My boys love to hang gel clings on windows. Perhaps it’s the way the sun shines on them and makes them shine bright in the sunlight. Now that it is Fall, this is a perfect way we can decorate for the season as well as letting them do something they already enjoy. It is also a great project for help from little hands!
- Leaf templates (optional, for tracing)
- Construction paper (we used this for the leaf outline)
- Colored cellophane
- Contact Paper/Sticky Back Plastic
Print leaf templates if you choose to do so. Trace and cut out, leaving a 1cm border around the edges. Or, free hand draw shapes also leaving a 1cm border around edges.
Lay out contact paper, big enough for your leaf shape. You may need to tape it down at the corners to prevent it from moving. Watch out, it is sticky! Carefully put the leaf border on top and gently pat down.
Cut pieces of colored cellophane into squares/rectangles. Be sure to watch the littles with this part if they are helping with this step!
Place pieces of cellophane inside the leaf to fill it up. Notice what happens when you mix/cover with other colors!
Place an additional sheet of contact paper on top, gently. Cut around leaf border. Ta-da! You may also put a hole at the top to hang with string. We went ahead and put tape on the back of ours and stuck to the window.
This is a bright craft that doesn’t require paint and will stay bright! My two year old enjoyed making his own “gel clings” for an outside window.
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Photographs and content by: Heather Kucenski