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Easter Egg Window Clings

By: Cindy Hopper of Skip To My Lou

This project comes to us from Cindy Hopper of the popular crafting blog Skip to My Lou. Cindy, a mom of three who holds a bachelors degrees in art education, loves crafting and making homemade items for the holidays. Check out this great Easter project that is perfect for the kids.

Easter Egg Window Silhouettes

Easter Egg Window Silhouettes

Materials:

  • Roll of clear contact paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Masking Tape

Steps:

  1. First cut a piece of contact paper from the roll. I cut squares about 5″ x 5″ because that was about the size of shapes I knew I would be cutting. Take a fine piece of sandpaper and lightly sand the shiny surface of the contact paper where you will be painting. Wipe off any dust. This step helps the paint adhere to the slick contact paper.
     
  2. Since we are often VERY messy when we paint I taped a piece of wax paper to the table. Tape the piece of contact paper shiny(sanded) side up onto the wax paper.

    Easter Egg Window Clings 1
     
  3. Paint onto the contact paper square. Since my daughter is three I encouraged her to paint using lots of colors. I knew I would be cutting out Easter eggs so it really didn’t matter what or how she painted.

    Easter Egg Window Clings 2
     
  4. Allow the painting to dry completely. I think she painted about 10 of these squares.
     
  5. Once the paint is completely dry take another square of contact paper the same size as your painting and peel off the paper backing. Cover your painting with the clear contact paper. Smooth out any bubbles.

    Easter Egg Window Cling 3
     
  6. Trace around any shape of your choosing. I used an egg and bunny for my template.

    Easter Egg Window Cling 4
     
  7. Cut out the shape.

    Easter Egg Window Clings 5
     
  8. Carefully remove the paper backing. This takes some time —–make sure you are only removing the paper (the back of your painting should be sticky). If you use acrylic paint it is plastic enough that it has a tendency to peel away from the contact paper, so peel carefully! If it does peel away and it won’t stick back down just put a little glue stick between the layers.

    Easter Egg Window Clings 6
     
  9. Once you are finished stick your silhouettes to your window.

    Easter Egg Window Clings 7

    I would encourage older kids to paint their own designs and then cut out. I can imagine huge flowers and birds! Nothing is sweeter than kid’s art!

 

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Love this idea! I am wondering if you could get clear vinyl sheets, like vinyl clings or use wax paper as an alternative to contact paper? I love the clever way of letting your little artist do their thing, and then cutting out the egg shape! This idea would look cute as a kite shape as well as flowers...or how about butterflies? Fun and clever project! Thanks for the great instructions! Love it!

This artwork would be excellent to use in a quilt. Copy them onto printable fabric and use them as quilt blocks. You could make a table runner for Easter and preserve the kiddos artwork as a keepsake. (You can get the fabric from Staples)

Instead of two pieces of contact paper , sticky sides together, what about checking your fabric stores for clear vinyl? It is usually found in the home decor fabrics section or in fabrics for use outside. No mess this way in terms of getting the contact paper to stick without bubbles!

Ever tried to get contact paper to stick to anything and have it peel off before you wanted it to? You shouldn't have a problem getting it off. If you do, just use a razorblade to get it started and peel slowly.

I can't imagine this coming off the glass easily. However, when I was a kid, there used to be very thin vinyl cutouts called 'contacts' that you could get that stuck on to black shiny cardboard. If anyone knew where to get that vinyl, that might work instead. The other thing we used to do when I was kids was cut out shapes from construction paper and put them between two pieces of waxed paper, iron them together with a warm iron, then trim them. My poor parent had to put up with many placemats made this way! But eggs and a wee bit of Scotch tape would be very pretty!

Does this come off the window easily? Thank you!

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