Window clings are usually made of vinyl or gel, and they are used to decorate more than just windows. They are also used to embellish mirrors, other glass surfaces, metal filing cabinets and even refrigerators. You can easily make them with craft glue and a few other simple supplies. Artistic ability is not required. If you can trace a photo or graphic, you can make amazing handcrafted decals that will stick like magic and last indefinitely. You can create stained glass designs, detailed animals, flowers, insects and more.
To make window clings with glue you will need clear high-quality plastic wrap, masking tape, a picture or graphic to trace and bottles of thick, colored craft glue. You can dye it using gel food coloring. Glitter glue is also ideal for making decals. In any case, be sure to use thick craft glue instead of the type that is labeled for school use. If you mix your own colors, you will also need bottles for application purposes as well as craft brushes for adding fine details. A clean damp rag is also helpful since it can be a messy project.
Begin by taping a picture or graphic of choice to your work surface. Tear off a piece of plastic wrap, and cover the stencil. Smooth out the plastic wrap, and tape the edges in place to keep it from moving. It must not have creases, wrinkles, ripples or folds. The smoother the plastic wrap, the better your window clings will turn out.
Next, begin applying the colored craft glue. If you want to give your decals a stained glass look, start by outlining the spaces using black or dark gray. Fill them in with colors of your choice. Consider using glitter glue as well as solid colors.
If you want to create a detailed work of craft glue art, begin applying the light colors first. Apply dark over light whenever possible. Add details using a craft brush with a fine tip, and rinse the brush in between colors.
Animals, insects and other creatures are also easy to make. Always begin with the eyes, and work your way out. Add details as you go. Apply the colored glue using the applicator tips, and use a brush to add lines, dots and other fine features. The window clings must be thick enough to stay intact when applied and removed.
After the stenciled design is complete, allow it to dry untouched for at least 24 hours. It can take much longer to completely dry, especially if the window clings are extra thick. When they are fully dry they will still be flexible, and they will securely stick to windows, glass, metal and other smooth sealed surfaces. If they ever fail to cling, simply wipe them with a clean damp cloth and they will stick again.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience