How to Make Gel Clings

Coloring book images make great window cling templates.
Coloring book images make great window cling templates. (Image: color pencils image by Anton Gvozdikov from

Making custom window clings for any holiday or celebration is a quick project with results that are reusable and will last for years. Glass paints come in dozens of colors and are specially formulated to peel off and re-stick onto glass or plastic surfaces. Any kind of black and white outlined image works well to make a window cling. Window clings are a safe and easy project to do with kids, even preschoolers, because it is a lot like coloring, but with non-toxic paints.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Coloring book pages
  • Clear plastic sheet
  • Liquid leading
  • Craft glass paints
  • Toothpicks

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Download and print black and white images from crafts sites such as, or use a page from a coloring book as a template.

Place the template under a clear plastic sheet, then trace the design using a tube of liquid leading, making sure the liquid leading lines touch each other.

Squeeze the glass paints between the lines to color the open areas so it is thick but still within the lines; spread the paint with the tube's tip or a toothpick.

Allow the paint to dry completely for at least 24 hours, then peel the design off the plastic mat so the cling comes off in one piece.

Stick the window cling to any interior window by simply pressing it onto the glass.


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