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Welcome to another edition of Make Your Own Window Gel Clings! Today we are featuring winter and Christmas window gel clings…ya know, snowmen, bells, candy canes, and stars. I can honestly say these are my favorite window jellies we have made so far. The key? Glitter. Lots of it.

It is becoming a bit of a tradition in our household to make new window gel clings for each season/holiday. We started with our spring/summer clings, which were replaced by our Halloween bats and pumpkins. Embarrassingly, those stayed up until November 29 when I finally deemed it appropriate to put up Christmas decorations. The Christmas edition may stay put until Spring. We’ll see…

Making your own Christmas window gel clings is super easy. They are even edible if you leave the glitter out. (But really, a small case of glitter-tummy never hurt anyone, right?)

Grab your favorite Christmas/winter cookie cutters and let’s get started!

DIY Winter and Christmas Window Gel Clings from 100% edible ingredients! These are soft and squishy and are the perfect addition to your holiday decorating!

Make Christmas Window Gel Clings

Materials

Four cups of boiling water

Six packets of unflavored gelatin (or about 43 grams)

Food coloring and glitter of your choice

Toothpick for stirring

One large cookie sheet with a rim

Festive cookie cutters – Use these to make borax crystal ornaments, too!

Spatula

Directions

  • Add gelatin to hot water. Stir to make sure it all dissolves and spoon out any bubbles.
  • Pour your mixture into the baking sheet. You want it to be about a quarter of an inch thick (½ – ¾ cm). It doesn’t have to be exact, but you want it to be level.
  • Once gelatin is cooled a bit (10-15 minutes), have fun dropping food coloring into the gel and swirling it around with a toothpick. Sprinkle it with glitter if you desire. You only have about 30 minutes before the gelatin starts to harden so don’t dawdle!
  • Let the gelatin harden for at least a couple of hours. Leaving it out uncovered overnight yields the best results.
  • Once it has set use cookie cutters to cut out shapes or cut out your own shapes using a butter knife.
  • Use a spatula to lift your gel shapes out of the pan. Don’t worry if they tear because you can simply mold them back together on the window. Stick them to your windows and enjoy!
DIY Winter and Christmas Window Gel Clings from 100% edible ingredients! These are soft and squishy and are the perfect addition to your holiday decorating!

*Please Note: I have had some readers say their gel clings were too wet or heavy and didn’t stick to the window. If this happens to you, simply leave your pan of gelatin out uncovered overnight and try again in the morning. If they are still too heavy, leave them again until the next day. Each day, water evaporates out of the gelatin, making it stickier and lighter and more likely to stick to your window! Also, they stick better to cold windows than to hot ones, so you may have more success putting them up in the morning when the windows are the coldest.

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DIY Winter and Christmas Window Gel Clings from 100% edible ingredients! These are soft and squishy and are the perfect addition to your holiday decorating!

I love how these Christmas window gel clings catch the rare rays of sunshine during the winter. They light up our front room!

Christmas Window Gel Clings Science

In addition to being a fun art/sensory/family bonding activity, there is great science to be learned as well! You will notice as the gelatin cools down it gets thicker, or more viscous. When the gelatin is hot the food coloring moves easily through it, but as the gelatin cools down and hardens, the food coloring doesn’t mix in as well. My kids had so much fun coloring this batch that they had to rush at the end to get in all the colors and glitter before it firmed up completely!

Also watch as the days go by how the Christmas window gel clings dry out. They start out squishy and plump, but within a few days they will be paper-thin plastic-y shapes on the window as the water evaporates out of them. My kids touch them every day to see how they are changing.

DIY Winter and Christmas Window Gel Clings from 100% edible ingredients! These are soft and squishy and are the perfect addition to your holiday decorating!

 

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By | 2017-02-27T21:52:14+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Art, Christmas, Play, Science, Sensory, STEM Saturday, Winter|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Susen Kuchta December 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    These look great! We tried window clings in the fall but we used glue and dish soap and unfortunately it was a fail for us. I can’t wait to try it this way. My kids always love applying them to the windows and sliding glass doors but the store bought ones can be pricey. Can’t wait to try, thanks for sharing on our FB share day!

    • Crystal December 8, 2014 at 5:14 am - Reply

      I hope these work out for you! My kids really look forward to doing new window clings every season now. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Emma @ P is for Preschooler December 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    That’s a whole lot more fun than just buying them at the store!

    • Crystal December 8, 2014 at 5:15 am - Reply

      Indeed it is. It’s a family tradition now, which I love 🙂 Thanks for the visit!

  3. Chareen December 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    wow! Thank you so much for this. Going to give it a go. Thank you for linking up to the Virtual Fridge

    • Crystal December 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      AWESOME! Let me know how it works out for you 🙂

  4. Natalie PlanetSmartyPants December 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Great project. This has been on our list of things to do for a very long time! I’ll be featuring it in After School round up this coming Monday.

    • Crystal December 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Try it, it’s easy! And post a picture on my Facebook page. Thanks for featuring it, I’ll be sure to stop by (as always). 🙂

  5. Jill R. December 15, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    These turned out great!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  6. melissa72187 December 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Ours unfortunately didn’t work well. They’ve been in the pan for 3 hours now and when trying to take them out they fall apart super easily like their not fully set 🙁

    • Crystal December 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Sounds like they are just a little too wet. Leave them out overnight and try again in the morning. That’s what we usually do and they work better that way 🙂 Keep me posted how they work!

  7. Kim November 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    We have never made these, but I have never taken the time to search for the directions. Thanks for sharing at #made4kids!

  8. Ali Gilbert November 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    What?!?! This is AWESOME! I am totally doing this with my toddler. Thanks for sharing on Toddler Fun Friday!

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