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Make your own winter and Christmas window gel clings with just a few kitchen ingredients. They are festive decorations for the holidays and make for a really fun afternoon crafting and learning with the kids. It’s the perfect art and STEM activity for grandparents, parents, and caregivers to do with their kids during the winter break.

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!

Getting Ready

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Making your own Christmas window gel clings is super easy. They are even edible if you leave the glitter out so that your youngest helpers can participate.

It has become a tradition for us to make window gel clings for basically every holiday. All we do is switch up the cookie cutters and the food coloring we use to customize for each season. For Christmas window gel clings we gathered the following supplies:

Since this activity involves hot water I did a little bit of prep before inviting the kids over. I boiled the water and then added gelatin into it. It took a little bit of stirring and whisking to get all of the gelatin dissolved. Once the powder was dissolved I spooned out the bubbles.

Carefully, I poured the gelatin mixture into the baking sheet and spooned out the remaining bubbles. It was about a quarter of an inch thick (½ – ¾ cm). After about 10 minutes the gelatin was cooled down enough that I felt comfortable inviting the kids over to create their Christmas window gel clings.

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!

Christmas Window Gel Clings

The kids couldn’t wait to dive in! They took turns dropping food coloring into the gel and swirling it around with a toothpick. My daughter loved sprinkling her section with a generous dusting of glitter to make it sparkle.

The gelatin hardens as it cools. We had about 30 minutes to decorate the gelatin before it was too thick to color anymore.

Once the kids were done with the coloring/glittering phase, we left the gelatin to harden overnight. We left it uncovered so that it dried out just enough.

The next morning we came back and used cookie cutters to make festive shapes. My husband used a spatula to carefully lift the shapes out of the pan and set them into the kids’ hands to place on the windows. The kids had a blast arranging their decorations on the windows for everyone to 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.

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

When you are ready to remove the window gel clings, simply use a cloth and warm water to scrub them off. Some window clings can be more persistent and require the use of a razor blade to get them off the window, but often, they dry up and fall off on their own within a few days. It really depends on the temperature and humidity where you are!

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!

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!

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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  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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