Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.

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Window gel stickers? Window jellies? Window gels? Window gel clings? There are several names for these squishy window decorations that my kids love to make for each season and holiday. How would you like to make your own window gel clings that are not only cute, but also taste-safe sensory fun for the littles? I thought so.
Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.
Now before you think I have gone too artsy on the Science Kiddo, just stay tuned. There is a ton of science your kids can learn from this. Plus it’s a great creative outlet and fun activity for you to do as a family! (For more creative process art check out Magic Milk, Blow Dart Painting, and Spin Art Spiderwebs.)

It’s really simple and only takes a few ingredients. Our window jellies turned out beautiful and fun, just in time to catch the sun’s warm spring rays in our window.

Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.Materials:

Four cups of boiling water (about 950 mL)

Six packets of unflavored gelatin (about 43 grams)

Food coloring and glitter of your choice

Googly eyes and/or beads, if desired

Toothpicks

One large cookie sheet with a rim

Cookie cutters

Spatula

Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.

Make Window Gel Clings

  • Add gelatin all at once to the hot water. Use a whisk to stir to make sure it all dissolves. Spoon out any bubbles.
  • Pour the 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 make sure it is level.
  • Once the gelatin mixture has cooled a bit (10-15 minutes), invite the kids over. Have fun dropping food coloring into the gel and swirling it around with a toothpick. For extra flare, sprinkle glitter over the top or add a few beads or googly eyes. (Obviously, these can be a choking hazard to kids who are still putting things in their mouths. Use your best judgement with your own kids!)
  • You probably only have about 30 minutes before the gelatin starts to harden, so don’t dawdle!
  • When you are done decorating, 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 carefully lift the 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 onto the windows and enjoy!

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*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!

Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.Easy, right? One thing I love about decorating the gelatin is that it is much more viscous, or thicker, than water. This means that you can decorate each corner differently and the colors/glitter won’t run into each other. You can customize the colors and shapes for whatever holiday or season you want!
Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.

Turn It Into a Science Experiment

If you want to incorporate more science into this activity you could pour some water into a pan, drop colors into it, and compare how it behaves differently from the gelatin mixture. Then do the same thing with vegetable oil. (We did this in our Color Bombs experiment.) You could also observe how your window gels evaporate after a few days on the window, leaving behind paper-thin dry shapes.

Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.

Another way to turn this into an educational activity is to watch how the colors blend and mix together, making new colors. You’ll see how the colors continue to move through the gel until it’s completely dry. Show the kids how to use two primary colors to make a secondary color where they meet!

Note: You probably won’t be able to take these jellies off your window and put them back on more than a few times before they tear beyond repair. They are slightly more delicate than the window gels available at the store.

Need some inspiration? We have made these window gel clings for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day!

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Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.
Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.
Make your own squishy and vibrantly colorful window gel clings using three kitchen ingredients. Taste-safe art and science activity for kids of all ages.

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By | 2017-02-27T22:06:22+00:00 April 17th, 2014|Art, Play, Science|18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Sue Lively August 21, 2014 at 12:30 am - Reply

    These look so fun! What a great idea. Going to the store right now to find unflavoured gelatin! Thanks for sharing with the Love to Learn Linky! Best, Sue

  2. Bronwyn August 22, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

    This looks like such fun. The recipe calls for 6 packets of gelatin – how much would that be in grams or millilitres? Can anyone help?

  3. Crystal August 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Great question! Each packet of gelatin is about 7.2 grams, so six packets would be 43.2 grams. Hope that helps 🙂

  4. Bronwyn August 25, 2014 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Thanks so much. We don’t get gelatin in single packets so this measurement helps a lot.

  5. Crystal August 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    You’re welcome. I keep hoping for the day the US changes over to metric, but alas, I may never see my dream come true 🙂

  6. Victoria October 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    What an AWESOME idea! Thanks so much for sharing! (Oh and thanks for the printable instructions too-made my day) 🙂

    • Crystal October 8, 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Christy McGuire February 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! I am saving this for a special project.

    • Crystal February 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      AWESOME! I can’t wait to see what you do with it 🙂

  8. Eva April 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    We are making those today! What a lovely idea!

  9. Wendy April 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Crystal! This post was one of our featured favorites on the Hip Homeschool Hop today! Thanks so much for linking up with us.

    • Crystal April 25, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Thank you!! I love the Hip Homeschool Hop 🙂

  10. Rodrigo September 6, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Hi . im from brasil , what is the durability of this sticker ?

    Hugs 🙂

    • Crystal September 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      They will last for a few days on the window before they start to dry out. When they are still fresh and wet you can probably move them 1-2 times before they start to tear and fall apart.

  11. Grace March 25, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this awesome idea! One of my kids is doing this for a project but they only last a couple days any ideas on how to keep them alive?

    • Crystal March 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      You could try to keep them covered in the refrigerator? It probably depends on the project. Anything you can do to keep them covered and cool would slow down the evaporation process.

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