Did you know that you can make your own gorgeous Valentine’s Day window clings? Customize the color, shape, and texture using 100% nontoxic ingredients to make the most squishy, translucent, and colorful window gel clings! In addition to making a beautiful Valentine’s Day decoration, there is plenty of Valentine’s Day STEM to learn from making these as well!
Valentine’s Day Science Activities
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My favorite reason for making these squishy window gel clings is that they can be fully customizable! We have now made spring/summer window gel clings, Halloween jellies, and Christmas gel stickers. Our house looks naked without gel clings in our windows.
Valentine’s Day Window Clings
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To make our valentine gel clings we gathered these supplies:
After gathering our supplies we followed these directions:
- 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), 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. 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!
Valentine’s Day Gel Window Clings Science
Making valentine gel clings is a fun and creative way to spend time as a family, but there is so much to learn as well! For example, notice how the gelatin gets thicker, or more viscous, as it hardens. You will notice that the colors don’t spread as easily as the gelatin sets.
Also take notice how the heart window gel clings start off thick and squishy, but within a few days on the window they become paper thin and crusty. This is because water is evaporating from them. Making these nontoxic decorations can give children some of their first hands-on science experience!
This post was inspired by a lovely series called 14 Days of Love. Check it out to find over a dozen beautiful love-inspired activities from bloggers from all over the web!