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How to make elastic gel window clings

Updated April 17, 2017

Elastic gel window clings can be a fun way to decorate a sliding glass door. Entertaining and colourful, elastic gel window clings are sold, but why not create your own? Making elastic gel clings is simple, inexpensive and a perfect rainy-day activity for children and adults. Anyone can make clings with just a few supplies and some imagination.

Tape a stencil to the bottom of a plastic page protector. If you have a pattern you want to use, tape that to the page protector instead of the stencil.

Trace around all sides of each shape on the stencil or pattern. Outline with one gel fabric paint colour at a time, making sure that each section touches each other. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Fill in each of the outlines with the corresponding colour of paint, making sure to fill each reservoir to the top of the outline for each section. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Hold dry elastic gels up to the light before removing them from the plastic page protectors. If there are any gaps, fill them with the appropriate colour or they will tear when removing from the plastic. Again, allow the paint to dry.

Remove the pattern or stencil from the back of the page protector.

Bend the edges of the paper protector. The elastic gels should start to peel from the plastic. If they do not, trace underneath the edges of the gels with a sharp blade to free the edges, allowing the cling to be peeled from the plastic.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape
  • Pattern or stencils
  • Plastic page protectors
  • Gel fabric paint: shiny, glitter, puffed or plain
  • Sharp blade
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Annmarie Keller has been a writer for more than 20 years. She has published her work in "Redbook," "Parenting," "Sunset" and "Good Housekeeping." Keller earned a bachelor's degree in English from California State University, Hayward.