The holidays are fast approaching, but we’ll help you get in some easy last minute holiday decorating with our tutorial for DIY Christmas Window Decals. This simple holiday decoration adds street side cheer to homes, apartments, and would be gorgeous for Christmas window displays in retail shops. Plus, the whole family can get in on this project!
DIY Christmas Window Decals:
First, clean your window surface with glass cleaner and a soft, lint-free cloth. You can show off your finished creation to neighbors and passers-by by choosing a street facing window, or add unexpected cheer inside your house by placing smaller decals on mirrors in the bathroom or entry way.
Next, select a design. We’ve collected some ideas below, but if you’re confident in your free handing abilities, start sketching on a large piece of butcher paper.
With a design in mind, you can choose your decal material. The great thing about this DIY is that you can make it work with things you have lying around at home. As you’ll see in the inspiration photos below, decals can be made with frosted window film, custom-made vinyl, white paper, or a white window paint pen.
Read on to get inspired and learn how to make wintry decals with each material.
Frosted Window Panes…
This polar bear decal would be a cheerful touch in a child’s room or peeking out of a front door sidelight to welcome visitors. To make one of your own, place your sketched template under a piece of frosted window film and trace your design on top. In order to make tracing a little easier you can make your own light box with a tupperware bin. Find out how here. Cut along the lines with an Exacto knife or scissors and you’re ready to stick.
Our Thomas Hicks Decorative Window Film is perfect for this project. It’s made of top quality, thick plastic and will cling tight to your window even though it doesn’t use any glue. Since it peels off clean you can take it down in the springtime and save it for next year.
This window film is offered with a wide selection of patterns and textures that are great for bathrooms, odd shaped windows and glass doors.
Everything’s Better in Vinyl
This beautiful vinyl decal is made by attik72 (buy it here) who has a whole line of designs based on traditional French Christmas carols. You can recreate this look by tracing designs on drawer liner/contact paper, or draw them on your windows freehand with window paint markers. You know, the kind you use to write “Grand Canyon or Bust” on the family mini van before a road trip. Felt tip paint pens will allow you to make more intricate shapes, but make sure you clean off paint with window cleaner, plain old water won’t cut it.
It’s OK to Get a Little Snippy
This holiday window display was created at an antiques store in St. Louis. Create striking silhouettes for your home’s windows by cutting trees or other shapes out of white butcher paper. Pin them up with bits of scotch tape and you’re ready to go! Allow little ones to get in on the action by making paper snowflakes for the windows. The silhouettes will look beautiful from the outside of your house at night.
Go Forth and Create!
Let us know if you make a window decal of your own! Drop us a line or share a photo of your holly jolly creation on Facebook. Share any design inspiration with us on Pinterest by mentioning us in your pin @BlindsDot Com. While your at it, go ahead and follow our boards for more home design and crafty finds.