Decorating for the holidays is fun for the whole family. While many people decorate their trees and their front door, many neglect their patio glass door and windows. There are many fun projects you can do with your children to liven up these areas. Here are a few you can try this season.
1. Make puffy paint "stickers." You may have seen window stickers and decorations as local shops. Did you know that they are super easy to make on your own? All you need is puffy paint (available in the paint section of craft stores or online), wax paper, regular paper, and a dark marker. Have your kids draw some easy shapes (like stars, ornaments, simple trees, or snowflakes) on the regular paper with the marker. Place a sheet of wax paper on top then have them "trace" the shape with the puffy paint. Make sure that all the lines are nice and thick. Allow it to dry overnight. In the morning, carefully peel the shape off of the wax paper and put it on a glass window or door.
2. Make melted crayon pictures. These look amazing when taped to glass because of the way the light shines through. All you need is some old crayons, paper, and an electric griddle. You could also use a griddle over an electric stove (you don't want your children near an open flame so don't use a gas stove.) Turn the griddle on to low heat. Place a piece of paper on the griddle and then let your children "color" on the paper. The crayon will melt as they go, creating beautiful colors. After the pictures dry tape them up on the glass.
3. Create mosaics. Purchase some different colors of tissue paper, wax paper and glue (a glue stick or clear craft glue). Have your children cut or rip the paper into small squares. They can then create mosaics by gluing the pieces of tissue paper onto the back of the wax paper. They can make snowmen, wreaths, trees, presents, whatever they can think of!
4. Paint the window. Buy some acrylic paints, dish soap and a sponge or paint brush. Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap with every 1/4 cup of acrylic paint (this will make the paint easier to wash off later but it is not necessary for it to work). Then, use the sponge and paint brush to paint on the glass. Even the smallest children can participate in this activity, especially if you use stencils. When you are ready to remove the paint, simply wash it off with soap and water.
Don't neglect your glass any longer. Try these four activities and enjoy your new decor!