Puffy Paint Window Decorations

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I’m sure you are in the holiday spirit by now, right? Is your house decorated for holidays? Here is a quick craft idea for some festive snowflake and ornament window decorations to add another crafty layer to your holiday decor. The inspiration came from this clever puffy paint doily tutorial from Doodle Craft.

All you need to get started is puffy paint and wax paper. I created some printable outline templates to work from.

I used a pretty snowflake templates and ornament shaped template.

Download and print your copies of the templates here:

snowflake outlines

ornament outline

The instructions are pretty simple too. Your kids will love tracing their own designs. All it takes is a steady hand and some patience. Simply place a piece of wax paper over the templates, and trace with your puffy paint color of choice.

For the ornament templates, I left the middle empty, so you can create your own fun designs. Just keep in mind to make sure all of the lines connect and touch each other.

When you traced all of the designs you want, let it dry completely overnight. The trickiest part is then peeling them off of the wax paper. Peel them away very carefully and slowly. I noticed that the ornaments with the thicker lines peeled off easier. If my 3D line was too thin, it tore and didn’t hold it’s shape.

Then, I decorated the window with the finished designs for instant window clings. Use the warmth of your hands to secure onto the glass.

They look so cool peeking through them to the outside. We are having a rainy, cloudy day outside, so it’s great enjoying the festive snowflake and ornament window clings from the warmth of the indoors.

This would make a great family project or boredom buster while the kids are out of school. Enjoy!

Happy holidays and happy crafting!

Update: there have been many comments and questions about this super fun kids craft. I’ve done a follow-up window cling post with my top tips after testing many different brands of puffy paints and surfaces. And I’ve provided two more fun templates to use: Check it out here: Mustache and Glasses Puffy Paint Window Clings.


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  43 comments for “Puffy Paint Window Decorations

  1. Janine Batcheller
    July 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Don’t tell my grandson but this is where I have been getting ideas to keep him busy since school has been out. He is 10 and would hate to think I was getting them from a Mom and daughter web site. Keep the ideas coming. I love them.

  2. Tara Blesener
    July 25, 2013 at 6:26 am

    This would be cool to do with glow in the dark puffy paint.

  3. Lisa
    October 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Puffy paint? Who knew!? I’ve been looking all over for this kind of pen or paint that pops out. It was under my nose for so long, thanks to pinterest! My question here is how do you delicately remove the paint on wax paper? Is there other ways to make a perfect puffy picture? Thanks!!

    • October 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Hi Lisa, Thanks for the comment. Actually I would suggest using clear acetate sheets (which makes it super easy to place over a template) instead of wax paper. I’ve also used acetate notebook binder sleeves. Then they should peel off nicely. Just be careful not to make your puffy paint lines too thin.

  4. Katie
    October 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I tried this with wax paper, and it didn’t work at all. They peeled off with a thin coat of wax paper on the back, leaving them a bit fuzzy. I see in the comments you suggest clear acetate sheets – maybe you could edit the original post to reflect this?

    • October 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      hmmmm…. sorry the wax paper didn’t work for you. Generally anything with a slick surface should yield the same result. I’ve had success with wax paper, the slick side of freezer paper, plastic presentation folders, and acetate.
      I’m wondering if your wax paper had a “waxier” side and a slicker side. Try again and let me know if you have better results.

    • Deidre
      December 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

      I used freezer paper. It worked perfect!

  5. Bonnie
    November 5, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Instead of wax paper try the aluminum foil that is teflon coated. I use this to lay my varnished pieces on to dry and they come off easily. Super product so it might make taking these off easier.

    • November 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      another great idea, Bonnie. The only downfall is that it would be see-through to use the template. But I will have to try this for free form window clings.

  6. Denise Garner
    November 8, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I tried this method to decorate some wine bottles for an added touch…however they didn’t stick. Isn’t glass,glass or what am I doing wrong? I ended up putting my designs directly on the bottles. This took days! Any suggestions?

    • November 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Hmmm, I’ve never tried to put make it cling to wine bottles. Great idea. I’m thinking the temperature of the wine bottle wouldn’t let it stick properly. I know, for me, the warmth of the sun on the windows helped it to stick to them.

    • heidi cross
      November 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Try putting the design on with modge podge… that stuff works wonders

  7. Michelle Davies
    November 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I wonder if you put them in the freezer for a bit would it help? I might try it

    • November 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Let me know if this works for you. Actually, I think the warmer the puffy paint is, the more that it clings to the window. I know when I applied to window, the warmth of my fingers attached it to the window, and then they stayed up nicely.

    • November 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Great suggestion for Katie for maybe helping to get off of the wax paper.

  8. gaylene
    November 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    what if you used it directly on the window?

    • November 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      I’ve never attempted that. For kids, it’s easier to trace the template while it’s on a table. I may need to test this out though. Sounds intriguing.

  9. Jane
    November 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

    I was thinking along similar lines to Gaylene (above) – if you taped the printed template to the outside of the window it should be easy enough to trace it with the paint from the inside – then voila! untape the template and your decoration is in place with no need to peel until you want to remove it.

    • Marni W
      December 11, 2013 at 3:45 am

      I’d think the paint may run if applied directly to the window.

  10. Monique
    November 14, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Hi, I love this idea for my kids windows during the festive season. But I’m also thinking come January, will I have problems getting them back off the windows considering they’re fabric/glass paints.
    Also, do you think the brand of puffy paint makes a difference, because I found these http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fabric-Paint-Value-Pack-pack/dp/B005IPJLWK/ref=pd_cp_k_h_b_cs_0 and was just wondering if they would work as well.

  11. RITA
    November 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hi I am so excited to try this next weekend with my niece, nephews and stepson. Is it any kind of 3D fabric paint?

    • November 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      So cool! I’ve only tried them with traditional puffy paints. I haven’t tested fabric paint ones. Have fun!

    • November 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Rita,
      I have been testing these with a variety of different brands of puffy paints with lots of success. Tulip dimensional fabric paints definitely work, and so do the more generic ones pictured in my tutorial. I have also tried Americana dimensional acrylic paint, and those have worked too. I have also tried them on different surfaces other than wax paper. Wax paper definitely worked for me, as well as acetate sheets and ziplock bags. I have had better success with the flexible surfaces I think because of the fact that you can easily peel away with your fingernail.

  12. Andrea
    November 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve done this before but without the templates & on glass mirrors & rubbermaid containers (It’s how I organize). They should peel off pretty easily. Planning to do this with my stepson over the holidays!

  13. Beth Menig
    November 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I’m just wondering if they will keep falling off in the winter because the windows are cold?

    • November 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Once they were attached to my window, they lasted all season.

  14. Jody
    November 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Paint on the non-slick side of the waxed paper and there won’t be any paper residue when you peel them off. I also found if they weren’t sticking well to the cold window, putting your warm palm over them for a few seconds will help. Now if I were only talented enough not to wiggle when I paint!

  15. Myrna
    November 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I have a new pack of plastic sheets that used to be used for overhead projectors… plan on trying the window clings on that. I’m sure that will work excellent.

  16. Stephenie
    November 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

    My question is in regards to taking them off the window when you are done enjoying them. Are they difficult to remove from the windows or mirrors? Thanks!

    • November 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Nope, they come off super easy, and leave no residue. We have been moving our recent batch of Mustache and Glasses window clings all around the house and putting on different mirrors and windows. = )

    • Frances rankin
      December 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks good ideal

  17. December 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Can you use glitter glue or does it have to be puffy paint? I have so much glitter glue already!

    • December 7, 2013 at 11:02 am

      I haven’t personally tried it with glitter glue, but I bet it would work. It is definitely worth a try!

  18. NIcole
    December 9, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I tried them, did not work. They did not stick no matter what. I wouldn’t suggest this to my friends.

    • December 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      hmmmm… I’m sorry these didn’t work for you. I can’t tell you how many countless puffy paint window clings I have for every occasion. I do know that different brands of puffy paints do work better than others. For this craft, I am partial to the Tulip brand.

  19. Nicole
    December 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I love this craft! But, I did have problems getting them to stick to the window. I used the Scribbles paint, and no matter what I did they fell off the window. I’m going to try the Tulip paint and see if that works….hopefully it does because I think this is a super cute idea! :)

  20. Heather Woodyard
    December 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Love this idea! Glitter glue works great, but I found they didn’t stick. Could be the wax paper I used (was waxy on both sides) or it could be that our windows are dang cold! It doesn’t matter because they are pretty and I also make my own cards and they would make for a really pretty holiday card! I love the idea and will have to check out your other ideas further! :)

  21. Natalie
    December 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I did these to match my other x-mas in gold and silver with rhinestones attached and they look very pretty and fancy.

  22. Lindsey
    February 3, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Has anybody tried them with fabric paint?

    • February 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Yes, I have. They are actually made more for fabric painting. The window clings is a happy by-product of them. = )

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