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Window Silhouettes

Posted by  ·  March 6, 2008  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

We had so much fun making these window clings —–the possibilities for seasonal and everyday decorations are endless.


You will need a roll of clear contact paper, paint brushes, paint (we used acrylic), fine sandpaper and masking tape.


First cut a piece of contact paper from the roll. I cut squares about 5″ x 5″ because that was about the size of shapes I knew I would be cutting.

Take a fine piece of sandpaper and lightly sand the shiny surface of the contact paper where you will be painting. Wipe off any dust. This step helps the paint adhere to the slick contact paper.

Since we are often VERY messy when we paint I taped a piece of wax paper to the table. Tape the piece of contact paper shiny(sanded) side up onto the wax paper.


Paint onto the contact paper square. Since my daughter is three I encouraged her to paint using lots of colors. I knew I would be cutting out Easter eggs so it really didn’t matter what or how she painted.


Allow the painting to dry completely. I think she painted about 10 of these squares.

Once the paint is completely dry take another square of contact paper the same size as your painting and peel off the paper backing. Cover your painting with the clear contact paper. Smooth out any bubbles.


Trace around any shape of your choosing. I used an egg and bunny for my template.


Cut out the shape


Carefully remove the paper backing. This takes some time —–make sure you are only removing the paper (the back of your painting should be sticky). If you use acrylic paint it is plastic enough that it has a tendency to peel away from the contact paper, so peel carefully! If it does peel away and it won’t stick back down just put a little glue stick between the layers.


Once you are finished stick your silhouettes to your window


from the outside looking in

from the inside looking out


I would encourage older kids to paint their own designs and then cut out. I can imagine huge flowers and birds! Nothing is sweeter than kid’s art!

Have fun!!

Filed Under: Crafts for kids, Easter, Make


  1. Kate
    Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
    Could tempera paint or another washable paint be used? Such and cute idea--can't wait to do it with my girls!
  2. Loretta Torraville
    Monday, October 21st, 2013
    I can make some of those to prevent birds from hitting my windows!Much less expensive than the purchased ones.
  3. Friday, April 6th, 2012
    Thanks for the great tutorial. We tried it and kids love it. Plese check it out. We improvised:
  4. River
    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
    I just did this with the kids at my church. I got as far as the paint drying and one cut out, and I'm finishing them this weekend. I do have a question...do they come off the windows easily?
  5. melissa
    Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
    this is a funtastic idea great for keeping them busy during spring break. Or for vacation bible school projects
  6. Aimee
    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
    Great idea. My kids will love doing this.
  7. Tiffany
    Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
    We had so much fun making these this weekend. My 2 year old was so excited when we hung up "her" shamrocks we painted. I have gotten so many compliments on them. Thank you!
  8. Monday, March 8th, 2010
    Great idea and a project even the youngest can do! Love that it uses inexpensive contact paper and how easy it would be to make different ones for the whole year.
  9. Lois
    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
    You can also use window decals from any office supply store
  10. Rachel
    Monday, April 6th, 2009
    I love this idea but took it one step further. Instead of putting the designs directly on the window, I took two of the painted sheets (sticky side to sticky side) and then cut out the template. Then we took a hole punch, threaded yard and ribbon through the top and hung them.
  11. Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
    This is a fantastic idea - our windows have looked so bare since we took down the christmas snowflakes :-)
  12. Friday, March 20th, 2009
    I love this!!! I will definitely have to try this one!
  13. Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    Love, love, love this idea! I'm so glad I found your post on Google! I will try this crafty idea for this Easter :)
  14. Thursday, March 20th, 2008
    Great idea - a friend sent me here and I can't wait to try these with my kids!
  15. Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
    This is such of a cute idea! I'll definetly have to try this with my girls. Thank you so much for sharing!
  16. Thursday, March 13th, 2008
    Fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers! LA
  17. gayly
    Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
    I found your blog (the crayon wrap tutorial- I am making a few of these for our next plane trip!)and love your ideas!

    How did you get so many people involved in getting security blankets for little ones in China. We would love to do the same thing for our next trip to China to bring home our next little one- can you e-mail me privately about this? We are trying to collect blankets & cloth shoes but don't know best way....

    I love your activities with for kids BTW- I'm always looking for fun things.

  18. Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
    Great idea! We'll have fun with this!
  19. Friday, March 7th, 2008
  20. Robyn
    Friday, March 7th, 2008
    Great stuff! Love this idea and will share with my sister's children!
  21. Friday, March 7th, 2008
    I love this idea and now to go get some contact paper. :)
  22. Cari
    Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    I was looking for a fun Easter craft to go with my kids this weekend. This will be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!
  23. Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    What a cool idea!
  24. Katie
    Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    Those are awesome!
  25. Emily
    Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    What a great craft! Love those window clings... I will have to do this for sure!
  26. Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    You are soo creative! I love the fact that you do so many fabulous crafts with your children! Where do you come up with the ideas??? I think we are going to have to try the window clings!
    Thanks for the creativity-boosters! :)

  27. Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    How do you come up with so many brilliant ideas, woman? Gah! You astound me. And I think I have a roll of clear contact lurking somewhere under the wrapping paper.
  28. Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    There are too many applications for this idea! Fun stuff.
  29. Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    I really love this idea - thanks! :0)