Snowflake Window Stencils
What you will make:
Decorate your windows with colorful snowflakes using
paper snowflakes as stencils. The
stencils are easy to make and use, and, with Aunt Annie's special poster paint mix, the
stenciled snowflakes will wash off the window with ease.
This project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. With a little preparation by the adults or teen leaders, this project is fast and fun.
Related crafts: In the
Symmetry in Snowflakes
craft project, get instructions and cutting patterns for making paper
snowflakes while learning about the repeating patterns found in every
snowflake. And checkout the
Easy Paper Snowflakes craft project for a simple way to cut
snowflakes, but use computer paper instead of tissue paper when making
Have more stencil fun in the
Stenciled Flower Pots,
Stenciled Cards and
Festive Window Stencils craft projects.
Here's what you need:
- Paper snowflakes (see
how to cut)
- Poster paint or acrylic paint
- Dishwashing detergent
- Large plastic lid to use as a paint palette
- Kitchen sponge (new)
- Masking tape
- Paper towels and window cleaner
- Optional: Freezer wrap paper or stencil paper
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Stencil Snowflakes on Windows
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials, including scissors and lightweight paper for making
paper snowflakes. Cut the paper into squares of various sizes that fit the panes of the
window(s) you'll be decorating.
Cut the sponge into four to six pieces. Tip: The sponge will be easier to cut if it is damp.
- Step 2: Cut Paper Snowflakes
Cut paper snowflakes in a variety of sizes and designs. See Aunt Annie's directions on
how to cut paper snowflakes if you need them.
- Step 3: Prepare Paint and Window
Spread newspapers under the window you plan to decorate. This will protect the floor from any spills or drips.
Clean the window with a spray cleaner and let dry.
Pour a small amount of water-based poster paint or acrylic paint onto the plastic lid.
Add a few drops of dishwashing detergent and mix using your
Wet the sponge pieces with water and wring them out as much as you can. The sponge just needs to be damp.
- Step 4: Stencil the Window
Place the paper snowflake on the window where you want the design to
go. Hold the stencil in place using small rolls of masking tape on the
back side of the snowflake.
With a sponge piece, apply the paint mixture to the stencil—use just a little paint at a time. Apply the
paint using an up-and-down dabbing
motion. This is called stippling. Be sure to cover the entire cutout
area of the snowflake with paint. You can also dab paint around the
outside edges of the snowflake if you like!
Loosen the tape and pull the stencil straight off the window. Let the
The same stencil can be used about three or four times. To
make a longer-lasting stencil, use freezer paper or special stencil paper.
- Step 5: Finish Up
When you are done with all the stencils, wash the sponge,
paintbrush, and lid with warm water. Pick up the newspapers protecting
the floor and discard them.
Now that you are done, stand back and admire your work. Don't forget to look at the snowflakes from outside, and especially enjoy how they look at night with the
light shining in the window and the drapes closed.
That's it! You are done!
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