Monday, December 18, 2017

DIY Window-Cling "Stickers" + Homemade Holiday Treat Jars

This project combines inexpensive supplies to create homemade holiday treat jars with removeable DIY window-cling style "stickers". They're perfect for adding a temporary festive touch or for gifting goodies.  We made pet treat jars as a guest collaboration with our partner blog, Dalmatian DIY, but this also works for wrapping human treats as well. It's also a family friendly craft for younger folks who can safely handle paint or with helping hands (simple designs recommended). Because we aren't painting directly on the jars, do-overs are easy and you don't need to deal with the headache of using paint on curvy surfaces.  Note: These homemade dimensional fabric paint clings will stick to most smooth surfaces, including windows, however, after having endured the pain of trying to scrape the former owners' well-toasted clings off the windows,  I've never again trusted anything on the windows to be temporary - bought or homemade. 

To make your own temporary window-cling style stickers you will need dimensional fabric paint.  The project only takes a small amount of paint per cling, so you can use some from you craft stash if you have it (like me!) or buy some in versatile colours for future projects. Yay!  You will also need waxed paper, and it's handy to have a template (more on that below), tape and scissors, and some scrap cardboard to protect your work area just in case.   To use them to make treat jars you'll need clean glass jars with suitable lids. Mine are washed and repurposed from groceries (love that these don't have printed lids...hint hint product packaging peeps!).  You can also buy ready-to-use jars in any style you like.

If you have access to a printer, it's easy to create your own custom lettering template in a font style that you like and size it to suit your jars. The best fonts for single-layer clings are script/hand styles with letters that touch to join together as a single piece of writing per word.  I used the font "BlackJack" for my jars and adjusted it slightly to join any disconnected letters.  Double-layer clings (create a solid base and then write on top) or single letter clings can work in any style.

  • Create and print your template, and double check size for fit. You can also freehand, if you prefer.
  • Optional: Cut to separate multiple labels or different clings for ease of tracing and painting. 
  • Layer a piece of waxed paper on top of your template for your painting surface. Tape to secure so that it doesn't shift or slide during painting.
  • Carefully paint with dimensional fabric paint to trace the lettering.
Tips: If you lettering has dotted letters, you can paint the dots away from the main text to make it easier for separation and removal.  I used wee little hearts in lieu of dots, and painted a few extras ...just in case!
  • Allow to dry completely.
  • Carefully separate the dried paint from the waxed paper backing, taking care not to stretch or tear the lettering. Easy does it, patience required.
  • Carefully place on the surface of your glass jar to re-create the lettering for your temporary label.

These homemade dimensional fabric paint clings will stick to most smooth surfaces, including windows, however, I'd strongly recommend using with caution and limiting these to surfaces that won't be harmed or create issues if removal becomes difficult.  Trust issues as noted in my opening comments! I've been using these jars for around a month now, and have hand washed them carefully without difficulty; however, these were created with the intention of temporary holiday use only.  Once you're ready for a change, simple remove the trashed stickers (use a scraper to lift if needed and then peel away) and reuse or recycle your jars. Easy peasy!

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