Painting Christmas Windows
Christmas with Peelable Glass Paint
Creating Christmas windows with Thorndown Peelable Glass Paint is fun and easy, and a little bit of paint goes a long way.
This Christmas Window scene was painted on a glass window using the Peelable Glass Paint Christmas Stencil Craft Pack. The pack contains an art brush, 6 Christmas themed stencils (angel, Christmas tree, Santa Claus, snowflake, snowman, and stars) and 4 x 40ml Peelable Glass Paint tins in Dragon Red, Goblin Green, Griffin Gold, and Swan White. It was a lot of fun to paint and creates a very attractive scene for windows at home or on the high street.
The snow at the bottom of the window was painted on with a radiator roller. I only painted on one coat to give it the effect of a light snow coating but two coats would increase the solidity and make the snow look thicker.
These same stencils and glass paint colours were used to create a number of decorative Christmas items that can be used in the home or given away as hand-made gifts.
I managed to knock a large chunk of glass out of the rim of a kilner jar so couldn’t use it for food storage anymore. Instead I glued the chunk back on and transformed the jar into a Christmas theme that can be used as a table centre decoration.
Firstly I painted Swan White Peelable Glass Paint on to the rim to hide the broken glass and glue, then painted a Christmas Tree using a stencil and Goblin Green Peelable Glass Paint on two sides, and a snowman stencil on the other two sides with Swan White Peelable Glass Paint. On one of the snowmen and one Christmas tree I sprinkled on glitter stars to the paint where they dried in place to sparkle in the light.
Next I broke some old polystyrene packaging up and put it in the bottom of the jar as snow. Hidden at the bottom of the jar under the polystyrene is the battery compartment for a string of lights that is arranged inside.
Then I painted a wood snowflake decoration with Swan White Wood Paint, attached a ribbon to it and fixed it to the lid of the jar with sellotape so it hangs down inside the jar and twinkles amidst the lights.
The whole scene was really quick and easy to create and adds some home-made fun to Christmas.
Other pretty decorative Christmas items were also made using the Christmas stencils and 4 glass paint colours, creating a range of pretty decorations from tea lights to a lantern, and sweet jars.
An old pickle jar and empty coffee jars were quickly transformed into pretty Christmas jars filled with sweets and treats.
A customer sent us this picture of her fabulous creation for her street Advent Window.
Her local area put on the event to raise money for Shelter. Amy and her neighbour used a Rainbow Peelable Glass Paint Pack, swapping out a couple of the colours for Bat Black and White Witch so they could create their advent window designs.
Amy used a template from an internet blog to create this really attractive advent window.
The stained glass effect suits the theme beautifully and illuminates strikingly at night.
At the end of advent she could just peel away the design!
Handmade Baubles and Christmas Tree
In another room I created 5 stencils of baubles in a variety of sizes so I could use them again and again, painting a pretty bauble scene across bay windows. In one of the returns I created a Christmas Tree complete with presents and lights.
To make a Christmas tree I used Frog tape to mark out the outline. Frog tape is great as it creates a really good seal, but just make sure to firmly press down the edges to make sure you don’t get any paint bleeding underneath. After painting the tree using Goblin Green translucent Peelable Glass Paint, I then marked out the tree trunk, mixed together some Dragon Red with Goblin Green to make brown, and painted the trunk.
For some of the presents I sprinkled glitter into some paint to make them extra sparkly and pretty! Once the presents’ paint had dried I painted on ribbon using Griffin Gold and then used the same colour to paint strings of lights on the tree, dotting along the strands to create the effect of sparkling lights. The final part was the star on top and I used the same star stencils to paint stars across the night sky at the top of the window.
However when I painted the stencil of Santa the paint was being repelled from the window surface. I had cleaned the window with a home-made vinegar and water window cleaner then rinsed and dried, but there was still something on the window that was repelling the paint, causing it to disappear into itself. Luckily the glitter paint came to the rescue. By mixing some glitter into the Dragon Red the surface tension was broken and the glitter created a solid edge, stopping the retreat of the paint and saving Santa’s hat, and saving me from having to clean the window again!!
Again sections of the windows that I was painting the baubles on was repelling the glass paint. Because Thorndown’s Peelable Glass Paint can be used on interior and exterior windows, I simply went outside and painted the scene on the outside of the windows instead.
Mixing together Swan White, Goblin Green, Griffin Gold and Dragon Red I created lots of shades and used the stencils again and again to fill the windows. During the day the translucent colours let the sun shine through them and at dusk and night, the baubles turn solid creating a totally different look.
On the return side of the bay window I used more stencils to create a Christmas themed window, with Christmas trees, Santa, snowmen, snowflakes and angels flying in a starry sky.
Viewed from outside translucent glass paint takes on a more opaque look, and they look right at home in the snow.
The Peelable Glass Paint and stencils are so versatile you can use them on so many things including decorating a mirror for Christmas and making festive gifts. I washed up empty plastic soup pots, painted them using stencils and Peelable Glass Paint, then filled them with sweets and chocolates as a naughty Christmas treat for nephews and nieces. For adults I made a batch of fig chutney, filled old cleaned jam jars and decorated them as a Christmas surprise for the cheese board.
Christmas comes but once a year so make the most of it and get crafty with Thorndown!