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How To Make A Wintry Window with Paper Doilies

Doilies and contact paper on window.

Do you have transparent contact paper? Some paper doilies? That’s all you will need for these easy DIY winter decorations.

Transform one of your windows (or doors!) into a festive and wintry stained glass in a matter of minutes.

Our first time making this I used white doilies, but the second time we used silver and gold doilies. I’d also like to try it with a range of doily sizes.

And with heart doilies when Valentine’s Day comes around.

You can find doilies in many places including the drug store, grocery store, craft store, and maybe the dollar store.

This is an easy project to work on some quiet afternoon over vacation.

DIY Winter Decorations

A Wintery Window with Paper Doilies
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1. Setup

To get started, I spread out some contact paper on the kitchen table sticky side up and secured the edges with tape.

Girls placing doilies on contact paper.

2. Place doilies

Maia, Daphne, and I pressed the doilies (good side down) all over the contact paper…and then they moved on to opening candy canes to make candy cane lollipops.

Doilies on contact paper

3. Window template

I cut a sheet of paper down to the size of one of my window panes and used it as a template to measure and mark where to cut our doily stained glass pieces.

Doilies on window panes.

4. Cut panels & adhere to window

After cutting them out, we  pressed the new stained glass pieces into place, directly onto the windows.

In a few places, if there was a doily in a corner instead of sticky contact paper, I used a dab from the glue stick to help hold the corner down (it washes off easily).

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Isn’t it pretty? I think we’ll try a mix of different size doilies next time, or maybe let the girls paint them with watercolors first.

And, thinking ahead, wouldn’t this be fun at Valentine’s Day with heart doilies in pink, red, and white?

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  • Reply
    This girl loves to talk
    December 10, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I love it! I think random shaped doiles would be perfect
    My back door is similar to yours, maybe I’ll find some contact on sale soon since end of january is back to school for us in Australia after summer break. (would it be wrong to use ‘snowflake’ doilies in summer?? never (we still do paper cut out snowflakes for christmas and hang them in the window)

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    December 10, 2011 at 7:30 am

    The kids and I have been making snowflakes out of cupcake liners (I found the jumbo liners in the Wilton aisle at Walmart). I don’t remember where I saw it posted, but our door is looking similar to yours! Happy holidays!

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    Christie-Childhood 101
    December 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

    That looks so simple and so, so festive :)

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    [email protected] Art
    December 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Wow, this is such a pretty effect! I was just wondering what to do with our glass back door, now I know!

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    December 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

    fun idea w/the doilies! would also work w/cut snowflakes out of coffee filters i presume. fun fun!
    and i figured out the .com thing the other day… so much easier! thank you!

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    December 10, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Love the door Jean. I wish we had windows like that in our door — I’d do it for E’s birthday party (she’s having a snowflake ball).

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    Janina Busch-Amrhein
    December 10, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I love your front door. My wishlist has your front door on it. ^_^ Ours actually has permanent fake doily-type flower etchings. While we all enjoy the patterns the sun projects on the wall when it’s shining directly through, I’d rather have the ability to switch things up a bit. The doilies look great, by the way! Thanks for keeping such a wonderful blog!

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    jen at
    December 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

    this is gorgeous! i really need to get on the contact paper train. i have a roll of the stuff, but am somehow intimidated by it…!?! who knows why. we tried some watercolor doily hearts on the windows a couple valentines’ days ago… but we just used tape. ( )maybe we’ll step it up this year. thank you for always inspiring!

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    Toddler Approved
    December 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Beautiful!!! I finally jumped on the contact paper bandwagon recently and am having so much fun creating with it.
    Can’t wait to try this. I am sharing it on our Facebook page right now!

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    December 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I love your doily snowflake window, we might have to try this.

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    December 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Hi I just started my blog today and wanted to say thank you for being such a good mommy and such an amazing inspiration as well! I listed you as someone I look up to, but because of my newness to the blogging world, I’m not totally sure on the “protocol” of linking. Anyway wanted to let you know just in case.
    I have to try this with one of our windows asap!

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    Danielle Bailey
    June 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Your idea is so creative and practical. Placing doilies on your glass window will not only make your window stunning but it can also give a sense of privacy to your home. The simplicity of the white doilies adds an elegant design to your window. Using it can also avoid passerby or strangers from peeking at the interiors of your house.

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