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Christmas Craft: Window Dressing

Window Dressing

Total Time Needed: 1-2 Hours

Help your child put his holiday artwork on display with this fun, easy-to-clean-up project that uses fluffy paints made from soap.


  • Kitchen grater
  • Bar of mild white soap
  • Lukewarm water
  • Electric mixer
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • New kitchen sponge


1. To prepare the paint, first use a kitchen grater and a bar of mild white soap (we used a 3.1-ounce bar of Ivory) to make 1 cup of soap shavings.

2. Combine the shavings with 1 cup of lukewarm water in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, mixing just until blended. Increase the speed to medium high and beat for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture is foamy and forms stiff peaks. For colors, divide the mixture among several bowls and tint each batch with a few drops of liquid food coloring. (This makes about 8 cups of soap paint; larger scenes, like our tree, may require more.)

Window Dressing - Step 3

3. To decorate a window, first cover the floor with newspaper and protect the window casing with masking tape. Cut a new kitchen sponge into small pieces, then help your child create a wintry scene with a textured effect by dabbing the paints onto the glass with the sponges. Allow the paints to dry, then peel away the tape.

4. To remove the design, first scrape off the bulk of the dried soap, then use window cleaner and a rag or paper towels to remove the remainder.