Ann is from Southern California and has an affinity for vintage products.
What Is Glass Wax?
Glass Wax was wildly popular in the 1950s. It was one of the best products for cleaning windows and left no streaks. According to the ad, it was also great for decorating windows. Every year, alongside the Glass Wax can at the market, the stencils would appear. All you would hear was the kids saying, "Mom, can we have this?" The best part of decorating the windows with Glass Wax was that none of us kids minded cleaning the windows after Christmas.
Where Do I Find It?
Glass Wax was a product of Gold Seal, which has since gone out of business. I wanted to revive the window decorating because it was fun for us, and I wanted to share it with my grandchild. Finding the Window Wax and the stencils means that we can carry on one of our favorite holiday traditions.
I loved Glass Wax!
Vintage Glass Wax Stencils
These are the stencils we all used to decorate our windows. Sites like eBay usually have a good selection of vintage stencils. They last for several years, so it is not necessary to buy them each year. I bet if I looked in the shed, I could find some.
What's even more fun is that there are still some on eBay.
Stencils Are Not Just for Christmas
The Glass Wax stencils appeared at Christmas, but we used them for other holidays. It is easy to find stencils for Easter and Thanksgiving, but we made stencils for President's Day and the 4th of July when we were homeschooling. Even though we are no longer homeschooling, we may make stencils for other holidays. Besides, my windows always need cleaning.
Comments on decorating with window stencils
email@example.com on June 17, 2020:
You can also use this for privacy (without the stencils). And I won 2nd place in a Christmas window-decorating contest once (1990s) in our apartment complex (won $75).
greg on May 20, 2020:
Try putting food coloring in the glass wax for different color stencils.
Clear Glass on February 26, 2020:
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We also put them on the mirror above the fireplace.
Hannah on December 06, 2019:
So my mom gave me these stencils! She used them every year with spray snow.. her mom gave them to her before that.. and so we have made this a family tradition for 3 generations.. I am trying to find the glass wax.. instead of spray snow this year! Thanks for any advice!
Susan on December 03, 2019:
This brings back such great memories. As kids we loved them and I now realize how great it was for our Moms!
jack on October 29, 2019:
where are answers?
Al Hartmann on September 15, 2019:
another use for the stencils is to create stained glass decorations with black construction paper frames and colored clear plastic sheets
Carol S on November 28, 2018:
Still use it to frost window corners. I love it..I get it at Ace hardware
Donna Coon on January 07, 2018:
Does anyone know where I can purchase the set of stencils that included the Navity Scene?
Michael B on December 24, 2017:
As I recall, you could tint Glass Wax with food coloring to get different colors. Glass Wax was applied through the stencils by dabbing the end of a sponge in a saucer of Glass Wax, then dabbing it all over the stencil.
Glass Wax Christmas stenciling was extremely widespread in the '50s and '60s.
Paulette on December 11, 2017:
I tried the window wax and it did not work. It's dark pink and nothing like the old glass wax. Any other suggestions?
Michael ott on November 04, 2017:
Can glass wax be made into colors. Thank you
Buffy B on December 18, 2016:
Stencils are easy to find.
Who makes the glass wax replacement?
Where can you buy it?
Lynn on September 30, 2015:
Have an old home (1948) with original glass window that are very cloudy even when clean. Glass wax is the only thing that gets them clear again and lasts along long time. We looked forward to those stencils and the shiny windows after the holidays
anonymous on April 29, 2015:
I used Gold Seal Glass Wax in the 1980s on pin ball and video game glass. We loved it because the bar could use dirty water and a dirty rags to wipe down the glass, and it would still dry clear and very clean for up to a month.
It was a lot of work to use though. I would spend about 30 minutes on each pin ball machine (and when there's two dozen in a place, that's more than an 8 hour day!) and use newspaper to polish the glass once the wax was dry. But it sure SPARKLED for a good long time.
Angela F from Seattle, WA on December 22, 2013:
I remember glass wax but not the stencils - maybe they stopped in the 60s when I was born?
Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on December 08, 2013:
These are neat. I haven't seen the glass wax stencils before I don't think.
anonymous on March 23, 2013:
Great idea! Thank you!
anonymous on March 17, 2013:
We did it every Christmas in Ohio. Sure do miss that.
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on February 18, 2013:
Too bad this kind of tradition is vanishing... Looks like great fun!
anonymous on December 30, 2012:
You know, I still like the glass cutter and stencil thing you used to do.
anonymous on December 08, 2012:
Stopped by to wish you and the family a Merry Christmas. :)
WriterJanis2 on December 01, 2012:
This looks like fun.
anonymous on December 01, 2012:
i used to do this every year in our two picture windows when I was a kid.
hmmm, don't understand why santa is flying over the nativity!
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 30, 2012:
Wow, were we ever that young? I remember these all right!
Vikki from US on November 20, 2012:
Yeah, I'm all in on window decorating; one of my favorite things to do. Great resource!
anonymous on November 02, 2012:
Adding food coloring or other dyes to the Glass Wax made multi-colored images possible (not just the white ones from the base product). I remember cutting up sponges so we could create great scenes for many different holidays, not just Christmas.
DecoratingEvents on October 23, 2012:
We never did this but it looks like so much fun! Cleaning and decorating the windows -- excellent combination!
olmpal on September 25, 2012:
We used to decorate our windows at school during the Christmas period! How fun it was!!
Lee Hansen from Vermont on September 10, 2012:
I remember and loved decorating our windows with Glass Wax. I'll take a ride over to the VT Country Store to check out their Window Wax and stencils this year.
Mary Stuart on April 09, 2012:
I'd never heard about glass wax until now. It looks like a really neat way to dress up a window for Christmas.
houstonbizguy on February 10, 2012:
cool! i wish i get to know this earlier on Christmas. This could have been a great design idea in my window.
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Ruthi on January 21, 2012:
Oh! Decorating windows with stencils and glass wax was such fun when I was a kid! Thanks for the reminder and now I have to get me some glass wax so I can stencil a few goodies on a few of my windows.
jadehorseshoe on January 16, 2012:
Another Great Lens.
Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on January 07, 2012:
What a great trip down memory lane. Until I saw your lens I had almost forgotten about glass wax. What fun - I'm glad you found Window Wax as a replacement to pass along the tradition.
anonymous on January 06, 2012:
What a fun memory....the intro picture brought back all the memories!
goo2eyes lm on December 15, 2011:
cool idea with the window stencils. any cut-out can be used.
happynutritionist on December 13, 2011:
This brought back some wonderful memories...I hadn't thought about this in a long long time, yes, we did this, I was born in '51 so was a child through the 50's:-)
hlkljgk from Western Mass on December 12, 2011:
cool! thanks for the tips. :)
JoshK47 on December 07, 2011:
Never used this before - looks like a lot of fun, though! :)
Showpup LM on November 29, 2011:
Looks like easy fun.
wolfie10 on November 28, 2011:
that looks like a good idea with christmas coming up. would be good for easter as well
Kumarastylez on November 15, 2011:
very informative lens and fun to read :)
Formosangirl LM on November 11, 2011:
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 08, 2011:
@CozyKitty: I don't remember it coming in colors. It was pink as a liquid, but dried to white. We used to add food coloring to make colors.
LouisaDembul on October 07, 2011:
We used to decorate the windows with yogurt mixed with paint. Non toxic, easy to clean. Maybe there was something else in the mixture, will have to ask Mom!
CozyKitty on July 05, 2011:
I can't believe I've never heard of Glass Wax - makes me feel young!
It looks like such a neat hobby, and you could really do it any time of year, especially if there were different colors. Learned something new today!
Ann Hinds (author) from So Cal on April 02, 2011:
@anonymous: As far as I remember, it only came in the one color, the cream pinkish tint. If you had other colors, I don't remember them.
anonymous on February 04, 2011:
I remember that we were able to have colors, was the liquid available in colors or did we use food coloring for that?
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 14, 2011:
Wow! Awesome! I remember the window stencil decorations. I would love to try the Window Wax and see if it works as well.
Mickie Gee on December 31, 2010:
I do remember seeing these stencils in windows, but my Mom never got us any. I wish she had. Lensrolling this page to my "1950s: What was NOT to like!" lens. I like to share the fun part of the 50's as well as what was not so fun. This is definitely something good from the 50's.
Samantha Lynn from Missouri on December 31, 2010:
Oh I forgot about these things!
LOLteez on December 29, 2010:
Great vintage Christmas decorations! Lensrolled to Vintage Christmas Tee Shirts.