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Decorate Your Windows With Glass Wax and Stencils

Original Glass Wax
Original Glass Wax

What is Glass Wax and where do I find it?

Glass Wax was wildly popular in the 1950s. It was one of the best products for cleaning window 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.

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!

The replacement for Glass Wax

Glass Wax decoration was just plain fun!

Do you remember decorating with Glass Wax and stencils?

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The original Glass Wax Stencils

The Glass Wax Stencils we all begged for.
The Glass Wax Stencils we all begged for.

Vintage Glass Wax Stencils

These are the stencils we all used to decorate our windows. Ebay usually has 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 here are still some on eBay.

It's not just for Christmas

The Glass Wax stencils appeared at Christmas time but we used it for other holidays. It is easy to find stencils for Easter and Thanksgiving but when we were homeschooling we made stencils for President's Day and the 4th of July. Even though we are no longer homeschooling, we may make stencils for other holidays. Besides, my windows always need cleaning.

Christmas stencils

Chase Prod. 544D Christmas Stencils
Chase Prod. 544D Christmas Stencils

Window wax works with any stencils. These are pre-cut and can be used for decorating windows. They suggest that you use spray snow but that's just not right although I remember doing that too.

 

My search for Glass Wax took me to the 1950's commercial

Comments on decorating with window stencils 40 comments

LOLteez 5 years ago

Great vintage Christmas decorations! Lensrolled to Vintage Christmas Tee Shirts.


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groovyfind 5 years ago from Columbia Mo

Oh I forgot about these things!


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Mickie Gee 5 years ago

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.


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Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

Wow! Awesome! I remember the window stencil decorations. I would love to try the Window Wax and see if it works as well.


anonymous 5 years ago

I remember that we were able to have colors, was the liquid available in colors or did we use food coloring for that?


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Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal Author

@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.


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CozyKitty 5 years ago

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!

;-)

Karin


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LouisaDembul 5 years ago

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!


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LiteraryMind 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

@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.


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Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

Thanks Pal.


Kumarastylez 5 years ago

very informative lens and fun to read :)


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wolfie10 5 years ago

that looks like a good idea with christmas coming up. would be good for easter as well


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Showpup LM 5 years ago

Looks like easy fun.


JoshK47 5 years ago

Never used this before - looks like a lot of fun, though! :)


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hlkljgk 4 years ago from Western Mass

cool! thanks for the tips. :)


happynutritionist 4 years ago

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:-)


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goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

cool idea with the window stencils. any cut-out can be used.


anonymous 4 years ago

What a fun memory....the intro picture brought back all the memories!


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PNWtravels 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

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.


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jadehorseshoe 4 years ago

Another Great Lens.


Ruthi 4 years ago

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.


houstonbizguy 4 years ago

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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DIY Mary 4 years ago

I'd never heard about glass wax until now. It looks like a really neat way to dress up a window for Christmas.


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Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

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.


olmpal 4 years ago

We used to decorate our windows at school during the Christmas period! How fun it was!!


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DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

We never did this but it looks like so much fun! Cleaning and decorating the windows -- excellent combination!


anonymous 4 years ago

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.


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choosehappy 4 years ago from US

Yeah, I'm all in on window decorating; one of my favorite things to do. Great resource!


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Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

Wow, were we ever that young? I remember these all right!


anonymous 4 years ago

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!


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WriterJanis2 4 years ago

This looks like fun.


anonymous 4 years ago

Stopped by to wish you and the family a Merry Christmas. :)


anonymous 3 years ago

You know, I still like the glass cutter and stencil thing you used to do.


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TolovajWordsmith 3 years ago from Ljubljana

Too bad this kind of tradition is vanishing... Looks like great fun!


anonymous 3 years ago

We did it every Christmas in Ohio. Sure do miss that.


anonymous 3 years ago

Great idea! Thank you!


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DANCING COWGIRL 2 years ago from Texas

These are neat. I haven't seen the glass wax stencils before I don't think.


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SheGetsCreative 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

I remember glass wax but not the stencils - maybe they stopped in the 60s when I was born?


anonymous 19 months ago

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.


Lynn 14 months ago

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

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