Decorate Your Windows With Glass Wax and Stencils

Updated on September 11, 2019
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Ann is from Southern California and has an affinity for vintage products.

Original Glass Wax
Original Glass Wax

What Is Glass Wax?

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.

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!

The replacement for Glass Wax
The replacement for Glass Wax

Do you remember decorating with Glass Wax and stencils?

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The original Glass Wax Stencils we all begged for.
The original 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 that there are still some on eBay.

Stencils Are 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.

Chase Products Stencil Christmas Designs
Chase Products Stencil Christmas Designs
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.

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      2 weeks ago

      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).

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      6 weeks ago

      Try putting food coloring in the glass wax for different color stencils.

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      Clear Glass 

      4 months ago

      We also put them on the mirror above the fireplace.

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      6 months ago

      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!

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      7 months ago

      This brings back such great memories. As kids we loved them and I now realize how great it was for our Moms!

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      8 months ago

      where are answers?

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      Al Hartmann 

      9 months ago

      another use for the stencils is to create stained glass decorations with black construction paper frames and colored clear plastic sheets

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      Carol S 

      19 months ago

      Still use it to frost window corners. I love it..I get it at Ace hardware

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      Donna Coon 

      2 years ago

      Does anyone know where I can purchase the set of stencils that included the Navity Scene?

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      Michael B 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      2 years ago

      I tried the window wax and it did not work. It's dark pink and nothing like the old glass wax. Any other suggestions?

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      Michael ott 

      2 years ago

      Can glass wax be made into colors. Thank you

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      Buffy B 

      3 years ago

      Stencils are easy to find.

      Who makes the glass wax replacement?

      Where can you buy it?


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      4 years 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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      5 years 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.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      6 years ago from Texas

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

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      7 years ago

      Great idea! Thank you!

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      7 years ago

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

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      This looks like fun.

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      7 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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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

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

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      7 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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      7 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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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 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.

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      DIY Mary 

      8 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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      8 years ago

      cool! i wish i get to know this earlier on Christmas. This could have been a great design idea in my window.

      Houston Window Replacements

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      8 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.

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      8 years ago

      Another Great Lens.

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      Vicki Green 

      8 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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      8 years ago

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

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

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

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      8 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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      8 years ago from Western Mass

      cool! thanks for the tips. :)

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      8 years ago

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

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      Showpup LM 

      8 years ago

      Looks like easy fun.

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      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

      very informative lens and fun to read :)

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      Formosangirl LM 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Pal.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      8 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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      8 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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      9 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!



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      Ann Hinds 

      9 years ago from So Cal

      @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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      9 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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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 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.

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      Mickie Gee 

      9 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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      Samantha Lynn 

      9 years ago from Missouri

      Oh I forgot about these things!

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      9 years ago

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


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