Fun Arts & Crafts: Suncatchers!

Heart Shaped SuncatcherWe made gorgeous suncatchers, Matoskah had a blast and I had a good time as well! This is a simple, low cost and very fun craft to enjoy with your little ones!

 

 

 

Supplies for SuncatchersYou Will Need:

  • Glue, we used clear-drying Elmer’s School Glue. We tried both the white and clear versions. While the clear version produced a very nice looking sun catcher, it was flimsy and doesn’t last near as long as the thicker and more sturdy white glue.
  • Food Coloring
  • Toothpicks
  • Container lids, we used lids from margarine containers and coffee cans.

 

Making SuncatchersFirst, make sure your container lids are clean and free from lint and fur if you have animals around. Pour glue into the lids to make a nice, thick and even coating on the bottom of the lid.

Have your child drip drops of food coloring into the glue. Remember, less is more! Too much food coloring will end up with a blotched, brown mess! A drop here and there will be plenty, but kids usually seem to need to learn this on their own šŸ˜‰

Swirling!Allow your child to use a toothpick to swirl the colors around in the glue. Encourage imagination and creativity! Pretty spirals and grid patterns are great for building dexterity and learning to blend colors.

Set the lids aside where they can remain undisturbed to dry. This can take anywhere from a day to a week, depending on the temperature, humidity and thickness of the glue.Swirling 2!

When the glue is completely dry, carefully pry up one edge from the container. Once you have one edge free, the rest will come off pretty easily. Then, you can punch or cut a hole in the top for hanging, or trim it into shapes like the heart shape above. You will probably want to trim the edge smooth with a pair of sharp scissors for your child, then invite them to help hang it. Enjoy!

 

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