While browsing online, I came across Simple Fun For Kid's Glue Star Suncatchers, and I thought that they would be a perfect activity to welcome spring! (Living in the Northeast US, we're ready to "catch" all the rays we can this time of year!) I decided to embellish upon this idea by adding some unique decorations for visual color and texture. My daughter just loved this craft, and I hope that this activity can bring some joy to your little ones, too!
Let's Make It!
- Elmer's Glue (we used white, but you can also use clear)
- Plastic cookie cutters
- Pony beads
- Buttons, assorted colors
- Confetti stars (or any shape you'd like)
- Cookie sheet
- Waxed or parchment paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Safety pin or push pin (for adult use only)
- Window suction cups for hanging (optional)
Carefully squirt glue into each cookie cutter. Use enough glue to cover the space inside each shape. We added a little extra (just a few small squirts here and there) so that the decorations had something to hold onto. Tip- If you use too much glue, it will run out the sides of the cookie cutters, and you'll have a mess! We actually had to start over the first time because we were too generous with our glue.
Once dry, these should easily peel off the waxed paper. Gently press on the sun catchers with your fingers and pop them out of the cookie cutters.
Since we used white glue, our sun catchers are not transparent. If you'd like yours to be see-through, consider using clear glue.
- Since hanging the sun catchers requires the use of a pony bead or button hole, make sure that you use either of these two decorative elements in the craft. Otherwise, feel free to experiment with other items! In the future, I think we may try adding small pom pom balls and googly eyes (for animal shapes).
- Make sun catchers for the seasons. Make Valentine's Day hearts or fall leaves and pumpkins. Decorate a snowman using beads for the eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. Use a piece of ribbon for a scarf and paint the tip of a toothpick orange for a nose.
- Who's to say these sun catchers can't double as ornaments? Make a glittery wreath, and hang it on the Christmas tree. Glitter always catches tree lights beautifully!
- Give them as gifts. These colorful trinkets would make fantastic Mother's/Father's Day presents for grandparents- especially since they're crafted by those little hands that are loved so much!