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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Simple Suncatchers - Kid's Craft

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I hope everyone is doing great this month!  I am back to share these super cute and SUPER easy Suncatchers using Press-n-Seal and some tissue paper!  If we haven’t met yet, I am Cheryl and I blog over at That’s What {Che} Said.  I am so happy to be the Kid’s Craft Contributor here at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.  For those of you who have stopped over to my blog to say hello, I am so happy to see you all again!
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I have two boys, ages 6 and 2.5, and they love to help me with my projects.  A few months ago I shared my DIY Kaleidoscope where my oldest son helped me.  Today I am sharing a great project that your smaller children can do with no problems at all - suncatchers!  If they can pick up a piece of tissue paper and set it down, they they can help!  With the warmer weather comes more sunshine and I love to let the kids create their masterpieces and then we plaster their bedroom and playroom windows with their beautiful creations!  They love seeing their work displayed and love the colored light reflections that come through the windows!
Kids crafts diy suncatchers
Supplied Needed:
  • Press-n-Seal (found near plastic wrap and aluminum foil)
  • Paper/marker (for younger children)
  • Different colors of tissue paper
  • Different colors of cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • You best little helpers!
This first step is optional.  For little man I asked what he wanted to make and gave him a few ideas of things I could draw simply {kite, heart, flower or a sun}  He chose flower so I quickly drew the outline of a flower on a piece of paper.

Next I placed the drawing of the flower under 1 piece of press-n-seal.   Press-n-seal is perfect for this project because it is forgiving.  One side is just tacky enough to hold the tissue but it is not so tacky that he couldn’t reposition the tissue if he wanted or too tacky that it stuck to his hands as something like clear contact paper would do.  Be sure to put the tacky side up.
Sun Catcher on thatswhatchesaid
I dug into my tissue paper collection {all that tissue you get in gifts, Save it!  It is PERFECT for kid’s crafts and it doesn’t matter that it’s a bit wrinkled!}  and I cut strips of yellow and blue tissue paper per Ryan’s request.  I let him cut it into squares.  Cutting is his favorite thing to do and supervised using children’s safety scissors, it’s a great fine motor skill for him to practice!  You could also have your child tear the tissue paper into pieces!
Sun Catcher Helper
Once that was done I let him stick the tissue where ever he wanted using the drawing as a template.
making a sun catcher at thatswhatchesaid
making a sun catcher 1 at thatswhatchesaid
When he was satisfied with his creation I covered it with another piece of press-n-seal locking it in place!
Add layer of Press-n-seal to suncatcher
Cut a frame from some cardstock or construction paper and find a spot on your window to hang!
Suncatcher at thatswhatchesaid
Enjoy it their masterpieces in the sunlight!
diy suncatchers from thatswhatchesaid
Sun Catchers
{These are much more pleasant to look at than my neighbor’s yard!}

You can do these for the seasons {snowflake, sun, rain drop, leaves} or you could do holidays {Christmas tree, heart, shamrock, flag} or you can make “church  glass” as Michael (my 6 year old) calls it.  He means stained glass, but he is too cute to correct!  So save that tissue paper (or pick up a pack at the dollar store) and get sun catching!  This would also be perfect for Earth Day coming up on April 22nd.  Recycle your tissue paper and make a globe image with blue and green!

Thanks for letting me craft with you and your little ones!  If you are looking for another fun project to do with older girls or for yourself, I’d love it if you’d check out my how-to video to make a fabric flower.  I made this video in partnership with Jo-Ann Craft Stores for their Creativity Made Simple campaign!  It’s embarrassing hearing yourself talk!  It’s much easier to have you “read” what I say!

I am also whipping up a batch of my Buffalo Chicken Dip and a Fabulous German Chocolate Cake in the kitchen as well!  Hop over, say hello and introduce yourself!  I love making new friends!

Can’t wait to see you all next month!!



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