I’m always happy to find kids crafts that my children clamor to do rather than those that require me dragging them over to the table to make; these simple cosmic glue suncatchers are one of those enticing projects! I was fooling around making them when they caught my daughter’s eye and she asked to make one. Later that day her brother saw the suncatchers drying and immediately asked if he could make one….so I knew this kids project was a keeper. Best of all it takes two minutes to pull together and about 5 minutes to execute, excluding drying time, perfect for short attention spans and moms with newborns! Oh and did I say it uses recycled materials? An eco-friendly kids craft as well…score!
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Cosmic Glue Suncatchers
- White Glue
- Food Coloring or Liquid Watercolors
- Plastic lids (Lids from tubs of yogurt, hummus, sour cream etc. work best, although metal lids also work)
- Hole Punch
- Step One Pour a generous amount of glue into one of your plastic lids and swish it around to cover the entire inner surface.
- Step Two Have your child put one or two drops of each color of food coloring around the glue.
- Step Three Give your child a toothpick to swirl the colors around in the glue. Stop swirling before the colors get too combined or the final result will be muddy and brown. This is an exercise in restraint!
- Step Four Let dry. As the colors settle they will continue to expand and create a dyed psychedelic effect….I love the 60s… Depending on how much glue you used, the suncatcher will take one to three days to fully dry. You will know it’s ready when the edges start to peel off the lid.
- Step Five When fully dry, peel the suncatcher off the lid, punch a hole through the top, add a string, and hang in a sunny spot.
It’s cosmic madness!
Footnote: If there is one ingredient I would recommend you have on hand at any one time to make and do countless kid’s activities it’s food coloring. Hands down, the possibilities of using food coloring in children’s art and science projects are endless and this is just another example of food coloring’s greatness!
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