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; this simple DIY suncatcher is one of those enticing projects. And because it looks so psychedelic I had to nickname them Cosmic Suncatchers!
This project was the result of just messing around at the craft table one day…I was fooling around with the idea of swirling glue and color when my experiments 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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DIY Suncatcher: Cosmic Suncatchers
- White Glue and lots of it!
- 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! Note: These suncatchers will morph over time. The longer they sit in a sunny window and dry the more they will change. The food coloring will eventually begin to shrink as the glue hardens
Cosmic Suncatchers remain one of the most popular projects on our blog and at in person events where we have tried them! They never cease to amaze children and adults with their swirling changing colors.
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