I spent last school year as the craft mom for one of my kid’s classrooms. I liked it because I like crafts and small children love making little arts & crafts projects so if you are the one letting them do that then they love you! At Valentine’s Day though I wanted to be able to do a nicer craft that the kids could present to someone as a little gift that they would always see. That was when I decided that suncatchers would be perfect.
Suncatchers themselves are very inexpensive and you can find all kinds at your local craft store and even Walmart in their craft department. They can range anywhere from $.29 to $.99 for a single one or you can order from someplace like Oriental Trading Company and get them in bulk really cheap. The problem you run into though is that the paint is what gets costly. You can get one of those strips of paint that has like 8 colors but the pots of color are really small so for a classroom you would need to buy one for every two or three students. That was when I got crafty. While roaming around my third craft store I happened to walk past the glue section and I thought, I wonder if I can use that. I then took home some good old-fashioned Elmer’s School Glue and added food coloring to it. The “paint” worked but with the white glue it was not as clear as I would have liked. So the next step was to try the transparent glue and it was perfect. I couldn’t tell the difference between true suncatcher paint and the make your own suncatcher paint. Then thanks to my daughter and her love of glitter I found you could add some glitter glue to your homemade suncatcher paint to give it some sparkle.
With all of the snow, gray and just general dreariness that has been this winter and spring I wanted to bring a little pop of color to one of my windows and let the kids make a craft so we whipped up some suncatcher paint and they got creative. Next week is spring break for them and daddy is on duty while I am on the Brandcation cruise so I think I may buy some more suncatchers because this is a project even daddy could handle for them.
School glue (transparent works best)
Paint palette, small containers, cups or bowls
Gitter glue (optional)
String, yarn or twine
Squeeze about 1/2 – 1 tbsp. of glue into a container and then add some food coloring. I used 2-3 drops of color for each. Stir the glue and colors together and stir in glitter glue to any of the colors you want. Let the little artists in your life paint. When the suncatchers dry you can hang them up with some string, yarn or twine.
Do you have a favorite rainy or snowy day project that you make with your kids?
This craft was featured on It’s a Long Story blog along with a lot of other great no-prep kids craft ideas! Be sure to check them all out.
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