Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Archive for March 2011

Say hello to spring with this easy and fun suncatcher project! It’s a beginner project that teaches colors, tracing and cutting skills. Once it’s dry you can hang it in the window and let the sun shine through!

Things You Will Need:

  • Wax paper
  • Tissue paper in the colors of the rainbow
  • Cotton balls
  • A pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step 1: Rip off three pieces of wax paper. One should be large enough for a rainbow and the other two should be large enough for clouds. Begin by drawing a rainbow on the largest piece of wax paper. You can either draw it by hand or print out a picture of a rainbow and practice tracing it onto the wax paper. Next, draw a cloud onto each of the smaller pieces of wax paper.

Step 2: It’s time to practice naming your colors! The colors of the rainbow appear as follows: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Beginning with the red tissue paper, rip it into small pieces and crumple into tiny balls. Draw a line of glue where the red stripe of the rainbow is and gently place the crumpled up tissue paper on it, pressing lightly.

Step 3: Repeat step two for each additional color. It is best to work in order, one color at a time.

Step 4: Cut out the cloud shapes and spread a layer of glue on each one. Next press several cotton balls onto the glue to make clouds.

Step 5: Once the rainbow dries cut it out around the edges. Once the clouds dry add a layer of glue to the back of them and lightly press them onto the ends of the rainbow. Let everything dry and then you can hang the rainbow in a sunny window! I’ve used clear tape to hang mine.

Congratulations! You have made a spring rainbow suncatcher! It is easy to modify this design and make it your own. Simply draw or print out and trace a simple image from the computer and follow the same steps above, working one color at a time. The more basic the image the easier the project will be. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to post comments and pictures in the comments section! Happy crafting!


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