I am always looking for fun ways to keep the kids away from screens. We love crafting and these colorful sun catchers were a perfect way to spend our afternoon.
This you will need:
- Clear plastic beads
- Glass beads
- Metal muffin pans or fun shaped cookie cutters
- Oven or grill
- Dremal tool or small drill bit
- Fishing line
Steps for molding the sun catchers:
- Heated the oven to 275 degrees.
- Place the plastic beads in the cookie cutters and muffin pan. One layer deep. If using cookie cutters, place cookie cutters on a cookie sheet or metal pan before adding beads.
- Place the pans and beads in the oven for about 30 minutes or until fully melted.
- Once they were melted, place them on a cooling rack. It didn’t take long to cool.
- After the sun catchers are cool; pop them right out of the metal molds.
- Now drill small holes in the sun catchers. (use eye protection)
- Thread the fishing line through the drilled holes and add some colorful glass beads for some extra fun.
- Tie off and hang to add some color anywhere in your home or outside.
I also made a few wind chimes by repurposing a wooden rod that had been lying around for a while. I cut the rod in smaller sections then drilled some holes through the rod. I attached the sun catchers through the holes with fishing line. I found that stringing the sun catchers and beads on the fishing line first made them hang nicer off the wooden rod. Be creative and step out of the box to make some really cool sun catchers on the cheap.
- Use eye protection while drilling plastic. Safety first!
- Keep home well ventilated, or do it outside on your grill, while melting the plastic.
- If you string the sun catcher first it will hang better.
- If you don’t want to drill holes in the melted plastic shapes you can also use them as coasters or magnets.
- I used fishing like because it is strong and clear, you could use any thread you have on hand though.
This was a fun way to add some color into our home and patio.
Namaste <3 Jem