This month at our Crafty Tuesday, we made some beautiful suncatchers to welcome the sunshine that finally seems to have arrived! Here’s how to do it:
Collect together some transparent bits and pieces which you can use for decoration. We found these pot toppings (basically little rounded-off chips of glass) in our local garden centre. We also used some glass beads, but you could use plastic ones, or bits of beach glass, or old buttons, or even try things like pasta, although it’s not transparent, it could look totally cool…ummm…have to try that one next…
Spread some white children’s glue into a clear plastic lid. Yoghurt pots or houmous pots seem to have this type of lid. Make sure there is no writing on the lid, otherwise it will transfer onto your suncatcher when it is dry and spoil the effect.
Have fun placing your bits and pieces!
Don’t worry if they sink a bit, they’ll all show up in the end when it’s dry.
Here’s what our group made.
And a few more that Sam and I made later as we were a bit addicted (ok, I was a bit addicted…)
Place them in a sunny spot for a few days. When they’re dry or very nearly dry, carefully peel the lid away, taking care not to crack the suncatcher by bending it too much. If it’s still wet on the underneath, which it probably will be, turn over and put back in the sun for another day or so.
When completely dry, you will find that holes (or very thin bits of glue which you can easily turn into holes by gently pushing the glue out with your thumb and forefinger) will have developed. You can choose one of these holes to put thread through to hang your suncatcher.
Now, place in a sunny spot and ENJOY! Welcome sunshine!