This craft is great to do when your child wants to decorate his or her room. If you’ve recently redecorated a child’s room, or are planning to do so as a surprise, these sun-catchers can be made to match your decorum. This craft is simple and should not take more than an hour to complete, including set up and clean up time.
If you want to make tissue paper sun-catchers, make sure you have the following materials:
- Tissue paper in a variety of bright colors.
- Craft glue or Elmer’s glue
- Water and a mixing bowl
- A hole punch
- String or yarn
- Clear, plastic lids
Step 1: Make sure the plastic lids are clean and dry. You can find this type of plastic lid on the top of yogurt containers or other similar containers. The plastic must be clear in order for this project to work. If you cannot find clear, plastic lids on products from your local grocery store, try to find inexpensive plastic containers at your local craft supply store. If you don’t have any luck there, be creative! Plastic freezer bags can be cut to specific shapes and sizes. Although the plastic bags may not be as sturdy, they will work just as well in a window.
Step 2: In the mixing bowl, mix together glue and water to make a solution. The solution should be about two parts glue to one part water.
Step 3: Using the hole punch, punch a hole into the top of each of the plastic lids you plan to use.
Step 4: Tear up the tissue paper into small pieces so that they will fit onto the plastic lid. Spread a small amount of the glue and water solution on the surface of the clear plastic lid. Start to apply the torn tissue paper to the gluey surface so that it lays flat. Try to mix different colors of tissue paper by overlapping so that there is no extra clear space showing through the tissue paper. Mixing colors makes for a better-looking sun-catcher!
Step 5: When you are happy with the appearance of your sun-catcher, let the glue dry completely. Make sure that no tissue paper has covered the hole you punched in the top of the plastic lid.
Step 6: Cut a bit of string and tie it to the hole in the top of the lid. Use the other end of the string to hang from a window. Look at the beautiful colors shine through on the next sunny day!
Don’t use a lot of tissue paper. The thicker the layers of tissue paper, the less light will shine through. Try to avoid layering more than three layers when you overlap colors.
Try adding translucent, colored beads to the plastic lid before or after you have applied the glue. In order to apply the beads, you may have to use regular glue instead of the watered-down solution. These beads will pick up light like a kaleidoscope.
The brighter the colors, the better. Try to avoid using white and black in the sun-catchers.