Oh I do love a sun catcher. It is such a great kids craft mainly because it is up on the window and can be seen and enjoyed but then you can change it easily for something else. I thought Christmas bulbs would work well because they are so colourful and cheery and the light coming through would make them look realistic.
This doesn’t take many materials at all.
- craft foam
- tissue paper
- pipe cleaners
You also need scissors glue and blue tack.
I cut the light bulbs out as Molly was at school but I will probably get her to make some at the weekend if she wants to. The bulb is a fairy simple shape to cut. Then we glued the back and stuck a piece of tissue paper on it and then cut round it.
I didn’t want to put sticky tape on the windows (they already need a clean as it is!) so I thought I would use black pipe cleaners stuck on with blu tack. This is good as long as you cover up the edge of the pipe cleaners with one of the bulbs and have a feeling they will fall off. I guess you could also use a white board marker to draw the string – but again it would depend on how much cleaning you want to do afterwards.
I am really pleased with how the Christmas lights sun catchers have turned out. They look really lovely in the window. I am going to take them down now as it’s too early for decorations but when I put them up for real I think I will have a line going across the top of the windows. I was also thinking it would be a nice advent calendar. You could add one bulb each day. It would also be great on a classroom or playgroup window. each child can make one or two and you would have a whole display of lights at the end.
For another Christmas sun catcher have a look at my nativity sun catcher.
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