Kid’s Craft Project Easy and Affordable Suncatchers

Winter has finally sunk in around here and we’ve been spending a lot more time indoors. I’ve been trying to keep my 8 1/2 year old granddaughter busy with some easy and affordable craft projects, which she loves to do.

On a recent trip to my local craft supply store I found some goodies on sale and picked them up for her to complete. Not only is this project affordable, but once the suncatchers are done, they’ll look beautiful hanging up inside your windows! You can also use them as package toppers, gift bag add-ons, as holiday ornaments, etc.

Kid's Craft Project - Easy and Affordable Suncatchers

Kid’s Craft Project – Easy and Affordable Suncatchers

1 pkg. multi-color glitter acrylic paint pots
plastic suncatcher shapes
1 paint brush and water dish
newspaper and paper towels

At our local craft store we found the two strips of glitter acrylic paint pots on sale for $1.99. They didn’t come with a paint brush, but that’s okay since I had some of those at home. The clear plastic suncatcher shapes were on sale 2 for $1.00. We picked up 6 of them for $3.00. So, I spent $5.00 for the supplies.

When children are painting, you always want to lay down some newspaper to protect your work surface. We found it best to apply two coats of the glitter acrylic paint to really get the different colors to “POP”. When painting, the kids need to be generous with the amount of paint that they’re using to fill up the little “cavity” in the suncatcher with the different colors.

Once done…they need to let them lay flat for a few hours until they’re totally dry. If you get little air bubbles in the drying paint, you can pop them with the tip of a toothpick. We had one or two air bubbles form and that’s how we dealt with them.

Each of the suncatchers has a hanging hole. We did use some clear fishing line and made hanging loops on each one, so that we could hang them from suction cups on the windows. They look adorable when the sunshine comes streaming through the windows and kids will be proud of their new handmade creations!

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Comments

  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    It has been a long time since I made suncatchers. I think it would be fun to get some supplies so that I can make them with my grandsons.

  2. ellen beck says:

    My nieces and I made some of these years ago. I didn have the glitter paint, but they are so fun. They took some home of course, but I also got ‘gifted’ one each. Its funny, its these little things I enjoy seeing the most. They are inexpensive o make but so pretty.

  3. These look like they would be fun to do even with younger preschool kids. The different shapes are fun and it would be neat for kids o see the finished product hanging up.

  4. Susan Hartman says:

    I loved doing them with my daughters. I still have a couple on them hanging around the house – in drawers I mean. They are about 25 years old after all!

  5. Peggy Nunn says:

    I remember those. They were fun to paint. This is a great idea for winter inside things to do. Thank you for the reminder.

  6. I remember doing these when I was a little girl. I totally forget about this. Now I want to paint these with my daughters. Great activity for these cold days!

  7. We haven’t made these in forever and they are so much fun and so pretty. I will have to add this to my list of must do crafts thank you for sharing.

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