Suncatchers are a great way to brighten up those dreary winter days!
Make these Valentine's Day suncatchers with your kids to spread a little love around the house, or gift them to grandparents, teachers, or anyone else your child loves! They're easy to make and use supplies you most likely already have on hand.
What You Need:
- 2 paper plates
- 1 coffee filter
- Red paint
- Washable markers
- 1 cotton ball (or spray bottle of water)
- Tape or glue
- String or yarn (optional)
What You Do:
- Cut hearts (the same size) out of both paper plates. The paper plates will serve as the frame for your suncatcher, so the cut-out hearts should be a little smaller than the coffee filter.
- Paint the plates and let them dry.
- Use the washable markers to create a design on the coffee filter. Be creative!
- Run the cotton ball under water, then squeeze out some of the excess. It should be wet but not dripping. Dab the cotton ball all over the coffee filter to moisten it, causing the colors to bleed together. You can also use a spray bottle instead of a cotton ball.
- Let the coffee filter dry completely.
- Glue or tape the coffee filter between the two paper plates.
- Tape the suncatcher to a window that gets a lot of sunlight. Or, you can punch a hole through the top of the paper plates and loop string or yarn through it. Hang the suncatcher outside in a place that gets a lot of sunlight.
This article is by LeeAnne, the creator of Raising Veggie Lovers. She originally wrote this article for Macaroni KID Lower Manhattan, N.Y.