Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SUMMER BLOG CHALLENGE

DIY SUNCATCHERS

Looking through project ideas on Pinterest  my youngest niece picked out a really cool sun catcher craft. Thanks to A Little Craft In Your Day for their DIY Suncatcher, we decided to give it a try! We actually started this project after we had already made Homemade Play Dough; two projects in one day - crazy! Nonetheless, the girls were geared up and ready for this.

It was a long process ~ but they loved it!!

What You'll Need:

Plastic Pony Beads
6" Cake Pans
Muffin Tin
Drill/Tiny Bit
Jewelry Wire/Fishing Line

Step 1:

Place the plastic beads within the tins as desired. I decided to make a rainbow design as the main part of my suncatcher, with my deceased son's name KALEB within the muffin tins. My eldest niece loves peacocks, so to go with her room design she decided to use dark blue, light blue, light purple, green, and clear within her design (I helped her with the middle design of her peacock feather). My youngest niece decided to do a peace sign. This is the longest process - picking out the beads and placing them within the tins.

Translucent Plastic Pony Beads

Step 2:

Preheat the oven to 440 degrees (Fahrenheit) and placed finished designs in the oven to bake for approximately 20 minutes or until just melted. Remove tins carefully and place aside to completely cool.

When cooling they'll make cracking and popping noises...

Step 3:

This is where an adult will be needed. After the plastic is finished cooling, have an adult drill holes (carefully) into your suncatchers. If you are having someone else drill for you, make sure to mark where you would like the holes to be drilled using a marker (permanent). 

Make sure to have a block of wood underneath when drilling...

Step 4:

Using the jewelry or fishing line, put your catcher together. We used fishing line and everyone seemed to use different knotting techniques. Last, but certainly not the least ~ hang your catcher where it will best be manipulated by the sun and enjoy!