It’s no secret that I love a good craft project, but when it’s a project that I can involve my kids in, I enjoy it even more. It’s so satisfying to see them get creative, and the joy they take in making something themselves just melts my mama heart! My oldest,Max (who is 4.5), has really taken a liking to artsy stuff over the last few months, and I enjoy crafting with him in particular, because he is at an age where he actually follows direction and I don’t have to worry about him eating glue!
We took advantage of a cold and dreary day outside yesterday, to tackle making these heart suncatchers inside. They’re a great Valentine’s Day craft, but would honestly be fun to make any time of year. You could definitely get creative with this and play around with shapes and sizes for different effects! Either way, suncatchers are fun to make, and require pretty basic materials. This also a great project for allowing your little ones to practice using scissors, since there really aren’t any rules, and the squares don’t have to be perfect!
Tissue paper in varying colors
Sponge paint brush
1. Using scissors cut small squares out of tissue paper in varying sizes.
2. On a large piece of parchment paper, use the paint brush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge. (*** We found it was best to do this in small sections, so that the glue wouldn’t dry while we were working)
3. Begin placing tissue paper squares on top of glue. I found a little bit of overlapping created the best effect.
4. Once you have created a large square made up of tissue paper, use the Mod Podge to decoupage a thin layer of glue on top. (Be careful not to pull up on tissue while doing this)
5. Allow to dry.
6. Once dry, use scissors to cut out shapes of your choosing. For the hearts, I gently folded the parchment paper in half to cut out the shape.
7. Hang your suncatchers in a window, and enjoy the beautiful colors as the light shines through!