Glass Gem Craft: Suncatcher

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glass gem suncatcher It’s easy to complain about all of the summer sun we get here in Texas, but there are lots of fun ways to make the most of it.

A couple of weeks ago our family harnessed the heat to make dashboard raisins, and I love Holly’s idea for making a solar oven to roast s’mores.  You can also take advantage of all that sunshine with pretty homemade sun catchers.  Here’s an easy way to make a unique suncatcher from materials you may already have around your house.

What You Need

  • Plastic Yogurt container lid
  • Clear Elmer’s Glue (cloudy will work too, but will dry a little opaque)
  • String or Thread
  • Suction cup window hooks (optional- you can just tie the string to the window latch instead)
  • Glass vase gems

How To Make a Suncatcher

Fill the Yogurt container lid with glue.  You’ll probably want to put in more than you think you need because the glue shrinks significantly as it dries.  (Good thing kids like to squeeze out glue!)

Arrange the glass gems in the lid.  Encourage your kids to fill the whole space; it looks prettier.

Squeeze a bit more glue on top.  (This will help the gems stay in and not fall out after it dries)

Allow the glue to dry for 3-4 days.  Peel out of container.

Find a section of the sun catcher near the edge where the glue is relatively thick.  Push a threaded needle through that area.  Figure out how low you want the sun catcher to hang and tie a knot there.

Hang your new sun catcher on a window that gets lots of sun or in a dim room that needs brightening up!

**Not a good craft for children under three without adult supervision because the glass vase gems are choking hazards.

For more projects with glass gems and marbles, check out these posts from the other Quirky Mommas:

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Katey never gets bored. Her three children, hungry husband, and backyard urban chickens see to that. You can read about all the unnecessary but fun things she does to avoid doing the dishes at her blog Having Fun at Home.

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