Are you looking for a great sun catcher craft? This glass sun catcher is beautiful! Kids of all ages will love making this glass sun catcher, and the best part is, both younger children and older children can make this craft. A sun catcher is a great way to make a beautiful window decoration and bring some color and light into a room. This suncatcher craft is a great way to recycle some items in your home and is totally budget-friendly. You can make this sun catcher at home or in the classroom.

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How beautiful is this suncatcher?

Sun Catcher Craft

If you’ve never made a sun catcher you may be wondering what it is. A sun catcher is a reflective ornament that you hang in your window. It helps collect natural light, bringing light and color into a room. Plus, you can make a sun catcher to match any decoration and season.

Glass Gem Suncatcher Craft

It’s beautiful and sunny outside! You can also take advantage of all that sunshine with pretty homemade sun catchers. If you’re not familiar with what a suncatcher is, it is a see through material turned into a decoration that disperses the suns rays throughout a room. And here’s an easy way to make a unique glass gem sun catcher from materials you may already have around your house.

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Supplies You Need To Make Glass Gem Suncatchers:

Sun Catcher Craft- How To Make a Glass Gem Suncatcher:

Step 1

Fill the Yogurt container lid with glue.  

Sun Catcher Craft Notes:

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!)

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Glue the glass beads into the plastic lid.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

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Let the glue dry for 3 to 4 days.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Find a section of the sun catcher near the edge where the glue is relatively thick.  

Step 6

Push a threaded needle through that area. Figure out how low you want the sun catcher to hang and tie a knot there.

Step 7

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

Sun Catcher Craft Notes:

**Remember, this is not a good craft for children under three without adult supervision because the glass vase gems are choking hazards.

Why We Love This Sun Catcher Craft

My kids love rainbows. And this sun catcher brought so many fun colors into the room when there was sun shine. My kids love seeing how the sunlight transform a colorful craft into a prism. And since it is hung by a hook, we can always make new ones.

We’ve actually started making a sun catcher for every season like: winter, fall, spring, and summer. And it’s a great way for us to all spend time together. The best part is, you can also introduce some science into this sun catcher craft as well.

Glass Gem Sun Catchers Kids Can Make

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Try making this glass suncatcher! It's so easy, budget-friendly, and kids of all ages will love doing this craft. It does require some adult supervision, but this glass suncatcher will make any room look just a little more cheery.

Materials

  • Plastic Yogurt container lid
  • Clear Elmer’s Glue
  • String or Thread
  • Suction cup window hooks
  • Glass vase gems

Instructions

  1. Fill the Yogurt container lid with glue.  
  2. Arrange the glass gems in the lid.
  3. Squeeze a bit more glue on top.
  4. Allow the glue to dry for 3-4 days.
  5. Peel out of container.
  6. Find a section of the sun catcher near the edge where the glue is relatively thick. 
  7. Push a threaded needle through that area.
  8. Figure out how low you want the sun catcher to hang and tie a knot there.
  9. Hang your new sun catcher on a window that gets lots of sun or in a dim room that needs brightening up!

More Glass Gem Crafts From Kids Activities Blog

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

More Suncatcher Crafts From Kids Activities Blog

How did you glass suncatcher turn out? What colors did you add to your sun catcher? We’d love to hear from you!



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13 Comments

  1. Does anyone know if this would work with canning jar rings set on top of wax paper? I wanted to do it for Christmas tree ornaments and thought the ring would look nice and be a better size for tree ornaments.

    1. I have not tried that, but based on what we have made here at Kids Activities Blog, that seems like a great idea and will give you a smaller ornament size sun catcher which would be beautiful on the tree! Let us know how it turns out!

  2. Is this a clear yogurt lid? I love the idea for a kids church Mother’s Day project. What yogurt has clear lids?

    1. Lol. It doesn’t matter what color the lids are. You are going to pop the catchers out of them when they are dry and hardened.

  3. What kind of thread/string did you use to hang it? I’m concerned about it ripping through the glue. Also, did you add more glue as it started to dry? I’m noticing that it is shrinking a lot but I couldn’t fit anymore glue it before it started drying. I have some deep vallies in some areas and I am not sure if adding more glue is needed or not.

  4. Gonna have to try this with my child care children…we have a tree outside we hang wind chimes on, I think suncatchers will be a NICE addition!!!! Or even hanging in our classrooms!!! YAY!!! I love your site…BTW!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Tracy! I hope the kids in your childcare have fun with this!

    1. Thanks Heather! I use 64 oz containers for the lids, but I think you could use any size. 🙂