Remember those lazy days of summer when you were a kid, when there was enough time to play ball with your friends, ride your bike, and do crafts with your siblings? If you’re feeling nostalgic about those warm days, you may want to delve back into your childhood with a simple activity you can pass on to your own kids – you can make an easy suncatcher with just a few items – a lid (from a container for sour cream or yogurt), glue, glass stones (any and every color – these can usually be found in the floral department of grocery stores or at art stores), and something to hang the suncatcher with – ribbon or wire should suffice, depending on how heavy the suncatcher is – you could also place it on a window ledge if it’s too heavy to be hung.
First thing you’ll want to do is find a suitable lid – whether you want a small, medium, or large suncatcher, you’ll need a lid that can contain all the stones and glue. Of course, you can also make several suncatchers of varying sizes at the same time, if you so choose. Once you’ve got a clean lid, you can fill it with glue. Don’t let the glue sit – you can immediately begin placing the stones in any pattern you like, as long as they touch at some point (this has the likelihood of allowing the glue to dry faster). Next comes the most difficult part – the waiting. You’ll need to let the glue dry at least a few days, and some suncatchers, depending on size and pattern, will take up to four or five days. Once the glue starts to peel away from the lid, you’ll know it’s ready. Then you can figure out where you want to display it, or if you want to gift it – this would make a beautiful present for family members, teachers, and friends.
Interested in putting together your own collection of suncatchers? You can find the list of materials, along with how-to photos and written instructions on The Jersey Momma website.