Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY Suncatchers with Clear Glue

I was thinking the other day about the Elmer's glue suncatchers my aunt used to make with my cousin when she little.  I had been trying to think of something colorful and a little translucent we could make them with when I noticed some pretty and bright drinking straws at the grocery store.

Here's what we did:

First, we filled a yogurt container lid with clear Elmer's glue. You can use the regular opaque kind also, but it won't be perfectly clear when dry.  (Even toddlers love squeezing the glue bottle)

Then we cut up the straws into little pieces.  (Be prepared for the straw pieces to "jump" around when you cut them. )

You can arrange the straws in a design or just sprinkle them randomly.  It will look prettiest if you fill as much of the lid as possible.

Set to dry.  It will take several days, maybe even a week, to harden.  Pull the suncatcher out of the plastic lid.  It may curl a little after you take it out.  If so, you can put it under a heavy book for a couple of hours to flatten it out.

Use a needle to push a piece of thread through the top of your suncatcher and attach to a suction hook so that you can hang it on a window.  So pretty!

For another drinking straw activity, try using them with playdough!


Rebekah Patel said...

So pretty!  I like the idea of using pieces of straws.  They look just like beads.

maryanne @ mamasmiles said...

So cool! Love the straw piece idea - nice and lightweight!

plumbing said...

This glue is a good choice because the evidence is not so obvious and cannot affect to the outcome of the project. No mess in using this.

Marcia Hron said...

Oh, what a fun idea for gramma to do with her grandkids!!! Thanks!

Carrie said...

What a great idea!! I will definitely give this at try. I would love it if you would share at our link party at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2012/04/sharing-saturday-17.html. I'm your newest follower. Thank you!!

Jennifer Haas said...

Oh wow, this looks beautiful! Am going to pin this. This should go on our summer bucket list :)

JDaniel4smom said...

What a pretty craft! I love how the sun catches the colors of the straws.

Lmccollo said...

I am LOVING your website and have pinned about a billion crafts for me and my almost three year old to do!  Thanks!

Trisha Cooper said...

I know this is late...did this glue stay pliable/soft? Or did it dry hard and breakable? Thanks! Great idea!