It’s finally springtime and I could not be happier. This week at Friday Frivolity we’re celebrating the Earth. Earth Day is April 22 and we wanted to honor that special day and celebrate the phrase “April showers bring May flowers.” The craft I’m bringing you today incorporates both those ideas. This week I made coffee filter suncatchers. It’s a super kid-friendly craft that uses materials you probably already have.
Coffee filters are the basis of this craft. It’s something most of us already have laying around the house but if not you can pick up a huge pack at the dollar store for virtually nothing.
Watercolors are what make it pretty to look through. I used a basic, non-toxic set that came with one of my daughter’s coloring books.
Construction paper is used for the cutouts. You can use almost any color you want that compliments your scheme but darker colors do work best.
Glue holds the cut-outs in place. I used Elmer’s but any clear drying glue will do.
What to do
Use the watercolors to paint your coffee filter with any pattern or design you like. I chose to do a green/blue/yellow one for the rain and a pink/red/orange one for the flowers. When do in this step I used my hands to apply streaks of colors. You could use a paint brush if that’s more comfortable but I found that using my hands was faster. My daughter had a blast getting her fingers dirty. Let the coffee filters dry completely. I left mine to dry overnight.
Using the construction paper, cut out the designs you’d like your suncatchers to have. I cut raindrops and a cloud from blue paper and petal shapes from pink.
After making sure your coffee filter is dry glue your cutouts onto the filter. Let the glue dry and enjoy!
I love the way these came out and I love how customizable they are. This idea could work for a variety of occasions. This is a great craft idea for toddlers and younger kids. Many suncatcher crafts out there use beads and other materials not safe for the littles. As long as you are the one to cut the designs out every step of this DIY is safe with supervision.
How are you celebrating Earth Day this year?
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