Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween suncatchers

I first saw Time for Play make these suncatchers using colored glue.  I knew I had to give them a try, so with Halloween coming up we made some great decorations to jazz up our windows.

I had stocked up on school glue during the back to school sales so I have a ton of it.  I just used a few bottles of it and added food coloring to tint it to my liking.  I just squeezed the bottle to mix the color through.  Then I laid out some wax paper on a cookie sheet it could be easily transported when we were done.


At first I was thinking our Halloween cookie cutters would make this project a breeze - the kids would just need to fill in the shape with glue, right?  Well most of my cookie cutters are a little defective - that is, they had this bar going right across the back which made it impossible to use most of them for this purpose. 



I decided I would outline a shape and have Mina fill it in.  This really worked out great, and then she was also able to do a little of her own artwork on them also.



At first I thought Maisy would love to draw out her shape with the glue, but she was frustrated that it wasn't turning out just right so I ended up outlining her first shape as well.  She started out with a ghost and decided to fill it in with a little purple.



This is Maisy's bat she decided to dump squeeze a few drops of green food coloring right onto her shape.  Then she stirred it in a little with a craft stick.  Actually this one ended up really fun looking, there really is no wrong way to do it.



Aha! Finally a cookie cutter without that darn bar running across the back.  Maisy really liked filling this one right in.



And when Lou got to make her own the next day, she wanted to start out with a lovely Hello Kitty shape.  Here she is giving her some white pupils {of course they dried clear}. 



I could not find our google eyes anywhere {but of course I have since then} so I pulled out some buttons so they could add some eyes to their Halloween creations.



Mina started out with two yellow eyes which then turned into a handful of buttons dumped right onto her pumpkin.  And oh boy, she did NOT want me to move one single button!  {I had to secretly move them so they weren't overlapping}  In the end, I really liked her little creation.  Who knew?



After a full day of drying, I was able to thread a string through them with a needle and put them on display. 

Linking this post to JDaniel 4's Mom Halloween Traditions.


15 comments:

  1. Oh, fun! Who knew glue would do that? What a great idea...and easy too! Thanks for linking at One Artsy Mama!

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  2. Very cute idea! And I love the buttons :) Thanks for linking up!

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  3. What a fun idea! I love how you added the buttons!

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  4. This is a really fun idea! I am going to show this to our Children's Church workers.

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  5. Thanks for the idea! I did this for spider webs and preschoolers love it. I am going to try this for Christmas ornaments. I pinned this to my pininterest board.

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  6. This is so cute! I have pinned this so I will remember to do it. I will certainly do this with my kids as we just did an activity with cookie cutters that they loved. http://www.messforless.net/2011/10/cookie-cutter-art-and-unexpected.html

    Now following you on Twitter. Vicky from www.messforless.net

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  7. I love them! They came out wonderful...love those buttons too! Looks like your kiddos had a great time creating.

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  8. This is a fantastic idea and they turned out great!

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  9. oh, these are so fun & definitely perfect for decorations!!! I will have to try this!

    would love to invite you to link up this idea & any others on my weekly child centered linky party - The Sunday Showcase (open thru Thurs.) - http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

    Bern

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  10. Wow! They all turned out brilliantly! I am impressed!

    Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  11. Thank you so much for linking to last week's Sunday Showcase! can't wait to see you share some more ideas on this week's linky - now open!

    Bern
    http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

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  12. What a fun concept! I hadn't thought to make sun catchers with glue. Thanks for sharing this over at our Best of October link up!!

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  13. Oh they came out so pretty!! Love them!!!

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  14. Thank you for linking to the Halloween Traditions link up!

    I love this idea! You made so many different kinds using so many different mediums.

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