Every year when I was growing up, my family would attend a holiday festival at our local Waldorf school, and every year I would make a suncatcher from string and glue (similar to these). It was one of my favorite craft activities, and I looked forward to it each year. I knew that my boys would love to make their own “stained glass” suncatchers, but they’re still not quite old enough to master the technique and gentle touch necessary to make the suncatcher base out of string. I came up with a plan to create stained glass snowflakes using thick chipboard as the frame – much easier for younger kids!
What You’ll Need:
- Chipboard Snowflakes – cut your own or purchase pre-cut
- Elmer’s Classic Glitter Glue, assorted colors
- Elmer’s Glue Stick
- Parchment Paper
- Markers (NOT Washable!)
We wanted our snowflakes to have the appearance of stained glass, so the boys started by using a permanent marker to color their snowflakes black. If you choose to color your snowflake use only permanent markers or Elmer’s Painters Pens to avoid having the color run when you add the glue later.
Use the glue stick to adhere the snowflake to a small piece of parchment paper. Parchment paper is a non-stick surface, so this bond will only be temporary – gluing the snowflake on to the parchment paper helps to ensure that the snowflake stays flat and immobilized while you’re adding the glue in the next step.
Use a small piece of double stick tape to hang your snowflakes in a window where they will catch the sun and show off their sparkly cheer. I had a hard time capturing the brilliant colors with my camera (we’re in the middle of a big storm and the sky is really dark outside), but these pretty suncatchers are just as bright and cheery hanging up in the window as they are in the in-progress photos above.