February is just around the corner and with it come Valentines Day. I like any excuse to craft, and so to celebrate Valentines for Kids, we decided to show you how to make Heart Suncatchers. We’ve been making lots recently and have also made Glitter Reveal Valentines Heart Light Jars and if you’re looking for a mess free activity, we made Mess Free Heart Valentines Light Jars as well.
There are lots of different ways to make these but Bear loved the fact that he could just do whatever he wanted – spread glue anywhere and stick the paper wherever and really enjoy the freedom of a process art activity.
For this activity, you will need:
- A plastic filing wallet
- Bostik White Glu
- A glue spreader
- Pink, purple, red tissue paper
- My free printable or a design of your own
- Bostik Glu Dots to stick the finished sun catchers to the windows
The activity is easy. It’s process art so it’s all about the making and the freedom and enjoyment of making it however the mood takes you.
Simply start by spreading the white Bostik Glu all over the clear plastic document wallet. We found it easier by putting a piece of card inside the wallet to stop it from folding over on itself.
Then, take your ripped tissue paper and stick it all over. You can layer it up, add more glue and even glitter (as we did) but just make sure that you have at least one layer of paper all over the wallet so that you have an A4 suncatcher when you are finished.
Leave it over night to dry or at least for a few hours, until it is fully dry and not wet or tacky anywhere. Then, starting at a corner that has substance and one two layers of tissue paper, carefully peel the suncatcher off the document wallet. After you have started with one corner, it should peel off easily.
You could hang it up there and then, as it is, or your can download my free printable (below) and cut out the hearts and word ‘love’ as we did.
Place the template, back to front, on top of your suncatcher sheet, secure it with a little bit of tape in areas and start to cut.
Now, all you have to do is hang them on your windows. I used to use Bostik Blu Tac but as it’s not transparent, you see the dark blob and on something as delicate as this, I don’t want to ruin the look of the suncatchers. So, we used Bostik Glu Dots to stick them to our windows and I was really happy with how they look. It’s brightened up our house in this grey dreary January / February and reminds me to spread love.
We hope you like this Valentines tutorial and our others. Click below for the template or scroll down to pin the tutorial for another day.
A free printable template to help you create beautiful Valentines Suncatchers with children of any age. A super easy process art activity.
Disclosure: We were sent a box of craft goodies and Bostik products in order to create craft tutorials.