Kids can make this easy suncatcher craft, using recycled corrugated plastic and felt pens. Hang this up in the window or outside, to twirl in the wind.
Age: 8 and up
Time Scale: 2 out of 5
clear corrugated plastic (1 foot square piece is lots)
Felt pens in various colors
Black felt pen
clear spray sealer
The clear corrugated plastic is a lightweight material, that can be cut with scissors. I had a piece of this leftover from another project. If you can't locate a leftover piece from somewhere, you can buy this in small pieces or in a 4' x 8' sheet. Giant sized might be interesting! Hmmmmm...now that has me thinking.
For this project, a 1 x 1 foot sheet is big enough. It is also a manageable size, that won't take a really long time to complete. Using a 4' x 8' sheet would require a LOT of coloring!
Make your own design or use this heart zentangle template. It is a very simplified zentangle design. If you really like doodling, you could make something much more intricate.
Put the template on the back of the plastic and hold it up to the window, to see the pattern. Trace the pattern onto the plastic, using a permanent black felt marker.
Flip the plastic over and trace the pattern onto the other side. Cut out the design, using either scissors or an exacto knife. (No, I don't recommend kids use an exacto knife. Mom or Dad will have to do this, Please.)
Now start coloring in the spaces, using various colors of felt pens. Color in a swirly pattern, instead of using a back and forth motion. It will look better. Go over it at least twice, more if you want a deeper color. If you make a mistake, you can use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to wipe the felt away.
Try not to color into the black lines, because it will spread the black. After it is all colored in, go over the black lines again, with the black felt pen.
Add black all the way around the outer edge.
After the felt has dried, spray both sides with a clear sealer.
Poke a hole near the top center of the heart.
Cut a piece of fishing line, about 14 inches long and put it through the hole and tie it. Make a loop in the top of the line, for hanging from a hook.
Now hang your suncatcher craft in the window. It will make pretty colors in the room, when the sun shines through it.
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