This is a great project to do with your children any time of year—sure, there is more sun during the warmer seasons, but there is still sun during winter! There are a few ways to make sun catchers, but here is my favorite and what I believe to be the most creative. For quicker, easier versions, see Recycled Water Bottle Flower Sun Catchers and Plastic Lid Sun Catcher.

CAUTION: Anything more durable than a plastic water bottle has more potential to have sharp edges when you cut it up. If you choose to use a more durable container, make sure YOU (not your child) proceed with caution.

Materials:

  • tissue paper
  • glue
  • plastic water bottle(s)
  • scissors
  • water
  • paintbrush
  • a hole punch and string or yarn (for hanging)

Instructions

  1. step 1First, cut the bottle widthwise about two thirds of the way to the top.
  2. Next, cut slits lengthwise from the cut end to the base, and flare the strips of plastic out to create petals.
  3. I like using both parts of the bottle: the bottom for a bigger, longer flower and the top part for a shorter, fatter flower. Keep both to use for variation. You could cut thinner petals, but the tissue would be difficult to apply.step 2
  4. After you cut the bottle, cut some tissue-paper squares to fit the petals. A fun way to incorporate the seasons is by changing the colors of tissue paper. For example, for summer, use warm colors like reds, oranges and yellows. For winter, use cooler colors like blues, purples and greens. If your child is being very particular about cutting the pieces smaller to fit perfectly (as mine was), assure her that you can trim the edges after the glue dries.
  5. step 3Make the glue mixture, consisting of 2 parts water to 1 part glue, to apply the tissue paper.
  6. Using a paintbrush works really well to glue the pieces to the bottle. Apply glue to the bottle, lay down the tissue paper, and then brush over it. Fill the whole flower surface and let it dry. It doesn't take long at all!
  7. step 5Punch a hole on the end of one of the petals and weave string or yarn through it for hanging. I used clear string because I liked the effect when hanging multiple flowers.

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Melissa Jordan blogs at The Chocolate Muffin Tree. She is the mother of a wonderful five-year-old daughter and a former elementary school art teacher. She loves sharing her artsy ideas with others and inspiring her readers to make things.

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