Upcycled Plastic Suncatchers
Looking for a fun and eco-friendly activity to do with your kids this Earth Day? Look no further than upcycled plastic suncatchers!
This craft project is not only a great way to keep your little ones entertained for hours, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to teach them about the importance of recycling and upcycling. Plus, when you’re done, you’ll have some beautiful and unique suncatchers to brighten up your windows.
What do I need?
Before you get started, you’ll need to gather some supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Plastic containers or lids (such as yogurt cups, butter containers, or takeout containers)
- Hole punch
- String or yarn
- Acrylic paint (optional)
- Paintbrushes (optional)
Setting up the game
To set up the game, you’ll need to prepare your materials. Start by collecting plastic containers or lids of various shapes and sizes. Next, clean them thoroughly and remove any labels or stickers. Once they’re dry, use scissors to cut out shapes from the plastic. You can cut out simple shapes like circles and triangles, or get creative and make more intricate designs.
Next, use a hole punch to make a hole near the top of each shape. Then, tie a piece of string or yarn through the hole. This will be used to hang the suncatcher in the window.
If you want to get really creative, you can also paint the plastic shapes with acrylic paint. This is a great way to add some colour and personality to your suncatchers.
Rules of the game
There are no hard and fast rules for making upcycled plastic suncatchers. The beauty of this craft is that it’s completely customizable! Encourage your kids to get creative and make whatever shapes they like. You can also experiment with different colors and patterns.
One thing to keep in mind is that the plastic can be a bit fragile, so be careful when handling it. Also, be sure to supervise your children while they’re using scissors and other sharp tools.
Variations of the game
If you want to mix things up, there are plenty of variations you can try. For example, you could make suncatchers using other materials, such as tissue paper or wax paper. You could also experiment with different shapes and sizes, or even create a theme for your suncatchers (such as animals or flowers).
If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could even organize a suncatcher-making contest with your friends or family. Set a time limit and see who can create the most beautiful and creative suncatcher!
Tips for Success
Here are a few tips to help you and your kids create the best upcycled plastic suncatchers possible:
- Use a variety of colors and patterns to make your suncatchers more interesting.
- Experiment with different shapes and sizes to create a variety of designs.
- Be patient and take your time when cutting out the plastic shapes.
- Use a hole punch to make a clean, even hole in the plastic.
- Hang your suncatchers in a sunny window to get the best effect.