Published on June 16th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain1
Summertime Stained Glass Window Sun Catchers
I admit it, I’m turning into a sun catcher fanatic. I love to see the sunlight pouring in through the windows, and anything that brings color to my day is most welcome. Here is another kids craft that is perfect for a rainy day, especially when the next day might be sunny so that they can enjoy their hard work. These are beautiful summertime stained glass window sun catchers.
Please note that you can still do these without a diecut machine, however I recommend it to an older age, teen or tween. It would be easy to create their own by drawing a shape, making sure all lines are connected. (I did this project back in the stone age way way back in 8th grade.) Keeping the lines thick, use a razor knife to cut out between the lines on top of a self healing mat. Using a diecut machine is just tons faster and makes it easier for the kids to create with this craft.
I began these sun catchers with cardstock. 12×12 sheets of black, but you can go with any thick cardstock color. Just make sure the cardstock is dark enough so that the light won’t shine through it. I used my Cricut Expression and several Cricut Carts to cut out the background pieces. Including- Cindy Loo and Paper Lace1. However, there are many doilies that could be used in both these carts and others.
As you can see, although they look black in the window, the one is actually a dark purple. And I added gems to the centers of the flowers on the third one, so it could be as pretty in the dark as well.
You will need tissue paper (I got mine from the dollar store) scissors, glue, pencil and your cut background.
The first thing I did was to size and cut my cardstock out using Cricut Craft Room.
Gently pull the diecut off the mat, and turn it upside down.
Cut a piece of tissue paper about the size of the shape you are covering. Then trace around it lightly.
Cut outside the line leaving a small amount of paper, and adhere into place. I used a paper glue, made for scrapbooking so that the paper didn’t warp with the wet glue.
This is what it looks like from the front. Get stronger colors with two layers of tissue or more. Each layer has color and the more layers, the deeper the color will be. Above, I used two layers of red to get the darker center of the rose.
Decide where you want to add color, leaving or not leaving spaces plain. Continue until finished.
Hang with a loop of tape.