I’ve never been to Ireland, but am reliably informed that the sun is not often seen. So to make a suncatcher for St. Patricks Day may seem like an Irish joke. Perhaps, then, it is appropriately ironic? Happy St Patricks Day!
My suncatchers are made from 2 paper plates, some cellophane and a few decorative bits and pieces. They are designed to be hung in front of a window. The sun catches the inside and illuminates the object suspended within. Click the link below for instructions or watch the video on how to make a Valentines Suncatcher.
How to make a simple Valentines rose. All you need is coloured patty pans (or cake cases), green plastic drinking straws, pipe cleaners and scissors. The patty pans pictured are from IGA. I mention this as they have the ones which are coloured on both sides – sometimes hard to find. Here I have made a red rose, but you can make a variety of different flower types. See my video, below, for some other ideas.
This is a super-quick, simple and effective activity for small children. In the example pictured below I have used red, silver and green patty pans so we can hang them on the Christmas tree. However, they don’t have to be for Christmas necessarily, the chains can also be used for necklaces, doorway hangings or fancy party streamers.
All you need is some coloured patty pans, string, drinking straws and a craft knife. I use the kids plastic craft string as it tends to be more rigid and easier for little fingers to thread with.
Cut the straws into pieces roughly 4cm long.
Using the tip of your craft knife punch a small hole into a stack of patty pans. Twist the knife back and forth until the hole goes through all the patty pans. Make sure the hole is not too big. It should be large enough to thread the string through, but small enough that the straw will not pass through.
Make a large knot in the end of the string. Thread a piece of straw followed by a patty pan. Keep alternating straws and patty pans until the chain reaches the desired length. For very young children you may need to hold the string while they thread the pieces on or vice versa.
These were inspired by some giant fake flowers I saw in a craft store. They were beautifully constructed out of wire and coloured netting fabric. They were also $25.00 – each. Instead I bought some aluminium foil and tissue paper and came up with my own giant foil flower.