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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Who Knew? How To...light catcher craft.

Having a play date anytime soon?  We've had a few lately.  

The kids play, laugh, explore the house and laugh some more.  You know, they run around like wild horses.  Which is a right of passage when it comes to play dates!

But I like to also have a few projects or crafts planned for the littles to give their legs a break from all the running.

Here's an excellent idea that my sister passed along to me - light catchers!  They're easy for all age levels and the supplies are inexpensive.  And making them will slow the troops down, if only for a few moments.

You'll need some clear contact paper (I got mine at Wal-Mart for $5.47), colored tissue paper (torn into approximately 1" pieces), scissors, a marker, hole punch and string/cording or tape for hanging.

First, you'll have to decide what shape you'd like to make your light catcher.  With Valentine's Day right around the corner, today we chose to make Valentine themed light catchers for the ones we love. 

With your marker, trace your desired shape.  If the kids are old enough, let them decide and trace their own design!

Peel the paper-backer off the of the contact paper and place design, sticky side up, on the table.  Start placing tissue pieces onto your design.  Any which way is perfect. There is no 'right' way!

The Sprite went for a more uniform look with her first light catcher.

The Boy went for a multi-colored look.

When finished filling the design with tissue paper, place a piece of clear contact paper over the tissue paper.  Smooth out any lumps or air bubbles.  Then cut out your design.

Using a hole punch, punch a hole in your light catcher and hang with cording in front of a window.  Or tape directly onto the window.  Either way, they are so pretty and add a stained-glass look to your home.  So colorful!

We're sending a bunch of these to family for Valentine's.  Maybe you should too!  You know they'll love it!


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