A few weeks ago I broke out the coffee filters and markers. I had initially thought of it as a project for my daughter, since she is ALWAYS begging to do art. But, before I new what was happening a swarm of boys descended on the dining room. Everyone was clamoring for a coffee filter and some markers. Thankfully after 8 years of homeschooling there are no shortages of markers in this home!
For the past 2 weeks our amazing disks of color have sat on the school room table waiting for inspiration.
Finally, it came to me…Sun Catchers. This was a perfect craft for all ages. My 13-year-old son, right down to my 3-year-old daughter enjoyed it.
Here is a list of materials needed:
White coffee filters
Eye dropper or spoons
Colored computer paper
Step 1: Have your children color their coffee filters.
Step 2: Once they have filled their coffee filter with color place it on a cookie sheet and let them wet it down. We used an eye dropper but you could use a spoon. Get the whole filter wet. Just damp is fine, there is no need to soak it! Watch those toddlers, they love water! :)
Step 3: Let the filter dry.
Step 4: Let your child choose two pieces of colored computer paper. Lay one on top of the other. Place a dry coffee filter on top of the paper and trace a circle that is about 1/4 of an inch bigger than the filter onto the top piece of paper. Now you can draw your design. I did my daughters free hand, but the boys decided to use stencils. Make sure to keep your design away from the edge of the circle about 1/4-1/2 inch.
Step 5: Using an exacto knife cut out your design, making sure to cut through both sheets of paper. ***Make sure you do the cutting on a cutting board. I found that the cutting part was a bit difficult for my younger boys. I ended up doing most of it, but they were still really pleased with this project.
Step 6: Holding tightly to the papers, cut out your circle.
Step 7: Using a glue stick, smear the inside of one of the paper circles with glue. Lay down you coffee filter. Glue the inside of your other paper circle and place on top. I found that if I took this over to the window and held it up against the glass I could see to line up the top circle with the bottom circle.
Step 8: Punch a hole in the top. Run string through and then tape up to the window.
And with all those leftover, color-saturated, coffee filters you can make your daughter a fairy-princess-flower-wand. She will be delighted. See…
Well, maybe if she gets to say “Monkey” while you take the picture it will help!