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DIY Suncatcher

DIY Sun Catcher | EverydaySmallThings.com

DIY Sun Catcher | EverydaySmallThings.comThese sun catchers we made turned out really cute and I wanted to share them with you! This craft provides kids an opportunity to get messy and have fun.

You’ll need:

Pull out your smocks (which are old adult tshirts in our case) and get ready for some gooey fun! Grab some dollar store frames or frames you have around the house. Remove the glass and set aside the frame.

DIY Sun Catcher | EverydaySmallThings.comThe first thing you will want to do is pour glue onto the glass. And I do mean pour.  We tried squeezing it out the regular way and that proved tedious. The kids eventually got enough on the glass but it took alot of effort. Next time, I’ll just remove the lid and pour it on.

Once you have a good thick layer of glue, squeeze out one drop of food coloring in each corner using 3-4 colors. The gooey fun begins! Now, mom, this is a great opportunity to let your kids be kids and enjoy the mess! We tried using craft sticks to mix all the paint up but it just didn’t have the same effect as their fingers. Let them explore the colors changing and the fun shapes they can make in the glue. Rilyn ended up putting hearts in her design while Landon just went to town getting messy.

This part got me a little worried because everything turned black. My heart sank a little thinking about these botched sun catchers. I thought maybe thinner glue and keeping the colors separated would help, so I tried doing one on my own, keeping the DIY Sun Catcher | EverydaySmallThings.comcolors separated. But mine did not look good at all.  It really needed that thick layer of glue and once they dry you can see all the awesome work your kids did blending all of the colors.

DIY Sun Catcher | EverydaySmallThings.comI loved how they turned out! They dried clear and the colors were vibrant and beautiful. Once dried, stick them back into the frame (without the backing) and hang them up  with suction hooks or Command window hooks (affiliate link), which is what we ended up using. 

These would make great gifts or just a unique window decoration for your home. We did this project with daycare kids and parents loved how they turned out! 

So, what do you think? Will you try this easy project with your kids? 

 

Watermelon “Popsicle”

I have a hard time reconciling the idea of giving my kids free reign of sugar and other junk when they are sick, but limiting it when they are well.One of my children has come down with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease…again.  This thing is awful!!  She is literally sitting on the couch with her tongue hanging out of her mouth because it hurts so bad.  “It feels like a bee stung my tongue!” she cried this morning.  Ugh!  Breaks my heart!

HFM is something you just have to wait out.  There’s no medication one can give to combat it (although I am pumping her with Vitamin C and slathering with Essential Oils).  Making them comfortable is the main objective.  The doctor recommended popsicles and ice cream.  That doesn’t exactly sit well with me after the last year of discovering how to eat well and being conscious about what is put into our bodies. I have a hard time reconciling the idea of giving my kids free reign of sugar and other junk when they are sick, but limiting it when they are well.

Watermelon Popsicle | EverydaySmallThings.com

Enter in Watermelon “Popsicles”.  These are the best of both worlds!  It’s like eating a popsicle but without all of the added sugar and dyes.  I have my freezer loaded with these things and I have absolutely no problem giving them to her one after another if she asks.

It is so easy!

-Cut up your watermelon

-Put a stick in it (make sure the stick goes in enough to support the weight of the watermelon)

-Lay out one layer at a time on a pan with parchment paper

-Once frozen, stick them all into a freezer bag.

Next time, I’ll use popsicle sticks because the cake pop sticks just don’t hold the bigger ones well.

This food-conscious momma is very happy.

Have any other ideas for fruit popsicles?