Make a sun catcher for your window to coax the sun’s rays inside.
Tissue paper in a variety of colors, cut into small pieces
Scissors (use child-safe scissors for little ones)
Contact paper or a self-laminating sleeve
Two paper or bamboo plates
Yellow or orange poster paint
Yellow or orange poster board or cardstock paper
Yellow or orange ribbon
Cut the tissue paper into small pieces of various shapes
and sizes and mix together into a pile. Using sticky contact paper
or a self-laminating sleeve, arrange the tissue paper in whatever
pattern you would like, making sure that the edges overlap and
there are no spaces between the pieces. The idea is to create a
stained-glass effect. When you have the tissue paper in place,
carefully close the self-laminating sleeve or cover with another
piece of contact paper and seal together, smoothing out any
wrinkles or bumps. Let all of the edges adhere completely.
Cut out the middle of two paper or bamboo plates, leaving
about 2 inches around the outside edge. Paint the plates yellow or
orange and let dry.
Cut the laminated tissue paper into a circle that will fit
inside the two paper plates (trace the paper plate to determine the
size circle you will need). Use craft glue to secure the laminated
circle of tissue paper between the two paper plate edges.
Cut out eight to 12 equal-sized triangles. While the craft
glue is still wet, insert the triangles between the paper plates to
form sun rays.
Punch a hole in the top of the two plates and thread a ribbon
through. Hang the sun catcher in a bright window.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.