beaded suncatcher.

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My mother-in-law recently unloaded a lot of random craft supplies on us, and in there we found a BIG tub of various beads. One evening a friend and I started stringing them and came up with the idea to make these little suncatchers.

What you need:
Fishing wire
Scissors
beads
Small plastic bracelet or top of a mason jar lid
string or twine

String beads on the fishing line and make a bunch of strings of beads.
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When you are finished, tie them along the perimiter of the bracelet and cut loose threads. Tie string or twine to the top for hanging. Hang it and marvel at the lovely colors as the sun hits them.

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It has been brutally cold here in Chicago for the past few days. We’ve been snowed in and hit with record low temperatures. I thought making this little sun catcher would help bring some color to this dreary winter. It was pretty fun to make for milo, since he got to use his very own scissors and do essentially most of the work. I love the little burst of color it brings to my cold, snowy window.

You will need:

tissue paper of various colors
scissors
Embroidery hoop (we used a 6 inch hoop)clear contact paper
suction cup hanger

Measure two sheets of contact paper to be about 1 1/2 inches bigger than your embroidery hoop. Cut out various shapes of the tissue paper. Peel away one of the sheets of contact paper and apply the shapes to the sticky side. When finished, peel away the other piece of contact paper and place sticky sides together to protect the tissue paper pieces. Place within the embroidery hoop and use a suction cup hook to hang in the window.

valentine sun catcher.

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I saw this project on the land of nod blog and thought it would be an easy, fun project to do with milo. And I had just enough contact paper left over to do it. I had a ton of scrap paper already cut up from my card making days, but milo had fun using the hole punch and making little confetti circles to add to the contact paper.
Here’s what we did:

First, cut out scraps of paper – use different sizes, shapes, colors.

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Next, cut out a big heart out of contact paper.

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Peel the back off the contact paper and affix the shapes you just cut on the sticky part. If you use letters, remember to make them read backwards.

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Then you can take the sun catcher and stick it directly on the window, like they did in the original post. I was paranoid if I did this, it wouldn’t come off my windows for some strange reason, so I cut out another heart, the same size, out of contact paper and put it on top of the other one, sealing everything in place. Then I used a hole punch to make a hole and add string to hang it.