Last week at the library, I was skimming through the book, Hands on Crafts for Kids: 20-Minute Crafts, and a beautiful rainbow suncatcher caught my eye. My oldest, who is a fan of rainbows, liked it too and asked if we could make one for St. Patrick’s Day.
You will need:
- 6 white chenille stems
- faceted plastic beads (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
- cookie sheet
- parchment or waxed paper
- scissors and wire cutters
- fishing line
1. Being by stringing red beads on 1 chenille stem. Next, string the orange . . . then yellow . . . then green, blue and purple.
2. When the beading is complete, bend all of the chenille stems into a “U” shape. Arrange the chenille stems as a rainbow on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Make sure that the chenille stems are as close together as possible and that the beads touch in several locations (you might need to remove beads from some of the chenille stems). Using the wire cutters, trim the tips so that the rainbow has an even edge.
3. Place the cookie sheet into a cold oven and set to bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Ten minutes should be plenty of time for the plastic to melt and the beads will fuse together. Turn the oven off and allow the cookie sheet to cool completely inside of the oven.
Bright and cheery, I can’t help but smile when I walk past them every day!
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