Gelatin Sun Catchers Kids Craft

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Posted on Jul 11 2014 - 1:00am by Ashley
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Gelatin Sun Catchers…. If you are like me you are probably wondering how you would use sticky, jiggly jello to make a sun catcher; I know I wondered about it when I first saw this idea on Spoonful. Well the answer is, it really doesn’t turn out sticky or jiggly, and they are really pretty!
Gelatin Sun Catchers Kids Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
 To start with you need plain gelatin, we used Knox brand, and 3 tablespoons of water for each packet of gelatin you will use (in our case there were 4 in a box).  You also need disposable, plastic plates, food coloring, glitter and toothpicks. 
I will warn you that it starts to sound complicated  about now,but it really isn’t; you just need to work quickly!  First you need to boil the water for your gelatin packets (3 tablespoons per packet), and you need to mix each packet up in a separate bowl, unless you are really good at dividing them evenly! Rather then boiling all the water separately, I just boiled a little pot and measured out 3 tablespoons of the boiling water into each of my gelatin bowls. I mixed each bowl of gelatin and poured it in a plastic plate before I mixed another bowl. I did each bowl separately to make sure I could mix the gelatin thoroughly! You will want to mix it somewhat quickly to get the gelatin dissolved, and then let it set a minute and stir it slowly to minimize air bubbles. Trust me though, air bubbles are not the end of the world!
Once you have liquid gelatin on a plate, hand it over to your kids and let them marble it with food coloring  and a toothpick and add some glitter. They have to work quickly though or it will gel on them resulting in tears when they try to stir it with the toothpick. Alternatively, you can add food coloring to your original gelatin and water mixture.
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The second part will come a few days later, and you will need scissors, a hole punch, ribbon, and of course the plates of gelatin you made to start with. The original instructions say drying will take overnight, but to be honest, ours took like 3 overnights, So make sure you are prepared for that!  You will know they are dry because they will start to pop off the plates in a thin, but sturdy, film that is much more like plastic then gelatin.
Gelatin Sun Catchers Kids Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom


Gelatin Sun Catchers Kids Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
You could hang the, just like that, but I let the kids cut theirs into pieces and punch holes in them for ribbon. You could also use fishing line to hang if you don’t want to see how they are hanging.
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Here are a couple samples of ours hanging. 
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I decided I didn’t care for all the ribbons overlapping the sun catchers, so I simply sent the girls to find a stick to tie them to, this way they could be seen all ts the same time! Here are the results!
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We also discovered they make fun shadows! This was probably the girls favorite part!
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 We loved making our sun catchers kids craft as they liven up any window! Some other fun sun catcher projects to create are Sun Catcher Vases and Season Tree Sun Catchers!

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  • Okay, I am not a kid, nor do I have any young kids, but this is a really cool idea! I have pinned it to share with my nephew who teaches grade 3!!

    • Thanks for visiting! It is definitely interesting even for adults!

  • Wow, a very fun and cool project. I love the shadows they created too!

    • The shadows were definitely my kids favorite part!

  • Very Cute! This is something I would love to teach my grandkids to make πŸ™‚

    • I certainly hope you try it!

  • Adorable! We’ll have to try this before the summer ends!

    • I hope to see your results!

  • These turned out beautiful! Pinned!

  • Wow – they’re beautiful! And look like so much fun to make too.

    • The kids had a great time! They kept asking to make more, but we ran out of gelatin! lol

  • I don’t have any kids, but I really LOVE this! So different! Passing along this to my friends with kids! β™₯

    • You could always try it yourself as well! Hope you find someone to enjoy it!

  • I don’t think I’ve tried to make these this way. Looks like a fun kid project. Love how you hung them. Feel free to share it at my weekly party if you like. Theresa

    • It is certainly a more unusual use for gelatin, but the results are quite pretty!

  • Seriously cool project. I will be sure to do this with one of my grand daughters when she gets back from vacation.

  • I love the shadows – neat!!!

  • Excellent,definitely trying this, my daughter is going to love. Big arts and crafts fan πŸ™‚

    • This is a great one to try! A little different, but beautiful results!

  • The absolute perfect summer craft!

    • They work great with all the summer sunshine!

  • I wish I blogged when my kids were little these are such great activities for them. I guess it will have to wait for the grandchildren.

    • There are sooo many great ideas; no one has time for them all! Keep it handy when your grand kids come along, or just try it yourself!

  • Those look so fun. Need to add those to our fun ideas list to do!

    • I hope you get a chance to make some!

  • Lovely craft, and you got some beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks for stopping by!

  • Didn’t those turn out great! I think I like their shadows best of all πŸ™‚

    • I am certain my kids did too! They were so lovely!

  • Great idea! Thanks for linking up to the Tips and Tricks Linky party.

  • What a neat idea!! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!

    • Thanks for stopping by!

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  • These are lovely! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

  • Fabulous – I’ve got to have a go at these they look beautiful.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots and just to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

    • They are so much easier then they sound! I hope you try it!

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  • Ankit Ravani

    How long do these last ? Could you please share the post history too?