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!
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.
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.
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.
Here are a couple samples of ours hanging.
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!
We also discovered they make fun shadows! This was probably the girls favorite part!
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!