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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  • http://www.redcottagechronicles.com Maureen

    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!!

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

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

  • http://handmadekidsart.com Jamie

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      The shadows were definitely my kids favorite part!

  • http://www.frugaltexasdiva.com Teresa

    Very Cute! This is something I would love to teach my grandkids to make :)

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      I certainly hope you try it!

  • http://www.lookwerelearning.com Selena @ Look! We’re Learning!

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      I hope to see your results!

  • http://www.messforless.net Vicky

    These turned out beautiful! Pinned!

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      Thank you!

  • http://www.supermommyclub.com Clare

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

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

  • http://www.gettingfitfab.com/ Renee @ Gettin Fit Fab

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

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

  • http://www.dearcreatives.com/ Theresa @DearCreatives

    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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

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

  • http://www.libbyslibrary.com Libby’s Library

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      I hope she loves it!

  • http://artsymomma.com Amanda @artsy_momma

    I love the shadows – neat!!!

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      Thank you!

  • http://momzcuisine.blogspot.gr/ Mommy’s Kitchen

    Excellent,definitely trying this, my daughter is going to love. Big arts and crafts fan :)

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

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

  • http://www.ireallylovechocolate.com Becca Niederkrom

    The absolute perfect summer craft!

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      They work great with all the summer sunshine!

  • http://adayincandiland.com Candi

    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.

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      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!

  • http://growingbookbybook.com Jodie @ Growing Book by Book

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      I hope you get a chance to make some!

  • http://www.navigatingbyjoy.com Lucinda @ Navigating By Joy

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com Almost Unschoolers

    Didn’t those turn out great! I think I like their shadows best of all :)

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

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

  • http://www.confessionsofacookingdiva.com Julie

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      Thanks for hosting!

  • http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com Carrie

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  • http://www.themeasuredmom.com Anna@The Measured Mom

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

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      Thank you!

  • http://www.rainydaymum.co.uk Cerys from Rainy Day Mum

    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.

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

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

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  • http://www.sherrylwilson.com Sherryl @ SimplySherryl

    Thanks for sharing your post with us on Good Tips Tuesday last week. Your post was selected to be featured on this week!

    • http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/ Ashley

      Thanks for hosting and featuring our craft!

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