Gelatin Sun Catchers Kids Craft

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!
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 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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Ashley is classic strong-willed child, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian in 2005 only to realize a new dream had formed, having a family with her husband (another strong-willed child). After much heartache, they were blessed with 2 daughters and a son, who are all proving to be just as spirited as their parents! Though she is still working part-time, she fills her days off with fun activities and lots of learning with her three kids. And this is where her blog Life with Moore Babies comes in; it is where she documents the activities they do and the places they go in hopes that someone might be inspired to do some “fun learning” with their kids.

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  1. Maureen July 11, 2014 at 7:26 am - Reply

    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!!
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  2. Jamie July 11, 2014 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Wow, a very fun and cool project. I love the shadows they created too!
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  3. Teresa July 11, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Very Cute! This is something I would love to teach my grandkids to make :)
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  4. Selena @ Look! We're Learning! July 11, 2014 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Adorable! We’ll have to try this before the summer ends!
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  5. Vicky July 11, 2014 at 8:21 am - Reply

    These turned out beautiful! Pinned!
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  6. Clare July 11, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Wow – they’re beautiful! And look like so much fun to make too.
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  7. Renee @ Gettin Fit Fab July 11, 2014 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I don’t have any kids, but I really LOVE this! So different! Passing along this to my friends with kids! ♥
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  8. Theresa @DearCreatives July 11, 2014 at 10:00 am - Reply

    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
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  9. Libby's Library July 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Seriously cool project. I will be sure to do this with one of my grand daughters when she gets back from vacation.
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  10. Amanda @artsy_momma July 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I love the shadows – neat!!!
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  11. Mommy's Kitchen July 12, 2014 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Excellent,definitely trying this, my daughter is going to love. Big arts and crafts fan :)
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  12. Becca Niederkrom July 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    The absolute perfect summer craft!
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  13. Candi July 13, 2014 at 7:45 am - Reply

    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.
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  14. Jodie @ Growing Book by Book July 13, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Those look so fun. Need to add those to our fun ideas list to do!
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  15. Lucinda @ Navigating By Joy July 14, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply

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

  16. Almost Unschoolers July 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Didn’t those turn out great! I think I like their shadows best of all :)
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  17. Julie July 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Great idea! Thanks for linking up to the Tips and Tricks Linky party.
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  18. Carrie July 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    What a neat idea!! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!
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  19. Anna@The Measured Mom July 20, 2014 at 11:55 am - Reply

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

  20. Cerys from Rainy Day Mum July 21, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    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.
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  21. Sherryl @ SimplySherryl July 22, 2014 at 6:48 am - Reply

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