Contact paper suncatchers are a cheap, easy, low-commitment craft project to do with your kids, and the best part is that there are no rules. Even the most craft-challenged parent or youngest toddler can make a beautiful decoration for the window. Yet it's still a fun and imaginative project for older kids, too.
From here, you and your kids can let your imaginations run wild. What shape to use? How about a star, a heart, or the first letter of your child's name? Or cut out some buggy wings and use a popsicle stick or some construction paper to make a body.
You could also create a themed suncatcher, using colors of a favorite sports team, pictures of a favorite storybook character, or the trappings of an upcoming holiday.
Deciding what to put inside can be a blast, too. Look around your house for objects that can be reused, like buttons, yarn, leftover bits of ribbon or fabric, or pictures from old magazines. Think of the party supplies you may have: confetti, colored tissue paper cut or torn into small pieces or shapes, stickers, glitter, even gift wrap. In the fall, head outside and find colorful leaves. In the spring or summer, do the same with flowers. Almost anything will look great when your child sticks it to their masterpiece.
This activity is also great for a playdate or party since it's nearly messless... unless you decide to use glitter!
Savvy tip: To make an easy craft even easier, you really only need to use one piece of contact paper. Once your child has finished decorating, you can stick it right to your window.
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