We love making Halloween suncatchers. My son made this cool stained glass pumpkin suncatcher last year and this week I’ve been sharing some more suncatcher ideas over on the Edplace blog. There’s only one problem with this though. The toddler, she really, really does not like to be left out. It gets loud. So I’m thinking that maybe as we’re still reading Fox’s Socks she might not quite be ready for Mary Shelly’s novel, but this fun stained glass frankenstein suncatcher was a good way to introduce mixing colours and it was a whole heap of fun too.
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You will need
Coloured cellophane (mine is from Wilkinsons)
Sticky back plastic / contact paper
Washi tape / sellotape
How to make your Stained Glass Frankenstein
As normal I freehand everything, but you may want to draw your outline out in pencil first. I first cut out the outside shape of Frankenstein’s monster and then cut out the inside piece. using the discarded black card you can also cut out eyes and a mouth.
Tape your sticky back plastic down onto whatever surface you are using. I taped mine onto a large piece of card as I prepared this in a separate room to my daughter and wanted it to be possible to move to where she was. I use washi tape rather than selotape as in my experience it’s far less likely to damage anything. You will need to secure it down in some way as it’s super sticky! Place the black card for your suncatcher onto the sticky back plastic.
I cut up the celophane and put it in a little bowl for my daughter. Older kids can obviously do a lot of this themselves and it would be a good excuse to practice some scissor skills. I then gave her the suncatcher and celophane and let her get on with it!
We’ve done a lot of contact paper activities recently so she knew exactly what to do and set to work. One of the nice things about doing this activity with a toddler is that if the cellophane goes everywhere it really doesn’t matter as you will still be left with a really cute halloween craft at the end.
Once she’d finished sticking the cellophane on I simply covered it with another piece of sticky back plastic to cover it and cut around the outside. To hang your suncatcher up all you need to do is use a needle and thread to make a loop through the top.
If your kids enjoyed this craft make sure you check out my new book 30 Halloween Crafts for Kids which is full of fun, achievable and cool ideas!
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