I’ve had lots of fun sharing Elmer the Elephant crafts on the Crafts on Sea Facebook page this week and as it’s quite a new story to us I thought it might be nice to try an Elmer craft of our own with this cute suncatcher!
To make an Elmer Suncatcher you will need:
Coloured paper or card
A picture of Elmer to copy
Tissue paper in assorted colours
Googley eyes (my son is obsessed with them, I had no say in the matter)
Sticky back plastic. I bought some in a local shop for 99p that was advertised as being for covering school books
How to make it:
Firstly I traced a picture of Elmer from a book using the super old school method with a bit of baking paper and a pencil. You draw, turn it over and then place it on your coloured paper, tracing it again meaning that you get the outline on your coloured paper. I haven’t done that since school, go me.
Then I cut around the drawing leaving about a centimeter margin of paper to make an outline. I also cut out a curved line to make the shape of an ear.
My son and I then placed our Elmer shapes coloured side down on the sticky back plastic, adding the ear shape and an eye or two.
I made a little loop of thread through the top of them so he could hang them in his window.
This was a really nice craft because we could sit and do one each. I’ve always been a bit hands off with kids art but I’ve noticed that in his playgroup they show what the finished article ‘should’ look like which I think is a good idea if you’re trying out a new idea. Of course this doesn’t mean that your child has to follow the rules and do what you tell them, that would be really boring anyway!
Perfect as Elmer is all about how it’s fun to be a bit different! If you like this you might also enjoy my round up of crafts and activities for reading Miffy at the Seaside.