Jewelled Sun Catchers

We just love our Jewelled Sun Catchers, they’re so pretty for any time of the year and they’re made from up-cycled milk jugs too!

It’s very satisfying to create something beautiful using something you were going to throw away and recycled crafts are a great way to teach children about caring for the world and looking after the environment.

The translucent nature of plastic milkbottles make them perfect for creating these beautiful jewelled suncatchers that sparkle with a rainbow of colours in the sunlight. So quick and simple to do, children will love that they’ve created something so beautiful, so easily.Make gorgeous jewelled heart sun catchers, great for gifts.

How to make a Jewelled Milk Bottle Sun Catcher

Supplies To Make Jewelled Sun Catchers

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One 4 pint plastic milk bottle
Pair of scissors
Hole Puncher
Glue Stick
Acrylic Jewels UK /US  (Sequins or glitter work nicely too)
Ribbon UK /US or thread for hanging

How To Make Recycled Pretty Sun Catchers

  1. Cut out the large flat rectangular side of the milk bottle.
  2. Draw on your heart shape and cut out.
  3. Use the hole punch to cut a hole for threading.
  4. Cover one side of the heart thickly with glue.
  5. Stick on your jewels and set aside to dry.
  6. Once fully dry thread with ribbon and hang in the window.

These homemade sun catchers are such a simple and adaptable idea. Once children have had a first supported go why not let them come up with their own shape ideas and experiment with different coverings such as sequins UK / US and glitters UK / US.

Our Jewelled Valentine Hearts are hanging in our kitchen window and look really beautiful. I think they’d make super gifts too and we’ll definitely be revisting this idea for Christmas baubles in the future.

Make gorgeous jewelled heart sun catchers, great for gifts.


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  1. says

    Emma we must say we love everything that you do from baking to crafting really inspiring. Your kids must have a ball…or do you enjoy yourself more than them?! hee hee

  2. says

    thank you emma for posting this on my wee love blog hop – this is such a beautiful idea – I can’t wait to have a go with my little one – she loves glue and sprinkles – but the challenge is to make them go together ha x

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says

      Lol, I know what you mean, and when they do go together the whole problem of where comes into play…on the cat, No! In the fridge ….Noooooo! Tee Hee. Have fun. x

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says

      Thanks, we were really pleased with how they turned out. Love your Valentine’s Discovery Table.

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says

      Thanks I love your cotbed quilt too, so pretty. I’d love a great big one for my bed but fear it would take me years and years to complete!

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says

      Thanks very much. I’m afraid I’ve just gone totally doolally over your Seed Bomb Easter Eggs. What a fantastic idea!

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says

      Thanks for popping by, we’re glad you like them. I’m looking forward to seeing how your potatoes come on later in the year.

  3. Caroline says

    Hi Emma, these are great fun to make and the result is fab. I started last week making them with the kids I childmind and hopefully they’ll get to take them home this week as part of their Mothers Day treat. I used laminate sheets instead of milk bottles but both have the same result.

    Thank you for a lovely crafty idea :)

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says

      Thanks Caroline. It’s so lovely to hear of an idea being used, thanks so much for letting us know. I think your idea of using laminate sheets is a great one and gives you more flexiblility of size too. I bet the Mummies will treasure them.

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