We just love our Jewelled Heart Suncatchers, they’re so pretty for any time of the year and they’re made using some up-cycled materials too!
It’s very satisfying to create something beautiful using something you were going to throw away isn’t it? Recycled crafts are a great way to teach children about caring for the world and looking after the environment too.
We’ve made heart shaped jewelled suncatchers which are fantastic for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and gifts for friends and loved ones. You can make any shape you like though. How about some Easter egg suncatchers or Christmas bauble suncatchers too?
These beautiful jewelled heart suncatchers sparkle with a rainbow of colours in the sunlight. They are so quick and simple to do, children will love that they’ve created something so beautiful, so easily.
How to make a Jewelled Milk Bottle Sun Catcher
Can you believe that the base of these heart suncatchers is made from up-cycled milk jugs? The translucent nature of plastic milk jugs make them perfect for hanging in the window and allows the light to come streaming through the gems. They look totally gorgeous!
Supplies To Make Jewelled Heart Suncatchers
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- Large Plastic Milk Jug
- Hole Puncher
- Acrylic Jewels US /UK (Sequins or glitter work nicely too)
- Ribbon US /UK or thread for hanging
How To Make Recycled Pretty Jewelled Heart Suncatchers
Wash and dry your plastic milk jug and then cut out the large flat rectangular sides. (Make sure your plastic milk jug is thoroughly clean or the stale milk smell will ruin your suncatchers.)
With a marker pen or pencil draw on your heart shape and cut it out. Very young children may need some adult help to cut the plastic.
Use a simple hole punch at the top of the heart to make a hole for threading your ribbon.
Cover one side of the heart thickly with glue.
Now stick on your acrylic jewels and set the heart aside to dry.
Once your heart suncatcher is completely dry you can thread some ribbon through the hole at the top and hang it in the window.
These homemade sun catchers are such a simple and adaptable idea. Once children have had a first supported try, 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 Hearts are hanging in our kitchen window and look really beautiful. I think they’d make super gifts too and we’ll definitely be re-visiting this idea for Christmas baubles in the future.
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