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Happy Friday, everyone!!  We have had a pretty rough week around here.  Charlie is teething like ALL the teeth at one time, apparently.  My normally sweet, calm boy is a drooling nightmare.  I’m sure all you mamas can relate to these sleepless nights.  It brings me back to those foggy newborn days.  Thankful for my in-laws who took Liam today so I could just relax with Charlie.

Throughout this week, Liam and I have been working on these super cute DIY suncatchers for his grandmas for Mother’s Day which is this Sunday!  Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?!  Please tell me I’m not the only one!!  Guys, this is SO SO easy.  I feel like I say that in every post.  I guess that’s the common theme of my blog: I want everyone to be able to make stuff, whatever that “stuff” may be, even if you have kids, work, laundry, cleaning to do!  You don’t have to make a farmhouse dining room table (but I  would love to!!).  I love promoting easy crafts that all of us busy mamas can do, when we should be doing work, laundry, cleaning, etc, haha!!

Anyway, back to the suncatchers:

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for teachers, grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

I love how cute these turned out.  I forgot to mention the best part, this requires almost zero mama involvement!  Liam was able to basically to everything himself.  Mama win!

DIY Suncatcher Supplies:

  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Contact paper (or other sticky paper)
  • Flowers
  • Yarn/string/twine to hang it with
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

I let Liam pick whatever paint he wanted, since it was his present.  And since his mama has basically every color ever made, he had a wide selection to choose from.  He chose a pearly pink, neon green, and sunflower yellow.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

We painted the outside of the embroidery hoop.  I removed the center portion for painting so it didn’t get painted shut (but both parts of each embroidery hoop were painted).   I really didn’t have much involvement in the painting, I let him do his own thing.  Of course this backfired.  See next picture:

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

I can’t even be mad he painted his whole arm.  Look at that face!!  {heart eyes}

Now on to Liam’s favorite part: picking the flowers!!  We have some amazing lavender trees in our backyard.  They are so fragrant and wonderful!!  He picked a ton of those.  We also have an azalea bush and some random annuals that had just bloomed.  I made sure he didn’t pick EVERY flower from a particular plant.  But for the most part let him do his thing.

Even if you don’t have flowers in your yard, the kids would love to pick grass, leaves, weeds, dandelions.  Or go to your nearest park and pick a few there!

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Once we had picked enough flowers, I ROUGHLY measured out a piece of contact paper.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Love how that garbage truck is holding part of the paper down, haha!!  I then traced the outside of each embroidery hoop with a sharpie so Liam knew roughly where to place the flowers.

I peeled back half of the paper I had cut so that Liam could place the flowers how he liked.  The remaining part of the piece will be folded over the flowers once he was finished.  You can have the kids place the flowers roughly throughout the sharpie circle.  Even some overlapping is fine.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

What even is this face?!?  It reminds me of Chandler from Friends.  Whenever him and Monica are getting pictures taken and he makes the most ridiculous fake smile face.  I swear all kids have these crazy silly fake smiles.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

This was his end result!!  Once he was finished, I folded the remaining contact paper over the flowers to seal them in place.  Now I have NO IDEA how long the fresh flowers will stay in sealed contact paper.  I would guess a few weeks.  Which is honestly perfect.  That way grandma/mom/teacher can take it down and not feel like they are throwing away kid art (but reuse those embroidery hoops!!)

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

I cut roughly around the OUTSIDE of the sharpie line.  I actually think I cut too close to the sharpie and it kept slipping through when I tried to fit it together later.  So be generous with your circling cutting.  You can always trim more if you need to.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

To insert into the embroidery hoop, place your cut flower contact paper on top of the larger hoop part.  This should hang out over the edges and that is perfect (as you can see in the photo below).  Then, place the smaller inner hoop on top of the cut flower contact paper and push into place.  You can use the top tightener screw thing (real technical, right? haha) to make it tighter if need be.  I did tighten mine a little bit, but not much is needed.

And don’t worry, the sharpie line is not visible once it’s in place!

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Once pushed in place, I didn’t have a ton of extra contact paper hanging out.  I did use scissors to trim some of the excess so that it remained flush with the hoops!

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Liam was so proud of his art!!

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

There you have it!  Hope you and the kiddos have a great time enjoying spring weather!  And I wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day!!  You mamas deserve a break, or at least to go to the bathroom alone, with the door shut!

 

As always, I would love to hear from you and connect!  Feel free to email me at makingjoyandprettythings {at} gmail {dot} com!

 

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for teachers, grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

Easy DIY suncatcher craft for kids. Perfect gift for grandmothers and mothers for Mother's Day! Also great spring and summer outdoor craft for kids.

 

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10 Comments

  1. alina

    That’s a very good ideas, and looks quite easy to make. My son will love it as he gets quite easily impressed with new things.

    Reply
    • Sarah

      Thanks, girl!! It was so easy to make. I bet your son will love making it, and picking the flowers too, of course! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Kim~madeinaday

    I love these and not just for the kids I thinkI want one too! Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on Friday’s P3 Party post! Have a great week! Thanks for pinning!
    Best,
    Kim

    Reply
  3. Theresa Nastal

    I will have to make one of these for myself. I absolutely love flowers. And, also will make great gifts for family members. Thank you for your post.
    Sincerely,
    Theresa

    Reply
  4. Corrie L

    Any update on how long they stayed pretty?

    Reply
    • Diane

      If you wanted them to last longer, press the plants first in an old telephone book. Once they have dried, the color will have faded on some of the plants, but they won’t mold in the suncatcher. Just a thought. Kids can’t wait that long and last minute planning won’t allow it, but it might be something to try if you can.

      Reply

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