Looking for a fun and economical crafting project you can do with your kids? Our “stained glass” sun catchers are made using inkjet transparencies and can transform any window, while also displaying your child’s creativity. You’ll need the following materials to get started:
- Inkjet transparencies (inkjet varieties have a rough side that allows for the highlighter ink to adhere; regular transparencies will not work for this project)
- Clear tape
- Highlighters (in a variety of colors)
- Black permanent marker
- Ruler (if straight lines are desired)
- Double sided tape
- Cardstock (for frame)
First, cut your transparencies down to the size of your desired sun catcher. We prefer keeping them fully intact for larger “stained glass” panels, but any size will work. Then, identify the “smooth side” and the “rough side” of the transparency sheet.
Tape your transparency down to your working surface using a few pieces of tape with the smooth side facing upwards. From there, use your permanent marker to draw a pattern of intersecting lines across your transparency. You can use a ruler (if you want straight lines) or you can draw this pattern freehand if you’re looking for a more unique design. Once you are pleased with your outline, let the marker dry for a couple of minutes before turning the transparency over so that the “rough side” is now facing up.
Using your highlighters, color in your stained glass design and then let the highlighter ink dry. To avoid smudging, we encourage you to allow your sun catcher to dry for at least an hour once you’re done coloring in the pattern. Meanwhile, cut out a frame from your cardstock and once your stained glass is dry, adhere the frame to your artwork using the double sided tape. Now your sun catcher is complete and ready to be hung as a homemade window decoration.
Known for our wide variety of transparency and lamination supplies, Filmsource offers superior quality products for both crafting and business purposes. Call us today to order your inkjet transparencies and more!