Suncatcher Craft Activity

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Updated on Nov 6, 2014

What do you do with unwanted CDs that clutter up your home office or kitchen counter? With a little help from your preschooler, turn them into a fun recycling project that will add sparkle to your home.

What You Need:

  • Junk CDs
  • Craft glue
  • Things that sparkle or are colorful (rhinestones, beads, glitter, sequins, etc.)
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper

What You Do:

  1. Before getting to work, cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Plastic isn’t the easiest surface when it comes to gluing things down.Test the glue on one CD by gluing a rhinestone or one of the larger, heavier decorations in place. If this glue works, call in the young artist! If not, try a different glue.
  3. Give your child a CD and then let her get creative with the decorations. She can create a sparkly design, styling her suncatcher with flowers, suns, or faces. Or, she can create a more abstract pattern. Let the glue dry.
  4. When the glue has dried, pick up the suncatcher. Be ready to catch anything that wasn’t glued down well. Reglue anything that's not secure. Again, let the glue dry.
  5. Turn the disk over and decorate the second side. Again, let the glue dry and then test the suncatcher to see if everything is secure.
  6. Cut a two-foot length of monofilament and tie it through the disk. Now find a place where people will be able to admire the suncatcher. Only hang the suncatchers outside if you’ve used a glue that's not water soluble.