Decorate for Summer with this Easy and Beautiful Craft
Learn to create a beautiful, summery sun catcher out of your coloring pages.
By Thea Voutiritsas
Looking for a quick and easy summer craft to brighten up your home (or patio)? Use your own coloring pages to create these easy and beautiful sun catchers. They can be hung outdoors to add some color to your backyard, or indoors by a window to bring the sunshine in.
Mandala coloring pages are perfect for this easy summer craft: You can resize them to fit into the lid, or feature just one part of the design. You can even mix up a few different patterns and designs for a fun and funky look with your sun catchers! The possibilities are endless with this fun and relaxing summer DIY.
A note before you get started: Keep in mind that you’ll want to choose coloring pages using light or bright colors that will be more easily penetrated by sunlight. Designs shaded with dark colors may look more opaque, even on the sunniest of days!
- Completed coloring page (We recommend using a laser color copy or page completed with regular colored pencil. The oil may make markers or watercolor pencils bleed.)
- Band-style mason jar lid
- Ballpoint pen or pencil
- Paper towel or rag
- Oil (any clear, neutral oil — like vegetable oil, olive oil, or avocado oil — will work)
- 1-2 cotton balls
- Craft glue
- Twine, ribbon, or cord of some sort (for hanging)
What to do:
1. Start by tracing the area you want to display. Place the mason jar band on your coloring page. Trace around the edge. Depending on the size of your lid, you should be able to get a few sun catchers from one coloring page.
2. Now use a cotton ball to apply a thin layer of oil to your coloring page. Starting in one corner, dip your cotton ball in the oil and apply in circular motions until the paper turns translucent. When the page is covered, give it a once-over with a dry paper towel or rag to remove any excess oil. Let dry completely (or, at least five minutes).
3. Once the page is dry, cut out your circles. You may need to adjust the edges for it to fit perfectly in the mason jar band — keep checking and re-checking until it fits well without bending!
4. Apply a thin bead of craft glue along the interior edge of the lid.
5. Flip your design circle upside-down and place it inside the lid, pressing at the edges where you applied the glue. Let dry for a few minutes.
6. To hang your sun catcher, you’ll need a length of twine, ribbon, or cord. The length really depends on how long you want it to hang. But, we’d recommend starting with at least 12 inches or so. First, fold the cord in half. Then, place the folded end around the lid, so your ends are still even. Wrap them around the other side of the circle and back. Tie a knot to secure. Tie a knot with the two open ends, and hang wherever you like!