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Sun Catchers – Add Sparkle to your Classroom
4, 5, 6, 7
Title – Sun Catchers
By – Dr. Kathleen Wild
Primary Subject – Art
Grade Level – 4th- 7th
- Nylon jewelry string
- Small, medium and large glass or plastic beads (glass works better)
- Silver or gold jewelry wire (very thin gauge)
- Wire jewelry cutters
- Mosaic mirrored glass squares (optional)
- Tacky glue or hot glue (optional)
- Clothes pins (optional)
- Measure 24-inches of the nylon thread for beads.
- Fold the nylon string in half, so it looks like you now have a 12-inch strand.
- Make a knot by tying the string ends together.
- Have the student string one large bead through the end of the string that is not knotted; it will be double thread.
- Next, have the student string two medium beads and then string four small beads.
- Continue this process until the 12-inch string is almost full, leaving about two inches to tie a knot and leaving a small hole to insert a piece of wire that looks like a hook.
- Small glass mirror pieces can also be glued between some of the beads.
- The mosaic mirrored glass is about 1-inch in size.
- You would attach the back of the mirror to the nylon thread on both sides using tackey glue or hot glue.
- If the student decides to do this, then you would use two one-inch mirror squares, gluing one square and then gluing another mirror to the back of the first mirror.
- You will be gluing the squares directly to the nylon chord, placing a clothes pin to hold them together overnight to allow the glue to properly set.
- Using the wire jewelry cutters, help the student to cut about a 3-inch piece of wire and make a hook and attach the hook to the top of the knotted project.
- Hang from the ceiling or from a plant hook near a window where the sun shines. These even look nice hanging on plant hooks on a porch or a tree.
- This would make a nice gift or even a great decoration for the beginning of the school year to hang in the class room for Parent Teacher Night!
- You could also sell these as a student fundraiser or at your school craft show. They are very whimsical!
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