Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Snowflake Suncatchers Using CDs

Early last month I posted a tutorial on how to make rainbow fish sun catchers using old CDs.  We had them hanging by our patio door for an entire month and go tons of compliments from people who saw them.  December came, however, and the rainbow fish really didn't fit into my winter/Christmas decorating scheme.  I got the brilliant idea to make snowflake sun catchers using old CDs!  Those have now replaced the fish and fit perfectly into my current decorating!

Here's what you'll need:
  • White paper
  • 2 CDs per snowflake
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • String/ribbon
This is super easy to do yet my girls had a ton of fun with it!

Step 1) If you are using regular 8.5 x 11 paper, fold one corner to the edge.  Cut off the non folded edge to make a square.  From that square you can make a circle or just leave it square like my girls chose to do.

Step 2) Have your kids fold their circle or square however they want.  You'll want them to fold it at least 4 times.  (At this point in time, my youngest daughter decided to go shopping with Daddy so she finished her snowflake later.  That's why the rest of the photos are of my oldest only)

Step 3)  Have your kids cut different shapes into each of the edges.  (You are making a regular, old-fashioned, paper snowflake)

Step 4)  Put glue on the printed side of one CD.  Regular school glue will work just fine since you are gluing paper.

Step 5)  Unfold your snowflake to it's original size.

Step 6)  Center your snowflake onto the CD with glue on it.

Step 6)  Put glue on the printed side of the other CD then center it on top of the snowflake/first CD.

Step 7)  Let it dry for a while, punch a hole in the center, tie a string for hanging.

Step 8)  Clean up all the tiny paper pieces that ended up all over the floor.  Hang and enjoy!

Do your kids like making paper snowflakes?

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