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Coffee Filter Suncatchers

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Make sunny days even brighter with these colorful suncatchers! Perfect for honing fine motor skills, this project takes the concept of cutting out paper snowflakes to a new level for year-round fun.

Materials

  • Coffee filters
  • Bowl of water
  • Paintbrush
  • Food coloring in assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Tray or mat to use as a workspace
  • String
  • Tape
  • Warm iron (optional, for adult use only)
  • Hair dryer (optional, for adult use only)

Instructions

  1. Lay a coffee filter on your workspace. Protect your area appropriately because food coloring can stain surfaces.
  2. Use the paintbrush to wet the entire coffee filter with water so it lies flat.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to the wet filter and brush the color out so it covers the entire surface. Use different colors and see how they blend.
  4. Allow the filter to dry completely. You can use a hair dryer to dry it quickly, or apply a warm iron to a dry filter to flatten it further. Make sure that only adults use the iron or hair dryer.
  5. Fold and cut the dry filter into a snowflake design. To create a six-sided design, fold the filter in half, fold it in half again and then fold it in thirds before cutting it.
  6. Open the filter, and iron it again with a warm iron if you wish.
  7. Use the string and tape to hang your filter in a window, and watch as the sunlight filters through it.