Here Comes The Sun (Positive Thinking!)

Well, to quote the Beatles – Here comes the sun,  Here comes the sun, and I say, It’s all right

Is anyone else out there so tired of winter and it’s dreariness? Now, don’t get me wrong – I love winter (I know, I’m a total freak) but when everyone out there is shaking their fist at the sky and cursing the ice on the road, I am usually sitting happy in my house.

I will admit, when I was working out of the house, and snow would come, I used to do the anti-snow dance, because snow meant snow days, and snow days meant daycare closings, and daycare closings meant the 6am debate between two very tired parents with very hectic and stressful jobs neither of which could accommodate staying home with our daughter. But now that I am home, as stressful as snow days are, especially now that there are two kids, and two parents that work at home, there is nothing I love more then the snow silence. But this year? This year I.AM.DONE. Cabin fever is like a cold that won’t go away in our house, and I am ready for our yard, the beach and park.

On Tuesday, as if Sophia hasn’t had enough time off from school in the past 2 months, she had a teacher in service day. In my desperation to believe that spring is truly just around the corner, I decided to go way back to my early crafting days, probably pre-school to be specific.

I’m sure people remember doing these, and I am definitely aware that there are much more advanced way to do these, but there is something about going back to basics that is nice. I also got to explain wax paper to Sophia. (not so sure she “got” it, but I tried at least!)

Sun Catchers are so fun, and pretty, and we now have them hanging in all of our windows!

Supplies you will need:

  • Wax paper ( I used the NICE! brand by Walgreens  (there is no reason for me to specify, other then I like saying “NICE!”)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Popsicle Sticks OR Construction Paper for the border/frame
  • Glue – any kind
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie, felt tip pen or any other writing material that will not tear the wax paper

Tear out three sheets of wax paper roughly the same size

Depending on if you are using Popsicle sticks, or construction paper, you will want to “frame” out the size of your sun catcher. Once you do that, you will want to draw a line on the INside of the frame onto one of the pieces of wax paper, this will become your guide.  (You can do the guide on a piece of paper, but seeing that I had an entire roll of wax paper, and it costs about a half a penny per 8″, I just went with the wax paper)

Lay one of you other two pieces of wax paper on top of your guide sheet.

We cut our tissue paper shapes, but you can totally tear them if you want.

Lay out your colors inside the lines and make sure you leave a little space between the different pieces.

Carefully transfer the finished top sheet to your ironing board, and lay the third piece on top, and just simply iron.

Now, what you want to do is attach your frame. We used Popsicle sticks, and used eight – one for each side on the front, and then four on the back, and we just glued a ribbon between the top two Popsicle sticks.

Trim the outside, and you are finished!

Just make sure not to cut your border right to the tissue paper – wax paper will melt to itself, but will not adhere to the tissue paper, so you need the wax paper to touch as many places as possible.

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