Pumpkin Suncatchers

How sweet are these PUMPKIN SUNCATCHERS? They brighten up our kitchen windows and, hung beside some glue ghosts, they’ve quickly become my favorite Halloween decoration in the house!

 

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This project evolved while L and I were making it. (I love when that happens!) Originally we were just going to paint some mason jar lids, tie a ribbon on and call them “pumpkins.” Once I realized they’d be hanging in the kitchen window, I had a eureka moment…I knew that turning our pumpkins into suncatchers would be too easy and too perfect! I just love the bright and sunny colors!

 

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Materials needed:

  • mason jar lids
  • orange acrylic paint
  • plastic container (berry containers work great!)
  • Sharpie markers
  • green ribbon
  • green pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

*Notice the plastic container, hot glue gun, and markers are not pictured here…they surprised us in becoming “needed materials” half-way through the project!

 

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First, have your little ones paint the mason jar lids orange.

 

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After the lids have dried, tie a ribbon in a double-knot around the lid.

 

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Next, cut a pipe cleaner in half. Wrap it around a thin marker or pen to make a curlicue.

 

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Gently wrap the pipe cleaner curlicue around the knot at the base of the ribbon.

 

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Now for the suncatcher part! Cut the lid off your plastic container and remove the label if there is one.

 

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Have your little one color the plastic lid with Sharpie markers. L did some in solely “pumpkin colors” while the others she colored freely, using every color of the rainbow. (It’s important to use permanent markers, washable will rub right off and won’t work!)

 

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Use the center part of a jar lid to trace rounds on the colored-plastic. Cut the rounds out and make sure they fit into the pumpkin lids. You may have to trim the sides a bit and cut a piece out where the ribbon will lie.

 

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Next, with just a few dabs of hot glue, glue the colored-plastic in place. All done!

 

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Hang your PUMPKIN SUNCATCHERS up in a bright and sunny window where everyone can enjoy them! Adorable!!!

 

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