Gather some recycled plastic lids, pony beads, and white glue, and make some festive beaded sun catchers for Hanukkah— perfect for hanging in the window above your menorah! Of course we love this craft any time of year, and have made some different versions here and here.
- clear plastic lids, from take out containers, produce containers, you name it!
- pony beads, ours are translucent with sparkles, perfect for this project
- white glue
- a marker
Step 1: Teach your child about the idea of planning a project ahead, and to consider size and proportion by sketching the idea on a piece of paper to achieve the best results. Once a good sketch has been achieved, place that under the lid and trace outline on to lid. Or, for older children, as we did with the menorah, simply use the sketch placed under the lid as a guide, such that there are no marker lines in the finished product.
Step 2: Examine drawing to see if it needs more details or is fine as is. We decided to add our details with the beads rather than adding more marker lines.
Step 3: Apply a nice puddle of glue to lid, and start placing beads. We decided we did not want to see the holes of the beads, but the holes can also be a design element if desired.
Step 4: Use a variety of colors for the most beautiful results!
Step 5: Ta Da! Set aside to dry overnight and hang, whoops we still need to do that! I'll be punching holes in the top and hanging either with fish line or something obvious like wired silver ribbon. Happy Hanukkah crafting.....it's a good thing Hanukkah is eight days, still time to make little crocheted presents during the holiday itself, phew!