Summer is about sun, green grasses and leaves, brightly-colored flower blooms.
This sun catcher craft takes all of summer and puts it in one simple piece.
To make your own sun catcher, you’ll need:
Two self-adhesive laminating sheets
Flowers and leaves
First, make sure to use self-adhesive laminating sheets, even if you have a laminator. Trust me from experience, the heat in the laminator will draw out the moisture in the fresh flower and leaves and will leave you with a cloudy, unsealed mess that will go in the garbage instead of the window.
Peel the backing off of one sticky sheet and lay it sticky side up on the counter. Arrange your flowers and leaves as flat as possible and press onto the sticky piece. When finished with your design, peel the backing off of the second sheet and lay it sticky side down onto the other.
Press down and around each flower and leaf. Use something heavy, like a book, to run across the sheets, getting them to stick together as much as possible.
Cut around the edge of your creation, making sure not to get too close to break the seal. Use something sharp, like the tip of a pen, to poke a hole in what you would like to be the top of your sun catcher. Run a piece of twine through and knot the top.
Hang your creation in the window and let the sun brighten up the fresh colors and create shadows as the sun catcher moves.
As a kid, we all picked a puffy dandelion and blew the wisps into the air. Little did we think that we were actually helping dandelions disperse their seeds. Dandelions and other plants only survive when their seeds are dispersed so that new plants grow the next season. They spread through a variety of ways…Read More
Native prairie plants make wonderful habitat for wildlife like voles, turkeys, rabbits, ground squirrels, hawks and foxes. They provide both habitat and food sources for tiny creatures such as monarch butterflies, bumblebees and milkweed beetles. They are beautiful to look at. However, they are also important in a way that we can’t see. Deep down…Read More
During the April Family Nature Night, we challenged families to get creative using items that we would often toss into the garbage or the recycling bin. Empty plastic water bottles, scrap metal, cardboard boxes, toilet paper tubes, wine corks — these items look useless, but they can actually be turned into some pretty neat items.…Read More
The first session of No School Day Camp was so much fun, and we’re excited for our sold-out second session in a couple of weeks. During the 2019 No School Day Camp, kids were able to make marbled paper, which is a simple craft that you can do at home as well. Frame the decorative…Read More
Take a walk through a garden center, and it’s easy to get swept away by all of the exotic flowers that you can plant in your yard. However, we always encourage people to think native when planting a garden, and fall is a great time to plant native prairie seedlings in your yard as they…Read More
So many kids love to bring home trinkets, whether they are visiting a museum, a mall or a park. But moms often discourage bringing home more stuff that will just lie around. However, we have a fun solution for picking up tiny items on your next walk, and this way kids can wear their findings…Read More
You’ve learned that pollinator populations are dwindling and that you can help by planting native species in your garden to provide habitat and food sources. But what do you plant? It can be overwhelming to look at all the options of native flowers that you can put in your garden. It’s even a lot for…Read More
Andy Goldsworthy is an intriguing nature artist who makes art, takes a photo and then leaves his art behind. (See some of Goldsworthy’s art here.) From piles of leaves that look like three-dimensional pits to rocks balanced in arches, his art inspires you to head outside and see what you can make with the items…Read More