These recent cold temps require lots of fun indoor activities to keep the kids (and adults) occupied. Whether you have a snowy winter wonderland or not, this DIY winter project is sure to brighten your view. And it’s SO easy and fun for kids of all ages! Let’s get started on our DIY winter wonderland windowscape!
- Snowflake Suncatchers (these come in groups of 12 and I recommend using an odd number, like 11; also comes with one paintbrush).
- Suncatcher Transparent Paint.
- Fishing Line or Clear Jewelry Filament.
- Tacks with Large Heads.
- Additional Paintbrushes (optional).
Step 1: This step is appropriate for any child old enough to hold a paintbrush. I only opened the blue (light and dark), green (bright and teal) and white paint pots. I mixed colors for a watercolor effect and it turned out awesome! With just the blue/greens, I was able to paint 12 snowflakes. Step 2: Appropriate for older elementary children and up. Using the hole at the top, tie a long piece of clear filament to each snowflake. Double knot. I repeat, double knot!! Or your DIY winter wonderland will come crashing down.
I cut really long strips to avoid measuring where I wanted the snowflakes to hang. This works out fine, as you will see later.Step 3: Appropriate for a teenager or adult. Cut a length of filament that is slightly longer than the window frame you’re using. Tie a double knot in one end. Slide a thumbtack through that knot and hammer the thumbtack into the top of your window frame. Make sure the tack is snug as a bug. Stretch the filament across the frame and repeat on the other end. This should give you a horizontal, taught piece of filament.
*This is where I learned that my rental apartment’s window frames are made out of some unearthly material that refuses to take a tack, nail or screw. For everyone else that has a normal window frame, this shouldn’t be a problem. I ended up tying my snowflakes onto the curtain rod. Tying it to something horizontal is the best plan. I know from previous experience that tape won’t hold filament for very long.Step 4: Also appropriate for a teenager or adult. Tie the snowflakes onto the horizontal line.
This is where you can decide the lengths you want and cut them appropriately. It’s usually easiest to start in the middle, perhaps with short length, and then move out to the sides, alternating short and long lengths.
Even though I have actual snow outside my window, I couldn’t stop raving about these snowflakes! I love, love how it turned out. And I’ll let you in on a secret – I don’t have children and did this entire DIY winter project myself. Even though it’s a very basic craft, the watercolor effect and the varying lengths make this look special.
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