For an easy, fun craft try this beautiful suncatcher made from regular copy paper and baby oil. With proper supervision, even the younger children can do this. And they love making them. There are no special tools needed.
Colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc.
Black sharpie marker (for making heavy lines)
Popsicle sticks (2)
Scissors (for cutting out your picture)
Ribbon (6 to 8 in.)
First step- decide what your picture will be. This can be something very simple, for younger ages, or more detailed for the older age group. The size is entirely up to the individual, but I have found that the best size for working with is about 5 in. to 6in. Square.
Second- for a true “stained glass” look, use a sharpie to create heavy black lines to all parts of your picture. (If you print out a color sheet, it will probably be done in heavy lines). Also draw a square around your picture. This will be the border, as well as the “cut line” when you are finished. Then color your picture. You may use crayons, markers, or colored pencils. I use the colored pencils because it gives a smoother color when finished. Color each “section” of your picture. When you are satisfied with how your picture looks you will be ready for the next step.
Third- for this step, lay a paper towel on your work area. Lay your picture “upside down” on the paper towel. Put a few drops of baby oil on a cotton ball and begin rubbing the back side of your picture. When you start with the baby oil, you will see the picture come through the paper. Continue rubbing until all the picture is covered and showing on the other side. If you have to add more baby oil, add only a drop or two at the time. Rub with a second cotton ball to remove any excess baby oil from the picture.
Fourth- now that you have your suncatcher ready, you need to hang it. Cut down the sides of your picture first. At the top and bottom, leave a strip “outside” the black line the width of a popsicle stick. Tie each end of the piece of ribbon to one of the sticks about Â½ inch from the ends. This will be the hanger. Staple the popsicle stick, at the ribbon, to the top lining it up outside the black border. Staple the other stick to the bottom, at each end, lining it up the same way. This will prevent your suncatcher from “curling” up. Hang your suncatcher in the window and enjoy.
Source: My own experience.