These beautiful sun catchers give the illusion of stained glass, but are in fact, coffee filters! It’s an easy craft for kids ages 6 to 10 to do on their own or with just a bit of guidance. Give the sun catchers away as gifts or cluster them together to hang from flowering branches near a window. Either way, they are sure to brighten your day!
Gather large white coffee filters, colorful markers, a spray bottle, two colors of card stock, scissors, white glue, baker's twine, yarn and sequined ribbon.
Color all over the surface of a coffee filter with marker. There is no need to make a pattern -- just scribble away!
Spray the coffee filter with a few mists of water and let the colors blend together. Set aside to dry.
Cut card stock to 4 ¼ by 5 ½ inches. (You can get 4 pieces out of one 8 ½ by 11 piece. ) Stack two different colored pieces together and fold in half. Draw half of a heart on one side of the fold and cut out. Repeat with second color.
Using one of the card stock hearts as a template, trace a heart onto a colored coffee filter. Cut heart out of the coffee filter, cutting about ¼ inch beyond the traced outline.
Glue the coffee filter heart inside the heart-shaped opening in the card stock. Glue a piece of baker's twine in the center, then glue the other piece of card stock over the top, sandwiching the coffee filter in the middle. Let dry.
Use sequin ribbon or yarn to make a border around the heart on both sides.
Hang in the window and enjoy!