Oil suncatchers are an easy craft to do with kids of all ages. The results are fun as they hang in the window and catch the light. It is an easy craft to do, but I do have an important tip to help them turn out well. The main materials for this craft are baby oil, q-tips, and construction paper. I actually used some after-shower body oil I had. I’m sure other oils would work too.
The first thing I did was do an example for my kids. I showed them how it’s great to start with a center point and then do a patterned design that expands out from the center. I think this yields the best results, but it is not necessary. I drew circles on a piece of paper and let them experiment with colored pencil first.
The next thing to do was to trace around a bowl onto construction paper. I had a couple different size bowls for them to chose from. I had a number of colors of construction paper to choose from as well. I avoided lighter colors, but I’m pretty sure they would have worked beautifully as well.
Here’s the big tip: I encouraged my kids to use a lot of oil because when they had finished, I noticed the places with more oil showed through more once I held them to the window. THAT WAS BAD ADVICE. As the oil sits on the construction paper, it begins to spread. There were a number that didn’t work out just because the oil spread into one big section of oil and the design was lost. Even the designs I have featured here spread more than I would like. I would, therefore, advise people to be conservative when it comes to the amount of oil you use.
Despite the learning curve with the oil, this really was a fun, easy craft that yielded cool results.