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Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers

Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Julie Kirkwood
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This fun mix-and-pour project, with a glittery touch, makes pretty St. Patrick's Day decorations to hang in your windows. The light shining through catches the glitter and makes the shamrocks sparkle.

What You'll Need

How We Did It

Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
First, assemble your ingredients for the project.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers

Print or draw a shamrock template and cover it with plastic, such as contact paper or plastic wrap, or laminate it. You can use whatever size shamrocks you'd like.

Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Now you're ready to mix and pour. Have your child measure 6 tablespoons of white glue into a small container.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Have your child add the drops of dishwashing liquid.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Add the drops of food coloring. I did this step, as I was working with my four year old and wanted to be extra careful with the food coloring.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Have your child mix the ingredients together.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Add glitter and mix again.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Pour the mixture onto the shamrock template. It will be gooey and thick.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Add a few drops of paint to the center of the shamrock. As you can see, the glue mixture is spreading. That's okay. As long as it is covering the template, you'll be able to trim and shape it later.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Have your child swirl the paint with a toothpick. Adding and swirling the paint is optional, but my son really enjoyed this step.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Allow the shamrocks to dry overnight. The next day, they will look like this. Peel them off of the template.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers

Using the template as a guide, trim the shamrocks with scissors to shape them.

Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
The glitter will have settled to the back side of the shamrocks, making one side very sparkly. When done trimming, you should have all your shamrocks ready to display.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Help your child punch a hole at the top of the shamrock.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Thread ribbon through the hole and tie it.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
Now you are ready to hang up your shamrocks. Choose the widows where you want to display them.
Sparkly Shamrock Sun Catchers
We tied these directly to the curtain rod. In another window, I pinned them to the window valence with a safety pin. As they move a bit, the sun shines through and they really do sparkle. Hope they bring you lots of luck for St. Patrick's Day!

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