With the Easter decorations coming down, the windows needed a little something…and a sun catcher sounded just right!
Over the years we’ve made quite a few sun catchers, like our simple fish sun catcher and the Valentine’s sun catcher with plenty of hearts, just to name a couple. To make my vehicle-loving son happy, this time around we came up with hot air balloon sun catchers!
To start, I cut a very simple hot air balloon shape out of construction paper, cutting the middle portion out for decorating. Then I covered one side with strips of clear packing tape. ( I was out of clear contact paper, and the tape worked in a pinch!)
My daughter did her balloon first, using pieces of ripped up tissue paper to cover the clear tape and decorate the balloon. A second layer of tape on the other side, and a marker to create lines on the basket and the project was ready to hang in the window.
Because my youngest doesn’t like to touch sticky things, we did his sun catcher a little differently. He wanted the hot air balloon to be blue, so we laid a large piece of tissue paper on the table, with the balloon shape on top. Then I had him place the ripped up tissue paper pieces where he wanted them inside the balloon shape.
Finally, I used the tape to capture it all in place. (The tricky part was not letting the tissue paper pieces blow away before I got the tape on the balloon!)
All I had to do then was trim the large piece of tissue paper and it was ready to hang!
Now our back window is full of color with some of the prettiest hot air balloon’s this mommy has ever seen!
What have you decorated the windows with lately?
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This is a great craft. I will give it a dry with the grandkids! Thanks!
I actually let my girls decorate the side garage door window with the window markers and they had a blast. They drew and erased more times than I thought they would. It was nice to get them outside but not do too much running around since they have been sick.
Don’t you just love when the simple things keep them busy? I bet your windows were lovely!
Katherine Collmer says
This is a very cute idea! I love hot air balloons and window catchers! So many fine motor/visual motor skills addressed here. And older children could help with all of the cutting, etc. Thanks! I will pin and share!
Definitely need to work on those fine motor skills with my youngest here! Craft time is a good time to do that!
Thanks for pinning! 🙂
Diana Rambles says
Thank you! They are quite proud of them!
Aww, these are awesome. We have decal peels my son painted on the windows. 🙂
It IS cute on the window! So colorful!
What a fun idea for little ones!
Honestly, packing tape is one thing I know I have on hand at all times — I use it to fix books a lot! 🙂