Thursday, September 22, 2011

Make your own SunCatcher Paint.

While I was at the local Wal-Mart I was in the kid craft area and seen the sun catcher items. I thought "WOW what a fun project for the little one." As I was looking at the prices I thought to myself. I wonder if I can make my own paint. Later that night I was laying in bed, and it hit me. I bet I could just use glue that dries clear. The next morning I got on the internet and did a little searching. Low and behold on ehow they have instructions... GUESS WHAT all it has in it is....thats right clear Elmer glue and some food coloring. So I was stoked. Back to walmart I go. and for a 1.77 I was able to get the glue and for .47 each I got 4 of the individual sun-catcher plastic thingies. I already had food coloring at home so for less than $4.00 I was excited. I got home and in an old deviled egg holder i picked up at a thrift store I poured about 1 tlbs of glue and around 4 drops of color in each.

SOOOOOO the things that you will need are.
  • Clear glue (I used Elmer's)
  • Food Coloring
  • Sun-catcher Shapes
  • Paintbrush
  • newspaper to cover work surface
  • ice cube tray to put paint in. (on a side note... If you put the "paint" in something that can be sealed off you can reuse the paint over and over till it is gone)

After you have added about a tablespoon or so into the different compartments use a toothpick or Popsicle stick to stir the color into the glue .

On the McCormick page there is a page with all things food coloring and a chart on how to make all the wonderful colors. Here I have orange green in a few different shades blue purple yellow and a brownish color that you get when one drop of each color is added. if you want darker colors add more drops if you want lighter colors like what i have use about 4 drops or so. (some had 5 or 6) The McCormick page tells you around 20 drops for egg dye I don't think you need that much. But Trial and Error is the way we learn right...
Here is the star that I painted . It is still wet. The shapes will take a half hour or so to dry.

UNLESS you have a son that wants the glue really really thick then it may take a couple hours.
But the color is
Here they are on a paper towel drying.

After they are dry you can hang them from fishing line in a window and have a something cute to look at and your kiddos to be proud of.

The Kitty and the Dog
A Frog

and the star that i did. I think i am going to see if I cant figure out how to make my own shapes. I know that .47 is not expensive, but the selection of shapes was very limited. Maybe I will check Joann's or Michale's, and see what they have. Anyhoo have fun painting. and creating with the little ones.


  1. Awesome! In this economy being such a hardship on all but the wealthy I love that you shared this with us. God Bless you.

  2. great, found your blog on a google search! This will save me a ton for a craft for our co-op! Thank you!!

  3. Thank you so much! Had the problem of running out of paint before all the shapes were painted. I was wondering if you could use any kind of clear plastic like mylar or shrinky dinks and outline the shapes with regular school glue. Could use a coloring book with larger pictures to trace. Maybe someone has already done this.....

  4. Be sure to check out DIY upcycled CD suncatchers!