|Using Elmer's Clear Glue|
|Using Elmer's white School Glue|
Play at Home Mom Facebook page). And some people didn't always have good results. I felt like I needed to experiment a bit before I had the girls do this. I really wanted it to work out for them. So my 2 year old and I made these the day before:
My girls are 6 and 8 years old so they were pretty methodical with filling in their cookie cutters. They did it a bit like it was a Pixos project or they were using perler beads. My son just dumped them in as I would expect a 2 year old would do. :-) I really love that this project can be done with just about any age group! It is tough finding things that entertain all three of my kids. Then it was time to glue:
Here is how they looked after Day Two:
Day Three, I removed them from the cookie cutters. There were still a few spots that needed to finish drying. Once dry, I used some very thin flower wire I had from a previous project and I bought suction cup hooks at Dollar Tree (you get 9 hooks for $1).
(MARCH 17, 2013--EDITED TO ADD---PLAY AT HOME MOM WHERE I ORIGINALLY GOT THIS IDEA HAS EXPERIMENTED AND PLAYED AROUND WITH THIS IDEA MORE. SHE HAS 'PERFECTED' THE PROJECT. USE HOT GLUE AROUND THE BOTTOM OF YOUR COOKIE CUTTER TO KEEP THE GLUE FROM LEAKING. SHE ALSO SUGGESTED JUST MAKING AN OUTLINE OF HOT GLUE (WITHOUT A COOKIE CUTTER) TO HOLD THE GLUE. AND USING PLEXIGLASS OR GLASS UNDER THE PROJECT INSTEAD OF WAX PAPER. LOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF HER POST HERE.)
1. Elmer's School Glue works better than Elmer's Clear Glue in terms of less leakage under the cookie cutters. You will get a more opaque finish to your sun catcher. But if you use translucent pony beads, they will still look neat when the light shines through in the window. The clear glue is also a little more difficult to see when you're putting it in the cookie cutter.
2. Elmer's School Glue is better for younger kids (I would say under age 4) because younger kids are more likely to squeeze to their heart's content and the white glue will hold up better than clear glue. However, clear glue definitely looks fabulous in the window so if the parent wants to control the amount of glue or you have an older kid who understands not putting a ton of glue in the cookie cutter, than by all means use clear glue. We found all the way around that it's best to just cover the beads as minimally as possible with the glue. Less is definitely more with this project. You just want to make sure everything is thinly covered.
3. I tried using a hair dryer alternating shots of warm and cool air (I have a cool air button feature on my hair dryer) to blow air around the outside of the cookie cutter to "seal" the glue more quickly. This seemed to help with seepage from under the cookie cutter a little bit.
4. If the cookie cutter is warped, place a heavy book on it for only one day. The glue in the middle will not start to dry out with the book on top because no air will get to it. However, the edge of the cookie cutter is exposed to air so any glue leaking out will solidify in a day. Then you can remove the book and let the inside get air. You just might have to add an extra day to your drying time.
5. My girls asked me to tape their cookie cutter down while they were putting the beads in because they were frustrated that it kept moving around. I taped the cookie cutter on two sides to the wax paper and then taped one side of the wax paper to the edge of the light table. This seemed to solve this problem for them.
6. Make sure to use plastic cookie cutters for the project. Metal cutters will rust during the three day drying time. And I think for whatever reason the glue doesn't seep out of the plastic cutters as much as metal ones from what I've seen in other people's blog posts about this project.
7. Be aware that the clear glue will come through the wax paper underneath a tiny bit and they will all feel "moist" on the bottom from the glue. So just make sure they are on a surface where that is ok. I just left them on my kitchen counter. I'm not sure I would put newspaper under them. Maybe this would transfer a bit? I'm not sure.
I'm not usually this thorough, I hope our experimenting helped! I've also come across several other sun catcher projects that I've pinned and we will be trying out in the near future.