Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins

Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher

I’ve been wanting to do something festive for the fall season. Originally I was thinking that we could make the pumpkins in to Jack-O-Lanterns by cutting faces on them, but then decided against it since Sophia’s scissor skills aren’t up to that task yet.

What you will need:

  • Liquid watercolors (can be replaced with food coloring)
  • Cups for your watercolors
  • Pipettes (you can get ones from your pharmacy)
  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet
  • Cling wrap
  • Oven (not necessary)
Liquid Watercolors
Liquid Watercolors

Set up: Place a cling wrap on your baking sheet.

I chose to use red, orange, yellow, and brown liquid watercolors for our pumpkins. For each of the colors in a cup I put about a 1/4 inch of water and added a bit of the watercolor in.

So excited!
So excited!

First I sketched a pumpkin shape in pencil on to a filter that I wanted to use as a template. Cut out several filter pumpkins at the same time to with the template until you have cut out as many as you want to make. Place pumpkins on top of the cling wrap on the baking sheets. I put 2 pumpkins on top of each other (one pile had 3, we made sure to put extra paint on that one) since I only had 2 baking sheets to use and didn’t want to try to transfer wet filters.

Painting away
Painting away

I found these spill proof paint cups on Walmart.com and I’m happy to say they worked great. I love that they come with lids so you can store paint in them as well.

Fun squirting paint
Fun squirting paint

Let your child explore and mix colors to their hearts content.

Fun mixing colors
Fun mixing colors
Wet Painted Pumpkins
Wet Painted Pumpkins

The colors will be more vibrant when wet. You want to make sure there is plenty of paint on the filters unless you are looking to have very muted colors.

All painted!
All painted!

I placed the pumpkins in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the coffee filters. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.

TIP: You can remove the pumpkins off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.

Drying out in the oven with the light on
Drying out in the oven with the light on

Once the filters have dried you can tape them on to a window and the sun will light them up beautifully.

Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins Ready to Hang Up
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins Ready to Hang Up
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher

Easy Fast Cheap Easter Bunny Craft (sun catcher)

I found this at Hobby Lobby on sale for 40% off. I picked it up since I always have my eye out for simple fast in-expensive crafts.

Easter Craft kit
Easter Craft kit

I was a bit surprised that what I had thought was a paint brush was actually a plastic pick.

Easter Craft kit came with a pick not a brush
Easter Craft kit came with a pick not a brush
Testing out a new method of painting
Testing out a new method of painting

It’s always fun to explore new things and ways to paint.

I set up painting projects in trays to contain potential messes.

TIP: Have wet wipes handy for easy clean up

Fun painting
Fun painting

Sophia’s finished Easter Bunny.

Easter Bunny all painted
Easter Bunny all painted

Glittery Valentines Sun Catchers

I decided that with our painted doilies we would make glittery Valentines sun catchers.

Glittery hearts in the window
Glittery hearts in the window

What you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Black cardstock
  • Glitter
  • Contact paper
  • Pencil
  • Doilies of your liking
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet

At first I was thinking we would glue the glitter to the frame but then we decided to put the glitter all over the contact paper instead.

Materials (we didn't end up using the glue stick)
Materials (we didn’t end up using the glue stick)

Cut out a suitable frame for your doilies.

TIP: If working with a toddler you may want have some extra space in the frame for placement of the doilies.

Sizing out the opening on the first frame
Sizing out the opening on the first frame

After you are satisfied with your frame, if you are making multiples like we were, use the cut out frame as a stencil and lightly trace it on to the remaining cardstock.

Once you have one frame sized to your liking, lightly trace it on the others with a pencil
Once you have one frame sized to your liking, lightly trace it on the others with a pencil

I chose to have the contact paper pieces not cover the whole frame. I wanted it about half way on the frame so I measured it out as shown below, leaving roughly two edges out.

Measuring out the contact paper
Measuring out the contact paper

The front piece of contact paper I wanted to be even smaller (as at this point I was still thinking of gluing glitter on the frame). I used one cut out piece and measured a slightly larger piece for it.

Measuring out the smaller piece of contact paper. I didn't want it to be much larger than the opening
Measuring out the smaller piece of contact paper. I didn’t want it to be much larger than the opening

Once you have all your cutting done place the larger piece over the opening, as shown below.

TIP: If you aren’t planning on doing anything to the frame it is easier to make them the same size for the front and back.

Place the contact paper over the opening
Place the contact paper over the opening
Ready to place hearts
Ready to place hearts

Let your little one place the hearts as they desire.

Hearts all set in their frames
Hearts all set in their frames

For glitter portion you want to place the frames in to a baking pan or tray of some sort to contain all the glitter.

Ready to glitter
Ready to glitter

Sophia wanted to show the kids how to glitter 🙂 Video below

Glitter fun
Glitter fun

After glitter has been placed you will want to shake or (rub with a finger) the excess glitter around so they aren’t in big piles.

Place the smaller piece of contact paper over the top opening
Place the smaller piece of contact paper over the top opening

After you are done, place the remaining piece of contact paper over the top to seal it in.

Finished glitter hearts
Finished glitter hearts

It is ready to stand up on a window sill 🙂

Coloring Page Stained Glass Valentine (easy with contact paper)

This is a great project for boys and girls. This can be done with any free coloring pages you find to your liking online. I found some cute teddy bears, Pooh characters, even a super cute Ninjago one (link here). Just Google for free Valentine coloring pages.

Hello Kitty Stained Glass Valentine
Hello Kitty Stained Glass Valentine

What you will need:

  • Printer and computer/tablet/or smart phone and a sheet of printer paper
  • Find a free coloring page online you like and print it out
  • Clear Shelf liner (Contact paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper in at least 2 different colors
  • Heart paper punch (size about 1 inch)

TIP: You don’t need a heart paper punch. Other shapes will work as well and you can even forgo it completely and just tear pieces of tissue paper for a more rustic look.

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch
Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch

TIP: You could have your little one color the picture too

Cut out the heart
Cut out the heart

Cut out the heart on your coloring page. Also cut two pieces of the contact paper large enough to cover that area.

Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout
Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout

Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout. Place face down on table.

Excited to craft
Excited to craft

It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed. Some of the ones she put on were crumpled and folded up and that’s ok.

Almost done
Almost done
Admiring hanAdmiring her handy-work dy-work
Admiring her handy-work

Note: the left edge has some overhang from the contact paper. Trim off any overhanging contact paper.

Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper
Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper

Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper. Start on one edge, line it up as close as you can. Then pull back the rest of the backing paper and set it down like in the picture above.

She loves her Hello Kitty Sun Catcher Valentine!
She loves her Hello Kitty Sun Catcher Valentine!
What it looks like against a window
What it looks like against a window

 

Stained Glass Heart (made easy with contact paper)

I kept seeing cute stained glass hearts on Pinterest but didn’t find the one I had in mind, so I made up my own version.

Finished Stained Glass Heart
Finished Stained Glass Heart

What you will need:

  • 1 sheet of construction paper (I picked red)
  • Clear Shelf liner (Contact paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper in at least 2 different colors
  • Heart paper punch (size about 1 inch)
  • Pencil
Materials I used
Materials I used (pencil not pictured)
Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half
Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half

Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half.

Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking
Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking

Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking, the folded edge of the paper is next to the pencil.

Cut out the heart
Cut out the heart

Cut out the heart.

Then cut out the center of the heart
Then cut out the center of the heart

Then cut out the center of the heart, leave about 3/4 inch wide edge for your frame. I free handed the cutting but if you want you can sketch it on before cutting.

Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out
Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out

Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out. I cut out a rectangular piece of the paper off the roll.

Trace the shape of the heart on the paper
Trace the shape of the heart on the paper

Trace the shape of the heart on the paper.

TIP: If you are doing the project right away you can just remove the backing off the contact paper, place the heart frame on there and then trim around it.

Make sure they line up
Make sure they line up

I was setting up the project ahead of time so I didn’t place the contact paper on the frame at this point.

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch
Fold the tissue paper over several times so the paper punch makes multiples with each punch

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the paper punch makes multiples with each punch. This one I folded so it punched 4 hearts out each time.

I punched one row and had enough of one color
I punched one row and had enough of one color

I punched one row and had enough of one color. The second color I did I folded it so it punched out 8 hearts at a single punch.

Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft
Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft

Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft. I placed the contact paper on the frame and let her place the hearts where ever she desired.

It's ok if the pieces aren't perfectly placed
It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed

It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed. Some of the ones she put on were crumpled and folded up and that’s ok.

I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit
I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit

I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit.

Concentrating
Concentrating
Finishing up
Finishing up
She was excited to put it on the window lol
She was excited to put it on the window lol
I didn't use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold
I didn’t use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold

I didn’t use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold.

Sun shining through
Sun shining through
Admiring her work
Admiring her work
Finished Stained Glass Heart
Finished Stained Glass Heart

Sun Catchers

Painted Sun Catchers
Painted Sun Catchers

Painting sun catchers is a lot of fun. It is quick, easy, cheap, and a great rainy day activity. What better to do on a gloomy rainy day than dream of the sun 🙂

Sun catchers can be bought in kits or separately. I bought mine separate and found the paint sold alone at Hobby Lobby. If you are buying separate make sure the paint is for sun catchers specifically. The different shapes you can get at Walmart or Hobby Lobby or other craft store generally they are $0.50 a piece.

These will make a great gifts for family members. The shapes do come in holiday themes as well.

What you will need:

Sun catcher shapes

Sun catcher paint

Paint brushes

String to hang the finished project

set up to paint sun catchers
set up to paint sun catchers

TIP: The sun catcher paint will stain your skin if not wiped off right away.

TIP: Use a different brush for each color to help minimize colors mixing in the container

Painting Sun Catcher Cupcake
Painting Sun Catcher Cupcake

TIP: Open only one color at a time to help minimize mess, mixing of colors, and spills.

Painting Sun Catcher Elephant
Painting Sun Catcher Elephant

TIP: You may want to limit the amount of colors used per sun catcher. A bunch of colors mixed together will end in a brownish result in the end. The cupcake I allowed her to use 6 colors and the elephant I limited it to only 4.

Allow to air dry before putting the string on and hanging them up.

Painted Sun Catchers
Painted Sun Catchers