Here is a craft that can be done by all members. The basic steps are the same; however, the project can be made age appropriate by using different materials.
Use glass gems for younger members and glass pieces for members who are old enough to handle sharp glass pieces. Complete details can be found on several sites. A few I recommend are DYI Glass Gem Suncatcher, wholesalerusainc.com, wikihowtomakesuncatchers.com (source of below picture at left margin.)
Glass gems, glass stones (in floral section of craft stores) or cut glass pieces
A plastic lid
Please keep in mind the following tips to help create a successful project:
Tip 1: Be sure to use clear glue (Elmer’s, Super Tacky, etc.) for a clear and more attractive suncatcher. Using white glue makes for a cloudy piece.
Tip 2: Trace the outline of the lid on a piece of scrap paper. Place the glass gems or glass pieces inside the outline. Move the pieces around until satisfied with the design. Then transfer each gem or piece from the paper to the lid that has been coated with clear glue.
Tip 3: If using glass gems, make sure they are touching each other. This makes the project sturdier.
Tip 4: Once all the pieces are beautifully placed in the lid, pour some more glue onto the lid and glass gems or pieces to be sure all spaces are filled.
Tip 5: Leave the suncatcher dry for 4 or more days. If you start to remove the project from the lid and it is not completely dry, place the suncatcher securely back on the lid and be patient while it thoroughly dries for another day. It will pay off.
You can make a more advanced suncatcher buy gluing the glass pieces onto the glass from a picture frame. First, trace the inside edges of the frame onto the glass. Securely glue the back of the pieces to the glass leaving a narrow (1/8 inch) space between the pieces. After fully dried, fill in the spaces with black liquid lead. Let dried completely. Place the glass back into the frame and secure with the frame tabs.