Mason Jar Lid Suncatchers: Cute DIY Gifts Kids Can Make

9 Materials
15 Minutes

These mason jar lid suncatchers are a great craft to do with kids of any age. They are quick enough to keep the attention of the little ones and older kids can get more detailed and creative. Use freehand drawings, coloring pages, or my free printable. Whichever you choose, these mason jar lid suncatchers will be beautiful in a window or outside and they make DIY gifts that kids can make and give to their friends and family.
Cover your work surface with newspaper or paper towel to protect it as you work. Gather your supplies.

If you want your sun catcher to be more colorful you can paint the mason jar ring before beginning.  Be sure to allow plenty of time for it to dry before putting your sun catcher together.

Print out one of these free printables and color using watercolor paints or markers.  You could also use pages from a favorite coloring book or draw and color something freehand.  

Trim the art to the size of your mason jar ring.

Once you’ve colored your art and cut it out, carefully dip a cotton ball in olive oil and apply the oil to your paper.  The oil will make the colored artwork become almost translucent and will allow the sun to shine through. Wipe off any excess oil with a dry cotton ball or paper towel.  Set aside and allow to dry.
Carefully add a bead of glue to the inside of your mason jar ring.  Place your artwork inside with the colored side facing out.

Wrap ribbon, twine, or string around the outside of the mason jar ring and tie a knot at the top to secure it in place.  Be sure to leave enough length to use for hanging it.
These mason jar lid sun catchers will make fun gifts for the kids to be able to give as well as cheerful decoration. Do you think you will try this craft with your kiddos?
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  • Ant32160070
    on Dec 20, 2017

    How do the colors hold up over time? Have you noticed much fading?
    • Blu13128729
      on Dec 25, 2017

      SO-if they liked it to do they might like to do it again--older kids--better artists. Go for it. THANKS for a great idea for Bible School projects.
  • Linda
    on Dec 28, 2017

    Would olive oil attract bugs? Could you use mineral oil?
    Really pretty, simple to make & lovely - Thank you!
  • DeePaw
    on Jan 5, 2018

    What about using parchment paper?
    • Karen E Tirado
      on Jan 6, 2018

      I was thinking the same thing. Might even be able to use in copier to print images.

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