Mother’s Day Sun Catcher Craft

With Mother’s Day fast approaching (it’s this Sunday if anyone needs to remind their hubby’s) I was in need of a fun craft that my son could make for our favourite moms.  So off to Pinterest I went, and came across this quick, easy, and cheap craft.

A couple years go we did the hand print stepping stones, last year (I’m not going to lie) I think I completely lost track of time and forget to put anything together. This year I decided on these nice and simple sun catchers.

Clark had fun picking out what cookie cutter he wanted to use, and filling the pan with beads.  In the post I found she made her brothers arrange the beads sitting all on the flat sides, Clark wouldn’t have the patience for that, and I didn’t feel like going through the beads one by one to fix them, so we just left them the way they fell.

So if you need a quick last minute gift idea, give these a try!

Pony beads
Cake pan
Cookie cutters (optional)

– Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
– Put the beads in to your cake pan. Don’t worry about non-stick spray or anything, once it ha cooled down completely it will slide right out of the cake pan. We made 3 different sun catchers, one with a heart, one with a bear, and one with an ice cream cone.
– Back in the oven for 20-30 minutes (depending on how many you’re making at a time)

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– Let the plastic cool complete and remove from cake pan. The post I found said that she’s seen some people have drilled small holes to put a string or ribbon through to hang them.  But I copied her and put the cookie cutters up high enough so we could just use the shapes to hang them.

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Homemade Photo Album

So as I was coming up with ideas of how to put wedding pictures together for our family members I came across this.  I hate little mini photo albums because I didn’t want to print off a few pictures, and have a bunch of empty pages in it.  So when I came across this idea on the blog making Lemonade I was super excited!

Here are the directions (straight from the blog’s page), but I included pictures of my personal project as I went along.  If you’re looking for a gift idea for Mother’s Day next month, this is definitely a great one!

Materials:
10 photos
1 sheet patterned scrapbook paper
1 sheet solid colored scrapbook paper
washi tape or clear tape
ribbon
ruler
scissors, x-acto knife, or paper cutter
glue for covers (preferably photo safe)
photo mounting squares (acid free and photo safe)
embellishment (optional) 

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1.  First, print or order some photos you love (4X6).  I did a set for each grandmother, including a few photos I know are their favorites.  Noodle helped me choose.

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2.  Go on a paper shopping spree at the craft store or raid your own stash.  You’ll need one sheet of ‘fancy’ paper for the covers and a coordinating solid color sheet.  I bought a few, actually, in case I made a mistake and needed a do-over.

3.  Next, measure and cut your covers using the fancy patterned paper.  You’ll need two pieces, each sized 4X6.

4.   Now it’s time for the pages.  Make sure your solid scrapbook paper is exactly 12 X 12, because sometimes they are off a few centimeters and you’ll want a perfect square to start.  Cut the 12 X 12 sheet in half, creating two 6 X 12 inch sections.

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Then, measure three 4″ long sections on each piece.  Fold at the 4″ marks.  I used a bone folder to make the folds really smooth but that’s certainly optional.

You’ll end up with two pieces with three sections each, sized 4X6 and just waiting for some cuteness.

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5.  Tape the two sections together at the short ends.  I used washi tape because I love the stuff but you can use any kind of tape you’d like, including clear.  Your album is taking shape!  Fold it up accordion style to help you find the front and back covers.

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6.  Be sure the ribbon is long enough to wrap about the album and tie in front, then cut to desired length.  Glue the ribbon to the middle of the back cover, with it’s ends hanging free out of the sides.

7.  Now glue your fancy scrapbook paper covers onto the front and back.  The back cover will be glued over the ribbon.  The photo below is upside down, so sorry, but it illustrates how the back cover should look– in other words, the back cover is at the top of the photo, with the ribbon.

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8.  Next up?  THE FUN PART.  Arrange your photos on the remaining open pages, both front and back.  I like to have them all face the same way, and keep the color families similar as well.  But it’s great to exercise your personal creativity here!

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9.  Use photo mount squares on the four corners of each photo.  Attach to the pages.

10.  I printed out a label with our wedding date and a thank you and put it on the front of each album that I made (there were 4 in total). But you can make up whatever you like to match the reason or person you’re giving them to.


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If you give it a try yourself let me know how it turns out!  And don’t forget to check out making Lemonade for more fun ideas!