It's not springtime yet outside. There is still snow on the ground and it most likely will snow once, if not twice, again these last two weeks of winter (and well into spring). I'm, like most of the eastern part of the country, over it. Most winters don't bother me, but we've had our share of snow and cold weather. I'm ready for the warmer temperatures, bright sunshine, the retreat of Debbie Downer, and the emergence of Pollyanna.
As much as I like the Valentine's Day window treatments, the household was ready for a more springtime decoration and a new holiday is right around the corner. And as we all know, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. It was time to catch some rainbows and sunshine!
rustic craft wire
hot glue, hot glue stick
1. Cut the rustic craft wire into pieces with the wire snips and then fashion them into circles. My husband just twisted the pieces over on themselves to fasten the ends.
2. Secure the end of the yarn to the wire ring and begin to wrap the yarn around the ring to create a web.
3. Cut the yarn and tie the other yarn end so the sunbeam catcher doesn't unravel.
4. Cut ribbon at different (or same...depending on the look you're going after) lengths and position them in the sunbeam catchers.
5. Squeeze a dab or two of hot glue (remember, be careful...the glue is hot!) onto the ribbon and fold it over onto itself to secure the catcher.
6. Pin to the valence using a safety pin.
7. Catch some sun, or if you're lucky enough, some rainbows!
*This craft doesn't really take a long time, but depending on your little one's age you will might need to help him or her some...or a lot.
*I wanted to use green yarn for a more festive sunbeam catcher, but we only had orange in the house. We improvised with varying green ribbons.
*You might have to hot glue some of the ribbon ends to the wire rings if they pop undone like some of mine did.
Thanks to Family Chic for the inspiration!