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Jenny Barnett-Rohrs makes a suncatcher.

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Jenny Barnett-Rohrs


Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day, Home Dec, Gift Giving, and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Areas of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour plus drying time


Suncatcher Mandalas

Recycling is beautiful when you take old CDs and create lovely sun catchers using glitter glue and a Mandala pattern


  1. Elmer’s® Glitter Glue
  2. Old CDs
  3. Sandpaper
  4. Copy paper
  5. Pencil
  6. Scissors
  7. Permanent marker
  8. Puffy paint
  9. Toothpicks or cotton swabs
  10. Cord for hanging



  1. Using the sandpaper, lightly sand and CD to remove some of the shine and so the glue will stick well.
  2. Trace the CD onto paper using the pencil; cut the circle shape out.
  3. Make a template. It’s just like making a paper snowflake! First, fold the circle in half, fold the 1/2 circle into 3rds, fold the remaining wedge shape in half, snip off the bottom 1/3rd of the triangle, snip the edges of the top, both sides, make a snip in both sides of the triangle one higher and one lower.
  4. Place the template over the CD and mark all the places you snipped with a permanent marker.
  5. Using the permanent marker, “connect the dots” making scallops and points to create a unique, while symmetrical, design.
  6. Using black puffy paint, trace over your marker lines. Let dry
  7. Fill in the areas of your mandala using glitter glue- use cotton swabs to spread the glue around. You can mix colors if you like using toothpicks to create swirls or ombré effects. Let dry.
  8. Thread the cord though the center hole and tie a knot for hanging.


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