Makit & Bakit Kit for Making a Suncatcher

The other day I mentioned we would be making a suncatcher with a Makit & Bakit kit that I bought at a Joann Fabrics store. Today’s the day! I have seen this type of kit before but I had never done one. So time to teach an old dog a new trick! 😉 Here’s how they are done:

This is what was included in the kit. The instructions were printed on the back of the cardboard.

The idea of making them is simple. First line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Place the frame, flat side down, onto the foil lined cookie sheet.

Start with one color and fill an area of the frame with that color of the little plastic pieces. First I did orange.

Then the yellow…

Next came green…

And finally the blue.

The trick is getting and keeping the colors in the places you want them. It’s good to have a toothpick and a pair of tweezers handy for moving the little pieces around. And tweezers are nice for filling in the little spaces. Here’s a closer view so you can see what they look like when they are ready for the oven.

Now you preheat the oven according to the package directions. Do NOT use a microwave!! Place the cookie sheet with your suncatcher in the heated oven and follow the package directions for how long to let it bake. Mine took about 15 minutes. A word of caution: Open your windows while your suncatcher is in the oven. It will give off a plastic smell. The package says it is not harmful, but if you are sensitive to odors, you might not like this part of the process. After the plastic pieces have melted, remove the cookie sheet and let the suncatcher cool before handling. Then it should peel off the foil easily. Because of the odor, I sat my cookie sheet outside to cool and that helped a lot to dispel the odor.

And there is your suncatcher! Add a bit of string if you like to hang it up. It was a fun project but a little tedious getting the little pieces in just the right place, so this might be good for kids that are a bit older. (I accidentally dropped my tweezers on my suncatcher which made the tiny pieces go flying all over…and then I had to clean them up!) And of course, adult supervision is needed when using the oven. Let me know if you give this a try! 🙂

Clearance Prices on Kids’ Crafts at Michaels!

Are you always on the lookout for sale prices on things for your favorite kiddos? (Aren’t we all?) I wanted to share some great prices at Michaels craft stores for some kids’ crafts. I don’t know how long these prices will be in effect but they are available as I’m writing this post! Some items they show on sale are “in-store pickup only” but some items are available for shipping directly to you. If you want to go directly to their website instead of looking at some suggestions I have, here is the link:

https://www.michaels.com/shop-categories/kids/807060409?pmid=onclearance

Here we go! Color Zone Wooden Suncatchers Stained Glass Effect Kit. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Artsi Dino Dig. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Artsi Puff Paints. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Sparkle Magic 3D Gemstone Mosaics Besties Kit. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Color Zone Cling-Eez Perfect Pals Paint Kit. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Color Zone 3D Scratch N’ Color Kit. Regular $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Mine 2 Design Fashion Sketchbook. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Those are just a few of the cool items in the Clearance sale at Michaels craft store. Check it out for yourself and see what goodies you can find! If for some reason the link above doesn’t work, go to michaels.com and in the search box, type the word “clearance” and then click on the “Kids” tab. Happy shopping! 🙂