Catch a Rainbow DIY Gift Preschoolers Can Make

Catch a Rainbow DIY Gift Preschoolers Can Make

I have fond memories of all of the crystals and gems my mom hung in our windows when I was a child. There was nothing better than waking up in the morning, or after a nap  to a room filled with rainbows. Those rainbows brought so much joy, especially on those days that maybe weren't the happiest. 

This holiday season we thought we would gift the joy of rainbows to our family and friends by creating our very own rainbow catchers. To our surprise, It turned out this craft was not only simple, but one that preschoolers and grade school children alike could enjoy side by side. 

For this project you will need:

Chandelier Crystals

Steel Wire

Assortment of beads: For wooden beads we love these, for glass/acrylic beads we love Jesse James brand for beads.

Pliers

To begin (This is a job for a grownup) cut a piece of your wire about 1 foot long. Use your pliers to cut the wire, or use the wire cutting devise that comes on the wire container. Attach one of the wire ends onto the chandelier charms. A simple way to wrap it on is to pull the wire about half an inch through the chandelier charm and then fold it upwards to meet the remaining of the wire-and twist the two wire pieces around each other. You may need to use your pliers to cut off the little extra piece of wire remaining. 

Now you it's time to hand the project over to your young artist. Provide an assortment of beads for them to bead onto the wire. Leave about an inch of space at the top of your wire, so you have room to secure and close the wire. 

Once your child has beaded the wire, it's tie for a grownup to finish and secure the beads in place. Place your finger along the wire and fold the wire over your finger to create a loop. Bring the wire to meet the body of the wire, and remove your finger. You will have a loop shape remaining. Grasp the loop shape with your fingers and twist the wire around until it is secure. You will have a nice way to add a bit of ribbon, fishing line, or twine so you can hang your rainbow catcher. 

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