Colorful DIY Glue Suncatcher Craft

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We have two giant containers of glue at home because we have been making slime. 

But after my son threw the slime at my daughter and got her hair covered in slime, we decided to take a break from all the gooey mess.

Making colorful suncatchers by painting on wet glue is a much easier activity and a lot less mess. It takes about 5 minutes for each glue suncatcher and then you just need to wait for the glue to dry!

DIY Glue Suncatcher

How to Make Suncatchers with Glue


  • Elmer’s white glue
  • Food coloring
  • Toothpick 
  • Plastic lid (the lid needs to be flexible enough so you can bend it to get the suncatcher out)
  • Hole punch
  • String


  1. Pour enough glue into the lid to cover the entire inner surface.
  2. Add drops of food coloring. **Tip: About 3 drops is more than enough.
  3. Swirl the colors around the glue with a toothpick. 
  4. Let the glue dry until completely solid. Depending on how much glue you poured in the lid, it may take 2-3 days.
  5. When you see the edges starting to peel off the lid, you can peel off the glue.
  6. Punch a hole in the suncatcher with the hole punch.
  7. Insert the string into the hole.
  8. Hang the suncatcher in a sunny spot.
DIY Glue Suncatcher Glue Hanging Tree

My kids had a lot of fun making the suncatcher. You do have to watch your kid while he/she is swirling the food coloring with the toothpick. If you leave them alone, I have a feeling all the colors will be mixed together by the time you return and you will end up with a brown suncatcher.

We found that the yogurt lid worked the best for the suncatcher. We did a bigger one but because of its size, it tends to curve and bend. It also took longer to dry.

I would recommend setting your glue to dry somewhere higher up. Your kids will be very tempted to touch it while it’s drying and their little fingers may ruin the suncatcher!

Final Thoughts on the Painted Glue Suncatcher

My kids really enjoyed making their own colorful glue suncatcher. They are amazed by how when the white glue dried, it became clear. 

We are going to try more of these glue suncatchers because it was so easy and fun. I wonder what will happen when we try clear glue? Or glitter glue?

Stay tuned!


10 thoughts on “Colorful DIY Glue Suncatcher Craft”

    1. Hello!

      If you put them in warmer places, they will probably curl up. How big are the suncatchers? If you make them in bigger lids, they will probably curl unless you put enough glue so that it’s nice and thick so they won’t curl. I recommend doing smaller lids (like yogurt) and just make sure you use enough glue. They are so pretty! 😀 Hope that helps!

  1. Gotta try this with the grands, they love anything with glue. I love the idea of glitter glue. We don’t have that, but lots of colors of glitter. I think I’ll try adding a bit of that.

    1. This one is super fun! Yes add glitter and see what happens! Just a word of caution, I am not sure where you live but it’s possible that the heat is too much right now for this craft. I am in Arizona and the over 100 degree weather would definitely make the glue melt!

  2. Just tried this with my grandkids. Didn’t have plastic covers so used paper drinking cups. I’m concerned we may have put in a bit too much glue. I’ve put them up high out of reach and hope they will dry. I also hope that we can peel them out. Fingers crossed.

    1. We used yogurt lids, but you can use any lid with a rim. The lid doesn’t have to be bendable but it certainly makes it easier to take out the suncatcher after the glue dries.

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