Paper Plate Suncatcher Christmas Window

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Paper plate sun catcher Christmas window scene. holiday and winter arts and crafts for the kids. Wax paper and SHarpies
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We have a tradition in our family. Every year, since the first year that my husband and I have been together, we put up our tree on the first weekend after Thanksgiving. It is always the same. We throw on the movie Elf, pour ourselves some egg nog and decorate for the holidays. This year, we are in a new home and there has been a little debate as to which window the tree will look best in front of. For me the view from the outside is just as important as the view from within.

We came to a decision and our debate sparked some inspiration for a Christmas craft for me and my little artist.

What you will need:

Paper plate

Thick stock paper

Glue stick and school glue

Wax paper

Black Sharpie

Yarn

Crayola paint pens and washable markers

We cut the center of the paper plate out and then cut two narrow strips out of poster board and formed and glued a cross through the center of the plate using a glue stick.

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We cut a circle out of wax paper and drew a circle inside of it just slightly larger than the hole in the paper plate. The wax paper curled a little, so we weighted the paper down. We drew a Christmas tree scene inside of the drawn circle using a Sharpie.

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My daughter and I borrowed ideas from each other for what to add into our scenes. She had some great ideas and added a lot of details to her picture.

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When we finished with our drawings, we flipped the wax paper over and colored in the other side using Crayola paint pens and washable markers.

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We both colored in every inch of our pictures.When we were done, I trimmed our circles so that they were neater and then glued the circles to the inside of the paper plate Sharpie side down.
Paper plate sun catcher or luminary Christmas window scene. holiday and winter arts and crafts for the kids. Wax paper and SHarpies

We used the school glue to glue yarn to the top of the paper plate to hang in the window. Suction cup hangers work great for this.
Paper plate sun catcher Christmas window scene. holiday and winter arts and crafts for the kids. Wax paper and SHarpies
Paper plate sun catcher Christmas window scene. holiday and winter arts and crafts for the kids. Wax paper and SHarpies

We also discovered that it looks lovely with a flameless candle behind it. We propped one up with craft sticks and used it as a luminary on our nightstand.

Paper plate sun catcher or luminary Christmas window scene. holiday and winter arts and crafts for the kids. Wax paper and SHarpies

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Paper plate sun catcher or luminary Christmas window scene. holiday and winter arts and crafts for the kids. Wax paper and SHarpies

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