This seems to be an obvious choice since most CDs are metallic and catch/reflect the light well. These make great gifts or party decorations and can be used indoors or out.
- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30+ minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- 2 - 6 Unwanted CDs
- Craft Glue
- Work Gloves
- Matches or Lighter
- Craft Wire
- Wire Cutters
Start out by gluing 2 CDs together on the label side so that the blank, shiny sides are facing out. You can use only 2 CDs for a single-tiered sun catcher, use 4 CDs for a two-tiered sun catcher, 6 for a three-tiered sun catcher, and so on.
Put a work glove on one hand and hold the head of the nail with this hand. Use the matches or lighter (adults should complete this step for any kids doing this project) and heat the point of the nail. Carefully push the hot tip of the nail through the pair of CDs, about a 1/2” from the outer edge. This will create a hole you can string wire through to hang up your sun catcher. You may have to heat the nail tip more than once to make a clean hole through both CDs. Test the hole with the wire to make sure it is big enough for the wire to fit through.
Adjust it as needed. You now need to make a second hole, directly across from the first hole, again about a 1/2" from the outer edge. Repeat these same steps for all your glued CD pairs.
The gauge of the wire you will use will really depend on what kind of beads you use. A gauge ranging 24 - 26 works best for smaller beads.
Cut a 5” to 7” piece of wire for each hole you made in the CDs. Starting with what will be your top CD, thread about 1-inch of one end of a piece of wire through one of the holes. Twist the end around the wire right next to the edge of the CD so the wire is firmly attached to the CD. String some beads onto the other end of the wire, pushing them down so they rest near the edge of the CD. When you have about 3” of wire left, twist the end down and wrap it around the wire just above the beads to make a loop for hanging.
Take a second piece of wire and string it through the second hole in your CD pair and twist to secure as you did with the first wire. Once again, string beads onto the wire. This time you will only need to leave about 1” at the end of the wire free of beads. If you are making your sun catcher with only one tier, simply fold up the end of this wire so that the beads stay in place. If you are making a sun catcher with two or more tiers, thread the end of this wire through one of the holes you made in another set of CDs.
Attach all your CD pairs together in this manner, leaving a dangling wire full of beads on your bottom CD.
If desired, you can decorate your sun catcher by drawing designs using dimensional paint, with glitter, or by gluing on flat gems. You can also experiment by making even more holes in your CDs and stringing on more beads.