Check out this easy paper towel sun catcher earth craft you can make in about 5 minutes!
This paper towel craft idea is perfect for Earth Day and is also a fun process art activity kids will love.
We’ll be having a big focus on earth day ideas along with sustainable and recycling crafts in the coming months.
I know, it’s still early for Earth Day, but really Earth Day should be every day. By the time it rolls around on April 22nd everybody is distracted by Easter and Spring. That’s why we like to make earth-focussed crafts in January and February.
We actually made this paper towel earth sun catcher craft a year ago, but once the paint was dry I stashed the finished planet earths in a safe place to photograph later. It must have been a very safe place indeed because I never found them again, haha. I had to make them again using different shades of green and blue because we’d run out of the ones we originally used, which is why the colours look different in the video and process photos.
This is is basically just a green and blue version of our scrunch-dyed paper towel art. We’ve used liquid water colours for dipping. You could switch this for food colouring drops in water if you don’t have any liquid water colours at home but beware that food colouring stains skin terribly and is also really hard to get out of clothing and off furniture. So if you go the food colouring option do it outside on a covered table wearing old clothes, because this is a very drippy craft.
This earth day art activity is great for all ages, preschoolers and kindergarteners included and as you can see in the video my 10 year old also loved it.
Here’s how to make it…
How to make a sun catcher earth craft
You will need
- paper towel
- a paper plate (or a regular plate) to trace around
- lead pencil
- liquid water colour paint in green and blue
- bowls for dipping
- rack for drying
- blu-tack for hanging
- Place a paper plate over a sheet of paper towel. Trace around the plate and cut it out to get your round earth shape. You can stack several sheets on top of each other and cut them out at all once if you want to make more than one earth.
- Pour some blue and green paint into small bowls for dipping (you probably won’t need as much as we’ve used in the video unless you want to make a lot of earths!)
- Scrunch the earth up loosely and dip part of it in the blue paint, then turn it around and dip the part that is still white in the green paint.
- Unfold the dripping piece of paper towel to reveal a planet earth!
- Lay it on a drying rack until dry.
- When finished, it can be hung on the window using small pieces of blu-tack.
So simple! Now your paper towel sun catcher earth craft is ready to hang.
Don’t forget to stay tuned for more Earth Day craft ideas over the next month!
Environmentally friendly creative ideas for kids
- Make a set of cute helicopters from an egg carton
- Learn about the amazing sugar glider while you make one from an egg carton
- You can make a construction kit from nature – then let the kids go crazy with it
- Earth art outdoors is a fun way to creatively connect with nature
- Chalk and nature art is another interesting outdoor process art activity kids will love