Gelatin Sun Catchers

Did you know that gelatin can be used for more than just eating?
You can also use it to make a plastic like material that is perfect for making sun catchers
I decided that we should give it a try after seeing it (here) in FamilyFun magazine, it's so simple!

Boil 3 tablespoons of water and add an envelope of  unflavored gelatin (we used Knox)
pour into a bowl or measuring cup

**one envelope is 7 grams of gelatin**
 Add any coloring you would like and stir
or don't it's really up to you!
Pour onto plates and add embellishments such as glitter 
and/or 
drops of a different color and swirl for a marbling effect
Now the article says let dry overnight, that was not the case for us!
We started this project on a Friday morning and they were not completely dry until Monday.
I could tell that they were dry when they started peeling off the plates
The middles and edges started buckling and the edges became dry and pulled away from the sides of the plate
They felt very similar to overhead projector sheets
The lighter looking color on the left is dry and peeling off the plate, the right side is still stuck to the plate
One box of Knox gave us four different colors
Blue with every type of glitter we own
Green with purple glitter
Blue with red swirls
Pink with purple swirls
I cut each circle in half and gave one side to Miss C and one side for myself
Punching holes to hang the pieces
Stars waiting to be hung
These stars are above my kitchen sink
C took a freehand approach and cut her half circles into random pieces so we punched holes into all of the ones that were big enough and strung them up together with fishing line creating one beautiful sun catcher!
 It seems to me that at the end of every blog post I mention how we are going to do a project again...well we ARE going to do this again because I have a box of Knox waiting in my cupboard and I just realized what I want to do with it!

Hope you make these, they really turn out gorgeous and hold up well!

25 comments:

  1. What a Fantastic Idea! I've never seen anything like it either and I LOVE Family Fun Magazine! How did I miss it? Can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)

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  2. Another Fabulous idea and beautiful too! O.K. you've convinced me to become a follower!

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  3. Thanks for the comments ladies,
    the more the merrier! :)

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    1. Dear Aleacia,
      I loved this post. Would love to know if these are waterproof. Thanks

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  4. This is sooooo cool. Did not know about making this - will be doing it soon! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  5. I never knew you could do this. I'm going to give it a try!

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  6. This is so wonderful I can't stand it and can't wait to make them! Thx! Karen

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  7. Do cookie cutters work well with these? I would love to make the alphabet and other shapes for the light table:)

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    1. Cookie cutters will not work on these. They dry hard like sheets of plastic, you have to use scissors to cut it. I used cookie cutters to trace images onto the sheets (with Sharpie) and then cut them out.

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  8. How many grams should i use?

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    1. One envelope of gelatin is 7 grams

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  9. I assume these would melt in the rain?

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  10. Does anyone know the melting tempature of the hardened plastic? I think it would be amazing to make my own colored gels for my stage lighting instead of spending all that money!
    thank you! liza jane

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    1. Sorry Liza Jane I can't help you but maybe you can just make a sheet of gelatin plastic and try it? If it doesn't work at least you wouldn't be out too much money.

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    2. Gels for stage lighting, now knows as "filters," were originally made from gelatine--hence the theatre industry name "gel."

      The biggest problem with early gels was that they melted very easily.

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  11. Are these sheets sticky when "dry"?

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    1. Hi Anon!
      The sheets are not sticky at all when dry. They feel exactly like acetate sheets or hard cellophane

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  12. Could you make mini fairy wings from it? I wonder if it would stay inside a wire armature!

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    1. Sue,
      I bet you could make mini fairy wings! I'd love to see that!

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  13. This is so neat! I have a box of gelatin. I am going to try this with my kiddos.

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  14. how did you make this dry? how did you dry it?

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    1. Just let it air dry, takes a few days

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  15. Can you use silicon moulds with this

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