Gelatin Plastic Rainbows {Two Ways}

I'm on a rainbow kick lately,
I can't stop thinking about rainbows!
Whenever I'm on Pinterest, I'm pinning rainbows.
I have a few rainbow posts,
here, and here, and also here
and don't forget
this one and finally this one

Since you can never have too many rainbows,
we made a couple more!
This time, using plastic made from unflavored gelatin
You can find out how to make the gelatin plastic
(all you need is unflavored gelatin packets, water, and coloring)

I poured the gelatin into trays and set it aside to dry over the weekend

Rainbow Sun Catcher
I cut part of the dried gelatin into little rectangles and punched a hole in the top of each piece
Threaded them on fishing line with some beads
gathered all the fishing line together
tied it in a knot at the top
and hung it in the window
It looks amazing with the light shining through it!

Rainbow Collage
While I was working on the sun catcher, Miss C cut up the rest of the gelatin
I taped contact paper on the table
(sticky side up)
and placed one of each color in order of 
ROYGBV
to help get the girls started.
In no time at all, lines of color started to form.
It was so wonderful to watch the girls excited about matching the colors
and finding just the right spot for the oddly shaped pieces.
Especially Little A, 
who is 2.5 and not particularly interested in anything for more than a few seconds at a time.
When they were finished they had a rainbow collage!
I covered it with another sheet of contact paper
and 
taped it to our back door
 Such a cheerful way to welcome spring into our home!

Are you doing anything special to welcome spring?

48 comments:

  1. Oh, Aleacia. Aleacia. You are killing me with your unbridled creativity and uniqueness. This is simply awesome. I love the tribal mosaic on the window. My goodness. Ridonkulous. Awesome. Really.

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    1. Oh Tricia
      I love that you used the word ridonkulous <3
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, like always :)

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    2. Lovely, would love to do this with my kid's craft class. Can't print pictures, can't copy and put on a word processor, text comes out both ways, but not pictures. I am pretty computer savvy, but may have to do something I don't know should be done. Help?

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  2. Wow that collage is quite a work of art - it looks really professional!

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    1. Thanks Jude! We just love the collage, it's right in our living room!

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  3. I love the rainbow sun catcher!!! Beautiful! And you are right, you can never have too many rainbows :)

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    1. So glad someone else agrees with me about the rainbows! We just love them!

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  4. This is absolutely amazing. Amazing. You are seriously creative and I bet your girls have a ton of fun. I want a little of your creativity to rub off on me!

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    1. Let's get together Joyce and we'll trade ideas! I'll give you art and you give me play ;)

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  5. well I`m heading out to buy gelatin
    can`t wait to try this.
    beautiful work.
    thank you

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    1. Hi Maureen! Did you happen to try this project? I'd love to see it if you did!
      Thanks for visiting!

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  6. This is absolutely beautiful!! I love all the creative things that you do :)

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  7. I love rainbows too, and what a pretty way to welcome spring. Also what a neat use of gelatin! Featuring this today on my Spring Kids Get Crafty :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature Alissa!! This is our favorite use for gelatin, we keep it on the art shelf!

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  8. THIS CRAFT IS AWESOME!!!! I can't believe that I have never seen this before with all of my kid's craft scouring!! Just posted on Craft Gossip, hope it brings you a bunch of traffic to come see these amazing crafts!!

    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=5805

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring this on Craftgossip!! I'm so honored!!

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  9. Oh I just love this!! What an awesome idea!!! Rainbows would have to be my most favourite theme! I just found your blog through a link on facebook and am loving what you do! xx

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    1. Thanks for visiting Janice!! I love love love rainbows! If you're on pinterest I have a whole board for rainbows!!

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    2. I have totally been procrastinating on joining pinterest and have decided to finally jump in and do it - I spend enough time online as it is - why not some more, haha! When I am all set up I will pop by and check it out - thanks!

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  10. Girl, you seriously knocked my socks off with this one! Crazy awesome!

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    1. Thanks Jackie! We really love the way it turned out!

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  11. how much water in gelatin ? how thick layer should they be to dry ? I think this is just the most beautifl think ! such ideas you have,,,,,, love love it thank you

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    1. It's only 3 tbsps of water. You can find the whole recipe here http://www.dillydaliart.com/2011/04/gelatin-sun-catchers.html The layer should be pretty thin, about the thickness of a sheet of paper.

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  12. These are so cool! Love all your rainbow ideas and your pinterest board!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I love that you keep finding me rainbow ideas to pin!!! :)

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  13. Where did you get the cute square trays? And I absolutely LOVE this!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I got the trays from Discount School Supply, they are Colorations brand. I can't seem to find them on the site anymore...:/

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  14. These are so beautiful, I want to start making them stat! Such a wonderful idea. My hat's off to you!

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  15. This is going on our summer art to-do list along with several of your other projects. Thanks for providing so much inspiration!

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  16. I love all of your projects! You are so creative!

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  17. How do you keep the "still-damp/flexible" gelatin from curling and rumpling in the center? Should they be stiffer? Thicker? What am I doing wrong? It seems to fun and easy -- but they are not overly pretty??

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    1. Hi Anon! I did get some curling while the gelatin was drying. After it dried completely I just put the sheets under a heavy book for a few days :)

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  18. Thanks for sharing these ideas! We followed your directions and I did a blog post showing our work. http://motherofdiscussion.blogspot.com/2012/07/rainbows-in-our-windows.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Toady Mama!

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  19. So glad I found this site, wonderful ideas!

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  20. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com

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  21. This is so cool. Do they melt if they are hung by a window in the summer???

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  22. Aleacia, these are just beautiful! Pinning to my Rainbow board. Thanks!

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  23. Did you seriously make stained glass windows out of gelatin? Did you make your own plastic??? It is all gorgeous stuff- as always- and so unique. I swear I see totally new stuff every time I visit your blog, Aleacia!!!

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  24. how does this 'plastic' hold up to moisture and humidity?

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    1. The gelatin will dissolve if it gets wet. Where I live (in the south) it's fairly humid but I haven't had any problems with humidity besides longer drying time

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  25. I am so unbelievably in love with these projects! You are awesome! My little ones are enamored with light and color, so this would be something they would totally dig! Thank you for the amazing inspiration!

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