Instructions for a Make It & Bake It Sun Catcher

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Instructions for a Make It & Bake It Sun Catcher
Use a standard oven for Makit & Bakit crafts. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Makit & Bakit (Make It and Bake It) Sun Catchers, include baking crystals that melt in the oven to form translucent coloured sections inside a metal frame. Follow the instructions for a Makit & Bakit Sun Catcher to create beautiful decorations to hang in your windows at home or to give as gifts. The plastic crystals give off a harmless odour during baking. Use a standard kitchen oven in a well-ventilated room and keep the crystals away from the grill or open flame.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Oven
  • Baking tray
  • Aluminium foil
  • Teaspoon
  • Tweezers
  • String or ribbon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Heat a standard oven to 191 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Lay the baking tray flat on a firm surface. For best results, do not use an insulated baking tray. Tear off a piece of aluminium foil large enough to cover the baking tray. Lay the foil over the baking tray and fold it around the ends and sides to hold it securely in place.

  3. 3

    Lay the flat side of the sun catcher frame on the foil lined baking tray.

  4. 4

    Scoop up coloured baking crystals with a teaspoon and pour them into the sections of the frame, except the hanging hole. Fill each section with the desired colour with the edges even with the frame and a heap of crystals in the centre. Baking crystals shrink, so overfill the centre of each section. Use tweezers to add more crystals or move them around.

  5. 5

    Put the baking tray in the middle of the preheated oven. Bake 15 to 25 minutes until the crystals are smooth and look like glass. Colours may melt at different rates so keep the sun catcher in the oven until all the colours melt smoothly.

  6. 6

    Remove the baking tray and let it cool approximately 10 minutes. Peel away the foil from the back of the sun catcher. Note that it is normal for the plastic to make popping or crackling sounds while cooling.

  7. 7

    Tie a string or ribbon through the hanging hole and hang your sun catcher in a window.

Tips and warnings

  • Black and white coloured crystals stay opaque when baked.
  • Baking crystals are a choking hazard and not for use by children under 3 years of age.
  • Do not use a microwave or toaster oven.
  • Leave the hanging hole empty.

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