Friday, 24 April 2015

You are the Light of the World: Oil and Paper Suncatchers

This is an activity that can be done by children of all ages and is a great illustration of Christ's light shining thorugh us.

You will need: oil in small containers (I used vegetable oil), cotton buds, paper in various shapes.  Children might like to cut the paper in the shape of their initial or of something that speaks of their own personality.

Use cotton buds to 'paint' oil onto the paper in whatever designs the children like.  Children might want to write words about themselves or words about Jesus.

When the oil is dry, blu-tack the paper shapes to the window and let the light shine through the designs!

Talk with the children about being light in the world.  We let the light of Jesus shine through us through the things we do and say, just as the light shines through the patterns we made with the oil. 

You might like to create a group design on a larger sheet of paper, where children draw or write actions or words they can use to show the light of Jesus that shines in them.  As you hang it on the window, pray that other people will come to see that light!


  1. How long does it take the oil to dry? Are we talking about overnight or is this something that is possible to do within a session?

    1. It's really quick and you can definitely do it in a session. I had mine on the window in about 10 mins :-)