- 7 mesh plastic canvas sheets (red, orange, yellow, green,
blue, navy, and purple), one 10½x13½-in. sheet of each
color for every 22 children
- Black chenille stems, 1 per child
- Black mini pony beads, 27 per child
- “God Keeps His Promises” signs pattern
- Clear transparency sheets, 1 sheet for every 12 children
- Fishing swivel, 1 per child
Tools and Basic Supplies
- 1/4-in. hole punch
- Zippered baggies
- Starting with the long (13½-in.) sides, use scissors to cut
the canvas sheets into long strips cutting through every
4th row of squares. For each sheet, you should end up
with 22 strips that are 3 holes wide and 10½-in. long.
- Cut each of the strips in half and keep together in pairs.
- Photocopy the “God Keeps His Promises” signs pattern
onto transparency sheets. Then cut out the signs and
punch a hole near the top center of each, 1 per child.
- Place pairs of canvas strips (all 7 colors), a black chenille
stem, 27 mini pony beads, a "God Keeps His Promises"
sign, and a fishing swivel into zippered baggies, 1 per
Show the sample craft and say:
The rainbow wind catcher you’re making today is cool
because you can take it outside and hang it up, then
watch it twirl in the wind. What can it remind you of
when you see it? Take answers. Although people sometimes
use rainbows to represent things
other than God, the whole idea of the
rainbow came from God. He invented
rainbows and wants us to remember
Him when we see one in the sky.
Class Time Directions
- Make a loop at one end
of the black chenille stem,
but before closing the loop,
thread the spinner (fishing
swivel) onto the stem. Then
close the loop and twist the
end to secure it.
- Take a red canvas strip and
thread one end (center hole)
onto the chenille stem and
push it all the way down to the
loop you just made. Follow that
with a mini black pony bead.
- Thread the other red strip the
same way and follow with another pony bead.
- Continue this procedure with the two orange strips,
then yellow, green, blue, navy, and purple, making sure
to thread a mini black pony bead between each strip.
- After the last strip is threaded onto the chenille stem
(followed by a black pony bead), take the loose end of
the first red strip and thread it onto the chenille stem.
As always, follow with a pony bead.
- Continue this procedure with the rest of the strips,
in order, until both ends of all the strips have been
threaded onto the chenille stem. There won’t be a pony
bead after the last end is threaded.
- Now make a loop with the portion of the black stem
that remains, but before closing the loop, thread the
"God Keeps His Promises" sign onto the stem. Then
close the loop and twist the end to secure it. Now your
Rainbow Wind Catcher is ready to hang.
- To save a little time and money, use 6 colors of plastic
canvas instead of 7.
Super Simple Idea
Try the following Oriental Trading Company craft kit. (Call
1-800-875-8480 or visit www.orientaltrading.com.)
- “God Keeps His Promises” Rainbow Magnet Craft Kit
(IN-48/1326)—Manufacturer does not recommend this
for children under 3 years of age.