This month the famous Tour de France bicycle race starts. What better way to celebrate than to make this Tour de France Sun Catcher. It’s a really simple craft, and even very little ones can get involved with the sticking. We also used it as an excuse to look and learn about the exciting race, winning the yellow jersey and the colours of the French flag.
Bostik are one of the proud sponsors of the event, so it came as no surprise that the box of crafty loveliness we received this month for being part of the Bostik Blogger team had a Tour de France theme.
The box of craft supplies offered lots of inspiration and we had so many ideas from making collages, flags, banners and bunting. However we decided on this Tour de France Sun Catcher, inspired by the paper plates and colourful tissue paper, as well as our recent spell of lovely sunny weather.
The sun catcher is based on a bicycle wheel, with brightly coloured tissue paper between the ‘spokes’ to represent the French flag.
So if you want to have a go at making your own Tour de France Sun Catcher, then read on for the full tutorial or pin it for later!
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What You Will Need
- Paper Plates
- Black poster paint and paintbrush
- Tissue paper
- Bostik Fine and Wide Glu Pen
How to Make Your Tour de France Sun Catcher
- First you need to paint the rim of 3 paper plates with black poster paint to represent the ‘tyres’. You can just use one or two if you like, they still look just as effective (and as my daughter pointed out, bikes only have two wheels!).
- When dry find the middle of the plates and draw 3 lines through the middle, segmenting the plate into 6. Cut out the triangles either side of the lines, leaving enough of the plate between to represent the ‘spokes’ of the wheel.
- Stick tissue paper triangles to the back of the paper plate across the cut out sections using Bostik Glu Pen. We used blue, white and red to represent the colours of the French flag. Just remeber if you want them it that order, when you are sticking to the back of the plate you need to do it in reverse.
- Once all the glue is dry you can connect your plates. We used a hole punch to make a hole in the rim or ‘tyre’ of the plates. We then used some thread and some pretty tricolour beads that were in the box for extra decoration.
- That’s it, all done ready to hang in the window and catch the sun!
So what do you think of our Tour de France Sun Catcher? For more inspiration and ideas on other Tour de France inspired crafts, check out our Pinterest board!
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