Suncatcher Craft Project for Toddlers
A quick poll
Have you saved every craft your child has ever made?
If you are anything like me, you love the craft projects made for you by your kids or grandkids. I have big boxes in my basement that are filled to the brim with projects done over the years.
Well here is another craft project that you can add to your collection. It's a super easy suncatcher that is perfect for toddlers or, for that matter, kids of any age.
What I really like about this suncatcher project is that it can be proudly displayed in any window or on any wall. Your kids will love seeing their artwork prominently displayed and, when the sun shines through, your room will immediately brighten up.
This project can be done a couple of different ways:
- Without a border
- With a border
I have provided step by step instructions for both. Have fun!
Instructions for a suncatcher without a border
The following instructions are for a quick and easy suncatcher without a border. You'll find a list of the supplies you need, along with step by step photos and instructions.
Supplies for your suncatcher
Need contact paper?
- Clear contact paper
- Tissue paper in various colors
- Hole punch
- Construction paper - needed only for the suncatchers with borders
Tips: Use really bold colored tissue paper. Pastels tend to look pale and washed out when the sun shines through them. Left in a window with bright sunshine, the colors in these suncatchers will fade, so hang in a window that does not get direct sunlight.
Assembling your suncatcher
Cut out two sheets of contact paper, roughly the same size. Don't worry about the wrinkles. They get smoothed out and disappear.
Preparing the contact paper
Peel off the back of one sheet of the contact paper. Lay the non-sticky side down, leaving the sticky side facing up.
Start applying the tissue paper
Tissue paper tip
I like to let kids tear their own pieces of paper. They have more fun and it helps them develop fine motor skills.
Have your toddler tear off small pieces of tissue paper and stick them on the contact paper.
If you prefer, cut out small shapes that are ready to use.
Cover with contact paper
Remove the backing off of the remaining sheet of contact paper and carefully place the sticky side on top of the tissue paper, facing the tissue paper.
Use care when doing this step. I usually start at one end, and slowly smooth the paper down from one end to the other, pushing out air bubbles along the way.
Decide on a shape
Have your child decide on a shape. If they are able, have them sketch the shape out. If not, sketch it for them.
Cut out your shape
The finished product!
If your toddler is working on his or her cutting skills then let them try cutting it out with toddler scissors. If they are not ready then cut it out for them.
Make sure to cut inside the marked line so that the markings don't show on the suncatcher.
Using the hole punch, put a hole in the top and thread a piece of yarn through it. Tie the ends of the yarn together and presto, you have a lovely suncatcher.
Instructions for a suncatcher with a border
Need tissue paper?
Adding a border adds a little stability and color to this suncatcher. It is simple to do and you need the same supplies you did in the borderless project.
The only other supply you'll need is some construction paper.
Just a few additional steps need to be completed to add a border to the suncatcher. The first two steps remain the same. Once the prepared contact paper is laying, non-sticky side down on the table, you are ready for the next steps.
Preparing the border
Fold a sheet of construction paper in half and cut out your shape, in this case a heart.
Then cut out the the center of the shape, leaving about a half an inch border. Use care not to cut through the border.
Unfold the shape.
Prepare for the tissue paper
Unfold the cut out shape and carefully adhere the shape to the contact paper, smoothing out the edges.
Finish up the suncatcher
Have your toddler tear off pieces of tissue paper and stick them on the contact paper. Don't worry if they overlap onto the cut out border, like in the picture. Just hang that side against the window and you won't be able to see it.
Once done, remove the backing off of the second sheet of contact paper and carefully place it on top of the tissue paper, sticky side facing the tissue paper.
Smooth down, removing any air bubbles that may appear.
Carefully cut out the shape, around the outside of the border.
You now have a lovely craft done by your favorite toddler! Hang it in the window for everyone to see.
Stained glass is a form of a suncatcher.
The earliest known example of colored glass in windows was unearthed in a monastery in England and dates back to 686 AD.
Since then the use of colored glass has grown steadily and is now seen in decorative windows throughout the world.
A fun craft for toddlers
These tissue paper suncatchers are the ideal craft for toddlers and can be done by older children as well.
I have done this craft at home with my daughter, and with sunday school classes ranging in ages 3 to 13. Everyone enjoyed it and took home a special memento for their families.
Try it the next time the rain doesn't seem to want to stop, or during those long hot days of summer when no one wants to be outside.
Tissue paper suncatchers
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