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Tissue Paper Suncatcher Craft Project for Toddlers and Children

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

Easy suncatcher project for toddlers

Easy suncatcher project for toddlers

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:

  1. Without a border
  2. With a border

I have provided step by step instructions for both. Have fun!

Use the supplies and instructions below to create a borderless suncatcher with your child.

Use the supplies and instructions below to create a borderless suncatcher with your child.

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.

These are the supplies used to create a borderless suncatcher with your toddler.

These are the supplies used to create a borderless suncatcher with your toddler.

Supplies

  • Clear contact paper
  • Tissue paper in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch

Tip

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.

This contact paper is ready to use.

This contact paper is ready to use.

Step 1: Cut out two sheets of contact paper, roughly the same size. Don't worry about the wrinkles. They get smoothed out and disappear.

Prepare the contact paper.

Prepare the contact paper.

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Step 2: 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.

Start applying the tissue paper.

Step 3: Start applying the tissue paper. 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 the design with contact paper.

Cover the design with contact paper.

Step 4: Now, cover the design 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.

Decide on a shape.

Step 5: 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 the shape.

Cut out the shape.

Step 6: 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.

Punch a hole and hang it up. There you have it—a cute suncatcher craft.

Punch a hole and hang it up. There you have it—a cute suncatcher craft.

Step 7: 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.

You can also create a suncatcher with a construction paper border.

You can also create a suncatcher with a construction paper border.

Suncatcher With a Border

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.