Kids Crafts {Sun Catcher}

If you are like me, you’re looking at the calendar and realizing that you are going to have kids home with on Monday. And I know I’m going to need something for them to do! Which start my craft wheels spinning. And on these dreary days of winter, I think we all need a little bit of light in our lives! Enter the sun catcher.

This craft is super easy and lots of fun! I did this craft with kids from ages 3-10 and all loved it! Let me show you how…

Gather some various colors of tissue paper, some contact paper, and a bit of cardstock or construction paper.

Decide on the shape you want your sun catcher to be. I chose to make a boy and a girl. If you have an electronic cutter and Sure Cuts A Lot you are welcome to download my files (Boy and Girl). But you certainly don’t need to do that. You could also hand cut a frame in any shape (heart, star, sun, etc). Once you have your shape cut a piece of contact paper larger than your shape. Peel off the wax paper and lay the contact paper sticky side up. Place your frame on your contact paper.

Begin ripping small pieces of tissue paper and sticking it on the contact paper. Try to keep the tissue paper inside your frame.

Fill in the entire shape with tissue paper. It’s ok if the paper overlaps a bit, but try to keep it in a single layer as much as possible.

Cut a second piece of contact paper about the same size as your first. Not necessary to be exact, just close. Peel off the wax paper.

Place the second sheet of contact paper on top of your sun catcher. Smooth it out and run your finger along the edges to get a good seal.

Trim around the edge of your shape. Be sure that you leave a bit of contact paper around the edge (don’t cut all the way up against the frame) to maintain your seal.

Then tape your lovely sun catcher in your window and oooh and ahhh collectively! My boys both loved this project and I bet your kids will too!

Got any other fun kids craft project ideas? Share with us in the comments so we all have ideas to choose from this President’s Day! 🙂


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  1. Posted February 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    My girls would love this! We only have paper snowflakes in our windows right now. Something like this will definitely add some color!

    • Posted February 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

      It really is super easy and fun! And the beautiful color is my favorite part!

  2. Amber
    Posted August 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I tried to get the cut out of your boy and girl template it says not found not available /:

    • Posted September 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      I’m so sorry that the file didn’t work for you! Unfortunately I made these on an old computer and no longer have the file available. Sorry!

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