Easy Fall Leaf Suncatchers

The leaves are finally changing and my kids are so excited to point out every bright and beautiful tree we pass on the street, which I hope is a wonder they never lose!  We’ve been stuffing our pockets with the most beautiful leaves on the sidewalk, so I figured we should do a fall craft to bring the beautiful colors of autumn inside.  These fall leaf suncatchers have been one of our favorite crafts this fall (and easiest) and shine bright on our front door bringing joy every time we see them!

three tissue paper leaf suncatchers hanging in the window

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This easy leaf suncatcher craft is a great fall craft for kids of all ages! My 3 and 4 year old enjoyed cutting the tissue paper and sprinkling it on, while an older child might enjoy creating a pattern with their tissue paper.  There is not a lot of prep that is needed for this project.  Older children will be able to cut out their leaf outline, while the younger children will need help initially cutting out their shape and then be free to create once their leaf shape is ready.  It is a simple craft and great activity for fall whether in your preschool classroom or at home! 

Materials

Printed leaf template linked later in this post

Kite paper or tissue paper

Clear contact paper

Scissors

Construction paper or cardboard

Fall Leaf Suncatcher Craft Instructions

Let’s get started! Begin by printing out the free leaf template linked at the bottom of this post.

Cut out the leaf shape

Trace the outline of the leaf onto your construction paper and cut out the inside of your leaf shape.

Outline of an oak leaf on construction paper
The inside of the oak leaf outline is cut out on construction paper

Place a piece of contact paper onto the back of your construction paper leaving the sticky side up.  

Place your tissue paper onto the contact paper in whatever design you would like! My kids enjoyed cutting the tissue paper and it was great way to practice their fine motor skills and scissor skills!  You could also pre cut tissue paper squares for them.  

Once you have your tissue paper arranged how you like, place another layer of contact paper on top to seal your sun catcher.  

Finish cutting out the border of your leaf – (Trust me, it’s much easier to wait to cut it out completely until both layers of contact paper have been placed, otherwise cutting the contact paper can get a little tricky)

scissors on a table sitting next to the oak leaf suncatcher
Completed oak leaf sun catcher cut out and sitting on the table

Hang in a sunny window and enjoy the warm autumn colors of your beautiful suncatcher!

A bright leaf tissue paper suncatcher hanging in the window

Your Free Printable Fall Leaf Suncatcher Template

You just need to complete the information in the box above and the leaf template for this craft will be sent to your inbox immediately. There will be a link within the email so you can download the PDF and print as you would like. This template is for classroom and personal use.

I hope you enjoy this fun autumn craft and the beautiful fall colors all around!

Fall Leaf Suncatchers

Fall Leaf Suncatchers

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A simple and fun fall craft for kids that brings the beautiful fall colors inside!

Materials

  • Printed Leaf Template
  • Kite paper or tissue paper
  • Clear Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper or cardboard

Instructions

  1. Print leaf template
  2. Cut out leaf shape
  3. Trace the outline of your leaf onto construction paper.
  4. Cut out the inside of your leaf shape
  5. Place a piece of contact paper onto the back of your construction paper leaving the sticky side up.
  6. Place your tissue paper onto the sticky side of the contact paper in whatever pattern you like!
  7. Once your contact paper is covered in tissue paper, layer another piece of contact paper on top to seal your suncatcher.
  8. Finish cutting out your leaf leaving about a one inch border.

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