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!
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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!
Printed Leaf Template
Kite paper or tissue paper
Clear Contact paper
Construction paper or cardboard
Fall Leaf Suncatcher Craft Instructions
Let’s get started! Begin by printing out the free leaf template.
Cut out the leaf shape
Trace the outline of the leaf onto your construction paper and cut out the inside of your leaf shape.
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)
Hang in a sunny window and enjoy the warm autumn colors of your beautiful suncatcher!
I hope you enjoy this fun autumn craft and the beautiful fall colors all around!
- Printed Leaf Template
- Kite paper or tissue paper
- Clear Contact paper
- Construction paper or cardboard
- Print leaf template
- Cut out leaf shape
- Trace the outline of your leaf onto construction paper.
- Cut out the inside of your leaf shape
- Place a piece of contact paper onto the back of your construction paper leaving the sticky side up.
- Place your tissue paper onto the sticky side of the contact paper in whatever pattern you like!
- Once your contact paper is covered in tissue paper, layer another piece of contact paper on top to seal your suncatcher.
- Finish cutting out your leaf leaving about a one inch border.
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Other autumn activities you might enjoy:
- Acorn Craft for Kids
- Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt
- Thanksgiving “I am thankful for” Turkey
- Thanksgiving Scattergories