Suncatchers are some of my favorite crafts. Especially for Fall because of the beautiful colors and the way the sun comes through the window. Today we are sharing a gorgeous and fun-to-make Fall Leaf Suncatcher craft to do with the kids!
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Fall is in full swing around here, and this week we’ve been learning about leaves! I’ve been wanting to make Fall leaf suncatchers with the kids for a while now, so I was really excited to make these. I think they turned out really pretty. Especially when they are put in the window to catch the autumn light. We have had them up in the window for a few days now, and I love the festive vibe it brings. Especially as the leaves are finally starting to change around here!
To make your Fall Leaf Suncatchers:
- wax paper
- paint (we used Crayola Washable Paints)
- permanent marker
- found leaves from outside, or this leaves printable
- clear scotch tape
- Lay out wax paper. The amount you use depends on how many leaves you want to make. If you’re making leaves using the 4 leaf shapes in the printable, you’ll want 20 inches of wax paper.
- Next, use the paint to make spots or “blobs” all over the wax paper. I say “blobs” because you’ll want to make sure there will be enough paint on the wax paper to “smush” and spread in the later steps.
- Keep going! We found that this worked best with a lot of dots.
- Now, fold the panted wax paper in half length-wise (so if you used a width of 20 inches, it will not be 10 inches wide).
- Now comes the fun part of the kids! It’s time to press your paint dots between the wax paper. My four year old calls this “smash and bash” but I need to remind him not to be too rough so the wax paper doesn’t tear. Experiment with different ways to press the paint between the wax paper to spread it out. We found the best way was to put a heavy book on top of the wax paper and then sit on it!
- After the paint is pressed, leave the wax paper folded and let dry completely.
- Use the leaves you found from outside as a template, or cut out the leaves from this printable, put them on the wax paper, and trace around them with a permanent marker. I held them down while tracing, but it may be helpful to tape them down to keep them still.
- After tracing, cut the leaves out.
- Now they are ready to put in the window. Choosing a spot where the sunlight comes in will have the best results. I used clear scotch tape to hold our leaves onto the glass.
- Enjoy your festive fall leaf suncatchers!
Looking for more leaf activities?
This week we have been learning about leaves. We did a Leaf Shapes nature walk activity as part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Check it out to see what we did, along with 20+ other great activities for kids!