These suncatchers seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the floral explosion going on around us.
Daphne’s already picking flowers for us several times a day and delivering them to us at desks, tables, or in our pockets. I usually transfer these sweet gifts to water, but decided it was time we made suncatchers with flowers.
This Easter egg suncatcher craft combines two of our favorite spring suncatchers…
Easter Egg Suncatcher Craft with Flower Petals
- Spring flowers and leaves
- Transparent contact paper (also called sticky-back plastic)
- Washi tape (optional)
1. First, gather flowers for your suncatchers…
Daphne and I picked flowers from around our garden as well as a few from a neighborhood walk. If spring hasn’t quite caught up with you yet, you could use a purchased bouquet or try the colored tissue paper Easter egg suncatcher for now.
2. Tape a piece of contact paper sticky side up, on your table.
3. Draw a large egg shape on the contact paper with a marker. We used a black Sharpie, but you could use any marker.
4. Press flower petals, spring leaves, and small, thin flowers to the sticky plastic. You can use the flower petals to create a design within your Easter egg or place them randomly.
Note: We usually use flower petals instead of the whole flower because they are less likely to decay. If you use a whole flower, especially a large or thick flower, it seems to decay quicker. Either way, these suncatchers are ephemeral and the flowers will fade and even decay over time.
5. Press a second sheet of contact paper over your completed design.
6. Trim off the excess contact paper around the Easter egg, leaving about a half inch margin around your drawn line.
7. Add a border around your Easter egg suncatcher with printed washi tape or with regular masking tape. I mostly did this part as it was tricky for Daphne to make the curves.
The washi tape extended over the edge of the suncatcher. In the past, I turned the suncatcher over and made a second pass with the washi tape (and then hung the suncatcher with a ribbon) but this time I chose to leave the washi tape as it was and used it to adhere the suncatcher directly to the window.
I’m trying to decide if all my photo taking is a bad influence or a good influence now that Daphne is taking pictures of in-progress and completed art projects. She’s using a a camera that we got her for Christmas—a VTech Kidizoom digital camera. She loves it but it doubles as a digital game center, which I didn’t realize when I bought it, so I’m not quite as thrilled.
But the photo taking is awfully cute!
Here’s Daphne’s suncatcher hanging in the window above a lovely smelling hyacinth and a bowl of melted crayon resist Easter eggs.
And here’s my flowery Easter egg suncatcher.
Do you have spring flowers yet where you live? If so, here are some more fun ideas for creating with them… (As well as another Easter egg suncatcher using alternate materials if you don’t have flowers yet.)
More Ideas for Spring and Easter Suncatchers
- Easter Egg Suncatcher Craft (with ribbons, lace, and colored tissue paper)
- Flower Mandala Suncatcher
- Flower Stained Glass
- Flower Art Box
- Flower Fairy Wings
- Stained Glass Flower Crowns
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