Make a Contact Paper Suncatcher with Flower Petals

Contact Paper Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

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Making a Contact Paper Suncatcher with Flower Petals

Earlier this week I came across a wall of decorative wooden frames at Michael’s and immediately thought of using one for a contact paper suncatcher.

Sort of like a permanent window display for a changing display of suncatcher art over time.

Can’t you see it?

A flower petal suncatcher one month and a colored tissue paper suncatcher the next? Then when fall rolls around, the suncatcher will be a gorgeous window display of Autumn leaves. And in winter, it will be the perfect place for showcasing coffee filter snowflakes.

Decorative Wooden Frames

Anyway… I was so excited by the idea that I bought one of the larger wooden frames. It was $7.99 but I had a 40% off coupon on the Michael’s app on my phone so it ended up being remarkably inexpensive.

Here’s how we made the suncatcher, plus more ideas for changing out the suncatcher artwork over time…

Make a Flower Petal Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

Contact Paper Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

MATERIALS

  • A decorative wooden frame (you can find them in the wood craft section of the chain arts and crafts supply stores)
  • Transparent contact paper / sticky back plastic (you can find this with the shelf liner paper at the grocery store or drug store)
  • Stapler (optional)
  • Flowers and leaves
  • Ribbon or string

INSTRUCTIONS

Materials for a Contact Paper Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

1. Cut a piece of contact paper to fit the frame, large enough to overlap part of the wood.

2. Attach the contact paper to the frame. Here’s how I did it :: Pull the paper backing off the contact paper and lay it on the table, sticky side up. Position the wood frame over the contact paper and press down. Turn the whole thing over carefully and run your fingers around the edge, making sure the contact paper is adhered to the frame. If you like, you can staple it in each corner, although I didn’t.

Make a Contact Paper Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

3. Press flower petals to the sticky contact paper in any arrangement desired.

Adding flower petals to a contact paper suncatcher

Daphne added flower petals and leaves from pansies, periwinkle, creeping phlox, dafodils, grape hyacinth, and more. (And Maia joined in after a while.)

Pressing the top layer of contact paper on a suncatcher

4. When the flower petal design is finished, press a second sheet of the contact paper over the flowers.

Make an Easy Spring Flower Suncatcher with Contact Paper

5. Tie a ribbon to both corners of the wood frame and hang in the window. I hung ours in our large picture window with a suction cup hook to hold it in place. You could also hang from a hook above a window.

A Flower Petal Contact Paper Suncatcher Hanging in the Window

I love it! The kids love it!

Flower Fairy Suncatcher with Contact Paper

Maia’s asking if we can get another wooden frame to make another suncatcher. And we might. I think she wants to make a scene with some of her flower fairies

As much as we love flower petal suncatchers and continue to make them, the flowers fade and decay over time. After two weeks or so, they don’t look as fresh. And so we’ll pull the contact paper suncatcher off the wood frame and add a new sheet of sticky contact paper to create a new suncatcher.

Maybe another nature suncatcher or maybe something completely different, such as colored tissue paper or colored film.

Here are some contact paper suncatcher ideas that would work with these wood frames.

6 Contact Paper Suncatchers

  1. Flower petal suncatchers (as here)
  2. Autumn leaves suncatchers
  3. Tissue paper stained glass
  4. Stained glass with colored film (index dividers)
  5. Lace, ribbon, washi tape, string
  6. Suncatcher with mosaic tiles

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How to Make an Easy Flower Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Barbara
    March 31, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    This is a wonderful project. My Grand Daughter loves flowers, sticks and plants. We will definitely be making this when I get a few more blooms to work with. I’d like to share this with the grandmothers on my blog. I already have you on my blogroll but, with your permission, I’m going to paste your picture with a link back for details.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      March 31, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Glad you like this project, Barbara! Hope you and your granddaughter enjoy it. And yes, absolutely, you’re welcome to share a photo and link on your blog anytime. :)

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    Ann
    March 31, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I love those wooden frames! What a great find. My daughter would love this activity, she’s 4,5 and so very proud of all of her creations. Finding a way to really showcase her artwork makes her very happy so this will surely be a win!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 1, 2015 at 6:10 am

      Aren’t the frames great? I hope your daughter enjoys this project as much as my kids did!

  • Reply
    Katy
    April 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    My two younger sisters are going to love doing this project! I love all of the ideas you come up with on this site! Thank you :)

  • Reply
    Lucie
    April 8, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Hi. How long it will remain so. Won´t it go moldy? It looks great. I´d like to try it with kids :)

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    Nell Regan Kartychok
    May 17, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I love the wood frame you found for your flower suncatcher — such a fantastic idea! I’m linking this post to one I have written as another amazing way to make a suncatcher. Thanks for your beautiful work!

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    Amanda
    October 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    My kids (4 yrs and 18 months) collected flowers from our garden today and did this project. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful inspiration! I’d love to share my photos, but not sure how.

  • Reply
    melissa
    March 24, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Do the flowers disintegrate or go mouldy?

  • Reply
    afol
    October 20, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Great idea!

  • Reply
    Leigh Ann Lichty
    April 17, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Do you think it would help to press or dry the petals first? Would the color stay longer?

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