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How to Make Autumn Leaf Suncatcher with Paper Plates

by Jean Van't Hul
July 2, 2021

Try this simple and beautiful autumn leaf suncatcher craft activity for kids using fall leaves, flowers and paper plates.

Updated August 2021

We had so much fun making these leaf suncatchers with autumn leaves, chrysanthemums, and zinnias.

This is just the beginning of some autumn crafts with fall leaves that we have planned for the Fall!

We’ve made these so many times before and just used contact paper, but the paper plates work so well as frames for the suncatchers! The frame sets the leaves off nicely and offers a further canvas for decorating.

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How To Make an Autumn Leaf Suncatcher



  1. Create your suncatcher frame

    Begin by making a frame for your Autumn leaf suncatcher by cutting a hole in the paper plate.

    creating a paper plate frame for suncatcher

  2. Add a center of transparent contact paper

    Lay the frame over the contact paper and trace circles to fit over the opening (overlapping the paper plate by about half an inch).

  3. Press leaves and petals to the sticky contact paper

    Arrange the leaves and Fall flower petals on the sticky side of the contact paper. You can make an abstract design, a mandala, or anything you’d like!

    leaves in nature suncatcher

    *Optional: you can decorate your paper plate frame with markers, if you’d like!

  4. Cover your design with more contact paper

    Add another circle of contact paper over the top to protect and hold the nature design in place.

  5. Hang up your Autumn leaf suncatcher!

    Punch a hole at the top of the frame and tie a loop of yarn for hanging.

    fall leaf suncatchers

The circular format is perfect for mandalas, like the flower petal ones we’ve made before, but for these, we didn’t create the concentric designs. Just abstract arrangements of fall leaves and flowers to bring a touch of the season indoors.

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Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies

Download our FREE printable idea list of 30 autumn activities for kids & families! Or check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for fall!

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