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.
How To Make an Autumn Leaf Suncatcher
- Create your suncatcher frame
Begin by making a frame for your Autumn leaf suncatcher by cutting a hole in the paper plate.
- 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).
- 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!
*Optional: you can decorate your paper plate frame with markers, if you’d like!
- 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.
- Hang up your Autumn leaf suncatcher!
Punch a hole at the top of the frame and tie a loop of yarn for hanging.
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.
More Kids Crafts with Fall Leaves
- What to Do with Autumn Leaves: 11 Creative Ideas
- How to Preserve Fall Leaves and Create Mandala Leaf Art
- How to Make a Beautiful Fall Leaf Garland
- Autumn Leaves Stained Glass Window
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!
And be sure to check out our FALL family fun list in our Amazon store! It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts, autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn.
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