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Autumn Suncatchers :: Kids Crafts with Fall Leaves

Fall Leaf Suncatchers

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

This is just the beginning of some autumn crafts with fall leaves that we have planned once this book is out the door!

How To Make Leaf Suncatchers

The paper plates work so well as frames for the suncatchers!

I wish I had thought of this idea years ago. We’ve been taping ours to the windows forever. But this way, I can just hang them from a hook.

And of course, the frame sets them off nicely and offers a further canvas for decorating (Maia and Daphne both drew on theirs with markers).


The center is made from transparent Con-Tact paper. Click through to this post on flower mandala suncatchers to see photos of how I cut and attach it to the paper plates.


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

Fall Leaf Suncatchers

And now, my dears, I must scootch back to the book. Only a few more days and I will send it off!


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  • Reply
    September 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    This is very cute! I’m new to crafting – wondering if the center is made of something special? Would appreciate any help, thanks.

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    September 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Is that wax paper in the center and do u iron it? How do u get it adhered to the plate?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    The center is transparent Con-Tact paper. Sorry I didn’t mention that! We’ve been making so many contact paper suncatchers over the years, I sometimes forget that it’s not something everyone does all the time!
    You can buy it at the grocery store or drugstore — in the aisle with the adhesive shelf paper. Just make sure to get the transparent kind!

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    September 27, 2011 at 10:31 am


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    The Outlaw Mom
    September 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I love all of your suncatcher ideas! Thanks for sharing this one :-) So happy fall is finally here!

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    Heather @ Life Gluten Free
    September 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    So cute! love it! will have to try it :)

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    Jessica Flowers
    September 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I like the frames – a nice new touch! Now if only I lived in a place where we actualyl got to experience fall! (It’s 108 degrees outside right now!) on another note, I’ve been meaning to ask you, Jean, about self-imposed perfection in art. My 3 year old has started critiquing his own drawings to the point that he is so frusterated he cannot finish anything. He will draw and erase or draw and start over, and over, and over.. . . Stating that he “doesn’t like that bump” or “that line is all wrong”. I am concerned and don’t know where he got this behavior (we always talk about how there are no mistakes in art) or how to get him past this stage. Any suggestions?

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    September 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    So is it 2 sheets of the paper for the center….Or how did u do the center?

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    September 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    They are fantastic! I love them. x

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    Science Sparks
    September 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

    What a great idea!

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    September 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I can’t wait to try this with my little one, but first we need the leaves to turn in our neck of the woods.

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    September 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Do you press the flower petals before you make them into suncatchers? How long do you press them for? They are so beautiful and I was thinking of make this the craft that we do at my daughter’s 4th birthday party about a week from now. But the thought of pressing enough flowers for a roomful of little ones. . . !

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Hmm. Perhaps try redirecting him for a while to a different kind of art (that he might not have the same level of self-imposed perfection with). Try a more play-based art or action art, like splatter painting, marble rolling, spin art, using wheels or rollers, etc. Or a more sculptural art such as with playdough or clay or building with boxes or popsicle sticks. Or making a game out of art (and imperfection). Like maybe putting on a blindfold and seeing if you can draw without looking at the paper.
    Let me know how it goes!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Yep. First one circle of contact paper attached to the paper plate. Add the leaves and flowers to the sticky side of that contact paper. Then, cut out another circle of contact paper and attach it to the first leaf-covered contact paper, sticky side down. So it ends up being a sandwich with two sheets of contact paper, sticky sides together, and leaves and flowers in between the two sheets of contact paper. Make sense?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Or try it with whatever is in season where you are!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

    We didn’t press them first. Just picked them and turned them into suncatchers. It would be a great party activity! They can even pick their own flowers! That said, they won’t last forever. The flowers and leaves do fade (and sometimes decay) after a week or so. But they are glorious until then. And we even like the faded suncatchers in our home. They are more subtle but still beautiful.

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    Karen G.
    August 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I also want to suggest reading the books Ish & the Dot by Peter Reynolds (can get at the library) w/ your child. The books teach kids to not have to be “perfect” in their art. My son is the same way & loves these books. They have helped. (:

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