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How to Make Autumn Leaf Suncatchers


These beautiful autumn leaf suncatchers are made with transparent contact paper and fresh autumn leaves. Easy and gorgeous, this nature craft is for all ages.

Simple Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

Updated August 2021

One of our favorite things about this time of year is the beauty of Autumn leaves and all of the fun and beautiful crafts you can make with them.

Here’s a quick and easy suncatcher you can make with the autumn leaves around you. Or, if you don’t have autumn leaves where you live, flower petals or green foliage work as well.

The perfect autumn leaf suncatcher

Just looking at this leaf you can see why they work so well for nature suncatchers, right?

This activity is easy enough for the youngest toddlers (although they may spend as much time taking the leaves back off as they do putting them on) and gorgeous enough that you may want to make your own.

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Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

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Time needed: 30 minutes.


  1. Prep your contact paper

    Cut off a rectangular piece of contact paper. Fold it in half, then pull the paper covering off to the fold, exposing half of the sticky plastic.

  2. Add your leaves

    Arrange your autumn leaves on the sticky contact paper and press to adhere.

    If desired, use your hole punch to cut out heart (or other) shapes from leaves and add those to the suncatcher as well.

    Punch Hearts from Autumn Leaves

  3. Fold over your contact paper

    When you are satisfied with your design, remove the rest of the paper backing from the contact paper.

    Carefully fold it over the leaves, sandwiching them in between the two layers of plastic, and press down with your hands, avoiding air bubbles if possible.

  4. Enjoy!

    Hang in a sunny window and admire!

    You can tape your suncatchers to the window or punch holes in the top and add a ribbon for hanging.

    Beautiful Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

A note about the leaves : The fresh autumn leaves are beautiful, vibrant, and full of color which is one of the reasons we like to use them for these nature suncatchers every year (rather than pressed and dried autumn leaves). However, please note that they will lose some of their color over time and decay. Ours are usually enjoyed for about two weeks before we take them down.

Autumn Leaf Suncatchers in Nature

More Autumn Leaf Craft Ideas for Kids

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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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How to Make Autumn Leaf Suncatchers


  • Reply
    October 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    We made these yesterday after seeing your post on FB! My girls are leaf hoarders, so we had quite the selection to choose from and using punches made it even more fun. They turned out so pretty, and instead of sandwiching them between the contact paper, we just pressed the contact paper directly onto the window after they got their leaves in place. :-) Thank you for the lovely idea!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      October 31, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Wonderful! And we’ve done it that way, too! :)

  • Reply
    Logan, Jordyn, Kayla, and Hayley
    October 1, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Miss Jean, We LOVE this and are sharing it on our Facebook page… Thank you… the SwapShop sisters. (

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