Simply Gorgeous Autumn Leaf Suncatchers


Simple Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

Okay, my friends. I could rave about the beauty of Autumn leaves (and my obsession with them) for-eh-ver. You know that. But I’ve already done that in at least every other post this past month, so I’ll spare you.

Instead, 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.

First, before I get into how to make these easy autumn leaf suncatchers, I want to remind you of how autumn leaves catch and filter the sunlight so beautifully in nature.

Autumn Leaf Suncatchers in Nature

See? Just gorgeous, huh?

These are just a few of the photos I’ve taken in the last week or so, both in our local botanical garden and up on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The perfect autumn leaf suncatcher

And here’s a close up of a single, stunning leaf with the sun shining through it.

I told you I wouldn’t rave about the beauty of autumn leaves any more, but I guess I lied.

You can see why they work so well for nature suncatchers, though, right? So let’s get started…

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.

Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

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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.

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

Punch Hearts from Autumn Leaves

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

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.

Beautiful Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

Hang in a sunny window and admire!

I just taped our suncatchers to the window this time but sometimes punch holes in the top and add a ribbon for hanging.

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.

More Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

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More Fall Crafts for Kids

If you are looking for more fall crafts for kids, we have some great options for you! 

Jean put together 10 fall arts & crafts activity videos for her online art club, the KIDS ART SPOT, just for you! Get this fall arts & crafts workshop for just $9.99 with an added bonus of 10 fall-themed drawing prompts to inspire creative drawing and thinking!

Check out our list of 30 Creative September Activities for Kids, and don’t forget to save the printable list.

And for suggestions for autumn arts & crafts supplies, please visit The Artful Parent’s Fall themed Amazon list. Here you will find all kinds of resources and activities to get your family creating easy & fun crafts for fall!

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  • 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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