Tissue Paper Suncatcher Craft in Embroidery Hoop Frame
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Tissue Paper Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoops


How to make tissue paper suncatchers with embroidery hoop frames. This is a simple and beautiful suncatcher craft for kids and adults alike.

How to Make a Tissue Paper Suncatcher in an Embroidery Hoop Frame

Did you see the tissue paper suncatchers I shared on Instagram earlier this week? We love them! And are planning to make more so that there is one hanging in each of the six windows of our art studio. (Three to go…)

You know me and suncatchers. I’ve joked at various times that this is actually a suncatcher blog since we make so many of them.

But why not?!

Suncatchers combine color and light so beautifully!

I get excited about them the way I imagine some people get excited about shoes. I wear the same pair of comfortable shoes every day. But I’ll try every suncatcher idea I can think of, matching the suncatcher to the season or the holiday and experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Which brings us back to the current lovely favorite…

Tissue paper suncatchers on wax paper in an embroidery hoop frame.* They were fun to make and look beautiful in the window. Here’s how we did it…

*You can also do this with a paper plate frame and I’ll include that variation below.

Tissue Paper Suncatcher Craft in Embroidery Hoop Frame

Tissue Paper Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames

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How to make a tissue paper suncatcher with an embroidery hoop frame

Suncatcher Instructions

First, glue a sheet of wax paper to one side of the embroidery hoop with the hot glue gun. Or, if you have more time and patience, just use some regular glue.

Trim off the extra wax paper with a utility knife or with scissors.

Note: If you want to use a paper plate instead of an embroidery hoop, simply cut out the center of the plate and glue a circle of wax paper to cover the opening.

Brush watered down glue to the wax paper and apply torn or cut pieces of colored tissue paper. Brush more glue over the top of the tissue paper.

Daphne working on a tissue paper suncatcher

Making suncatchers in serious business.

Daphne working on a tissue paper suncatcher

(I love how Daphne is perched on the stool in this photo with her bath-puckered feet tucked under her!)

How to make tissue paper suncatchers

Continue gluing on the colored tissue paper in any design you like, random or otherwise, until you are happy with it.

Daphne working on a tissue paper suncatcher

Daphne decided that her suncatcher was lacking in colored feathers and arranged a rainbow of them around the perimeter.

Tissue paper suncatchers in embroidery hoop frames

She also glued a single googly eye to the center and added glitter (because googly eyes and glitter make everything more fun).

Tissue paper suncatchers with feathers and glitter

We let the suncatchers dry overnight then tied a loop of string at the top and hung them in the art room windows.

Here’s Daphne’s above.

Tissue Paper Suncatcher in Embroidery Hoop Frame

And Maia’s. She also added feathers and glitter as well as tiny glass beads.

Tissue Paper Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames

And here’s my plain Jane suncatcher.

Tissue paper suncatchers hanging in the windows

The suncatchers look great in the studio windows! They look pretty good from the outside, too.

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How to make tissue paper suncatchers with embroidery hoop frames. This is a simple and beautiful suncatcher craft for kids and adults alike.

Tissue Paper Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoops


  • Reply
    February 18, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I love this idea so simple great for those days when you don’t have much planned or a quiet activity to do for calmness. I agree the glitter and googling eye finishes everything :-)

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    February 18, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful! I love the photo of your daughter sitting on the stool focusing all her energies on her art project! Nothing cuter than bare little kids feet!

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    February 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    i am always looking for new ways to incorporate my grandmas quilting hoops.

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    March 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    We used clear sticky book cover plastic in the place of wax paper and glue – :)

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    March 23, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Thank you SO much for sharing this post and brilliant idea! Your blog is such an inspiration and I get a lot if your art ideas to work with about 15 children in a virtues class we have at home. I’ll sure be trying these tissue sun catchers when learning about radiance! ;) God bless you and thank you for your generosity in sharing all your wonderful artsy ideas.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      March 23, 2016 at 5:54 am

      I’m so glad you like this post and the other ideas I share, Paola! I hope you and the kids in your class enjoy making these suncatchers!

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    April 23, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Hello! I teach an art program at a yoga studio and would love to do this project with my kids! Would it be ok if I used the photo that is on your website as an example of the final product? thank you!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 24, 2018 at 5:07 am

      Absolutely, Jamie! I always ask that people credit The Artful Parent when sharing a photo or idea from here, so as long as you say where the photo/project is from (name of site and URL is best), that’s fine with me. Thanks for asking! And I’m glad you like the project!

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    August 4, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Hi, may I use contact paper for this instead of wax paper? I love this project!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      August 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      Absolutely, Liora! Simply skip the glue step.

      Glad you like this project!

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