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Create this easy suncatcher craft using colored index dividers.

A Suncatcher craft made with index dividers

Do you remember how impressed I was with the Kiwi Crate we received last December—especially the suncatcher activity in it? I’ve been meaning to buy some colored film ever since, but haven’t, partly because I don’t know where to find it (anyone?) and partly out of sheer laziness.

However! When I came across this post about learning with light at Still Parenting (via Pinterest of course), I was thrilled at the colored shapes she made for her light table from cheap notebook dividers.

Thrilled because one of these days I will surely make us our own light table (I’ve only been saying that for the last three years).

And thrilled because the solution to my colored film search was presented to me on a platter.

Colorful, yet sheer, index dividers!

A suncatcher craft made with index dividers

How to Make a Suncatcher Craft with Index Dividers

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*Arianne (from Still Parenting) says she bought her notebook dividers at Kmart; I found mine at the dollar store. They both cost 2 bucks per packet.

Update :: We’ve since bought and used this colored cellophane from Discount School Supply as well as something similar from a local art supply store. The index dividers are sturdier and easier to use, though! Plus cheaper. :)

Suncatcher craft materials – scissors and cut pieces of index dividers


1. Cut dividers into small pieces

We took our scissors to our dividers, cutting them into small pieces for our suncatchers.

Girl cutting index divider

I cut long skinny strips for Daphne to work with (easier for her to cut into pieces).

Cutting index dividers for a suncatcher craft

And Maia put herself in charge of cutting out all the hearts.

Cutting index dividers for a suncatcher craft

2. Create design on contact paper.

We taped down our transparent contact paper and stuck our lovely bits of colored film to it.

A Suncatcher craft made with index dividers

3. Cover with second piece of contact paper.

After we finished our design, I laid a second sheet of contact paper (sticky side down) to seal our suncatcher craft. Then, I added a masking tape frame and hung them in the window.

Et voila! A lovely suncatcher for Valentine’s Day!

Although, of course, this suncatcher craft would be great for any holiday!

A suncatcher craft made with index dividers

I love them! And I love that I now know about a cheap, local source for colored film!


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  • Reply
    February 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

    what an awesome (and frugal) way of making a sun catcher! love it! we are all about the coffee filters here, but this is definitely something we will try. thanks for the inspiration !

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    Sarah M
    February 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

    very cute! This will be a fun idea for both of mine.
    Sarah M

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    February 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Now why didn’t I think of that. I actually have some of those dividers stashed away, left over from the beginning of the school year.

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    February 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    such a great idea to use dividers…perfect for our overhead projector projects…off to the office supply store for us!

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    February 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I love how the kids were involved in the project from start to finish, from cutting the film into pieces to designing their own masterpiece. The results are stunning in the window. Another one I’ll have to try with my kiddos. Thanks!!

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    February 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I love the concentration on Daphne’s face, so cute………..just went to the dollar store this morning, but guess I will be going back so I can do this project with Naomi, thanks as always!

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    February 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Beautiful craft!!!!

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    Sue Stirling
    February 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I love the creativity of some people!
    The idea of using the files is simply inspired!
    Thank you for sharing!

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    Kristen Stehli
    February 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I would love for you to come and link your blog to my new linky party. It can be a particular blog post of yours or just a link to your blog. Please come add your blog to the linky party now!! Thanks!

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    February 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Love how focused they are and what a sweet result. Have you found any contact paper that is PVC-free? It’s so useful and I love the suncatcher idea, but I keep worrying about the chemicals… both to produce it and with my young daughter handling it. Can’t find any leads though.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Jennifer, I haven’t looked for alternative’s to contact paper. Please let me know if you come across any! As it is, I’m not too concerned about my kids handling it the amount that they do. They don’t touch it much or for long. And it’s such a fun, versatile art material. I guess I worry more about other things.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for the invitation, Kristen!

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    February 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Did this with my daughter’s kindergarten class. A bit chaotic, but a lot of fun! Thanks for all the inspiration. Here is a link to the pic!

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    Melissa @ the chocolate muffin tree
    February 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm


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    February 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    If you’re still looking for something close to colored film, have you thought about lighting gels? You even may be able to get decent size scraps from a local/school theatre.

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