Make tissue paper stained glass sun catchers with your kids and fill the windows with colorful art that’s easily removed when you’re done.
Hello, I’m Keri. Over at Backyard Summer Camp, I’m collecting all the best simple kids’ crafts to help you plan summer at home with your family. Kids will love making these tissue paper stained glass sun catchers to put in the window. They’re the perfect craft for a rainy day indoors and will look amazing when the sun comes back out again!
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Summertime is all about running and playing outdoors. But on rainy days, it’s the best time to break out the craft supplies and see what you can create with your kids.
With a few supplies, you can make sun catchers to decorate every window. Use the same color combinations we did or choose your own.
And if you’re looking for more fun crafts to make with kids, try these summer snow globes next!
How To Make Tissue Paper Stained Glass Sun Catchers
Kids can make these in any size, shape, and color!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post.
Craft Tools Needed:
- Colorful tissue paper – We used pink, yellow, green, and teal
- Fellowes self-adhesive sheets
- White card stock
Tissue Paper Stained Glass Sun Catcher Step-by-Step Photos and Tips
You can make these sun catchers in any size or shape by sticking tissue paper to adhesive. After making a few of them, we have a few tips that will make craft time just a bit easier.
Choosing a clear adhesive sheet.
We purchased these self-adhesive sheets for an easy DIY laminating project without heat. They’re versatile and work for all kinds of projects, like flashcards, bookmarks, and anything else you want to be more durable. For the sun catchers, you could also use clear contact paper instead.
Planning the sun catcher design.
Stained glass windows come in all kinds of patterns and colors, so there’s no wrong way to plan yours. Some kids may want to plan it all out ahead of time or have an adult help with the straight lines. They can also just make it up as they go! Look for images of stained glass and other art for inspiration.
Getting the outlines ready.
These self-adhesive sheets are very sticky. To avoid the edges getting paper, dust, and fingerprints stuck to them, use pieces of the peel-off backing to cover them. For younger kids, you may want to use washi tape to stick the sheet to a table so it doesn’t move around while they add the tissue paper.
Cutting or tearing tissue paper.
You can use large pieces of tissue paper and tear along the edges as I did. You could also cut the paper into small half-inch squares or have kids tear it into small pieces.
Tissue Paper Stained Glass Sun Catchers
- 4 sheets tissue paper assorted colors
- 1 piece self-adhesive sheets
- 1 sheet card stock white
- Prep the frame.Start by centering a piece of card stock on the adhesive sheet (with the sticky side still covered). Leave a half-inch border around the card stock; cut out the center to create a frame for the stained glass. Peel back the adhesive backing and stick the frame into the sticky side.
- Cut the card stock and tissue paper.Cut the rest of the card stock into several strips, about the same half-inch width as the frame. Make them in a variety of lengths. Cut the tissue paper into smaller pieces so it's easier to handle.
- Lay out the lines.Add pieces of the white card stock strips to the sticky sheet to divide the sun catcher into sections. Cut or tear the strips as needed to make large and small sections.
- Add the tissue paper.Place pieces of tissue paper on the sticky sheet to fill in between the strips. Arrange the colors and trim or tear the edges where they overlap.
- Stick the sun catcher in a window.When all of the sticky sections are covered, stick the finished sun catcher to a window by using the sticky border.
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