It’s Fall. So, my kids are starting to spend more time indoors. That doesn’t mean you can’t let a little sunlight in. You can create this simple Pumpkin Sun Catcher craft with just a few supplies. Sun Catchers are a great way to let kids decorate windows and still let the light of day stream in!
Supplies you’ll need:
~Construction Paper (we chose black)
~Pumpkin “Template”- you can freehand or trace it
~ Tissue Paper (in what ever color you desire)
~ Contact Paper
~Pencil, Scissors, Tape
Cut or tear your tissue paper into pieces. Sort them by color, if you wish (this is a great impromptu learning activity for them!) I like using muffin tins (of course) to hold the kids craft supplies as they are working. I six-cup tin is the perfect size for each child to have their own “set” of supplies!
(It’s advisable to do the next few steps BEFORE you enlist your child to do this craft. Otherwise, they will be impatiently waiting around for you to be done. And you might hear the words “Can we do the craft now?” a few too many times. Trust me. I know from experience.
Next, freehand draw or print out a “template” onto black construction paper. (Mine is a free pumpkin coloring page, I enlarged to 150%).
Using scissors, cut out the inside of your pumpkin. Helpful tip: Loosely fold your paper in half, making sure NOT to crease the page. Make a little snip with the scissors on the inside of the traced template to start the cutting. This prevents you from having to cut into the “frame” or outer part of the paper.
It should look like this:
Next, cut out squares of contact paper, slightly smaller than your pumpkin frame.
You’ve now done all the prep. Your little ones can now help you do the tissue paper portion of the craft! Peel off the paper backing from the contact paper. Lay it flat on the table, sticky side up. Let your children create a tissue paper masterpiece.
Peel off the paper on another square of contact paper and carefully lay it over the first piece. Thereby, sandwiching the tissue paper between the two pieces of contact paper.
Adhere the tissue paper creation to the contraction paper frame and then adhere that (I used scotch tape) to the window.
There you have it! An adorable Pumpkin Sun Catcher!