These fall suncatchers are so unique! They will keep kids of all ages engaged and making beautiful patterns with all kinds of seeds. This is also a very low-cost activity, I just went to the grocery store and browsed the bulk aisle, a small amount goes a very long way.
My daughter spent close to an hour making her pattern, which looks awesome! They also look beautiful taped up in a window. My son also loved this project and was very focused on carefully putting his seeds on the sticky paper, even though he didn’t make a complicated pattern it still turned out great!
Make Your Own Fall suncatchers
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- Clear sticky contact paper (this is an example but I found mine at the dollar store!)
- Seeds of all kinds, we used sunflower seeds, wheat berries, lentils, corn, split peas.
- Containers for your seeds
- White paper, pencils, and tape
1. Take a white piece of paper any size you like and draw out your suncatcher pattern. We used swirls and circles but you could use straight lines, or even a mandala pattern would work. Having a pattern to follow makes it a lot easier, especially for younger kids. I just drew some circles and lines for my son and he really liked that.
2. Cut out your clear sticky contact paper to fit your design and tape it down sticky side up so your design is showing through.
3. Have fun creating your fall suncatchers! We all sat down for almost an hour to create ours, my kids were pretty focused on creating their patterns. It was a nice calm activity, they loved sticking their seeds onto the sticky paper.
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4. Once the designs are finished, you need to put another piece of contact paper over top to hold everything together. This can be a bit tricky, so it’s best if an adult does this part. Start at the top and smooth things out as you go. If you are using a lot of the bigger seeds like popcorn and sunflower seeds, you will have to go slow and make sure to press down around the edges to make the paper stick together.
5. Trim the contact paper if necessary. Tape up your fall suncatchers and admire everyone’s hard work!
We loved making these fall suncatchers, and I’m sure we will make more of them in the future. There are so many possibilities with color and patterns and sizes, sky’s the limit really. Mini suncatchers would be adorable!
Looking for more fall projects? Check out these fall leaf paintings with watercolors & glitter or these gorgeous autumn sunflowers using oil pastels.
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These are SO cute! I would’ve loved to do these as a lesson in my classroom when I was teaching. We did a whole unit on seeds!
Thanks Debbie! I agree they would be a great project for a seed unit.
This is a fun sensory and fine motor art project and it looks so pretty!
Thanks Shelah! Yes, it is a great fine motor project, it sure challenged my 4-year-old.
I need to pick up some sticky contact paper! These look fun and is a perfect fall activity!
Contact paper is an awesome craft supply to have on hand! Definitely get some. 🙂
My kids will enjoy this! Thanks!
I hope you and your kids have fun with this Stephanie!
Melissa | This Blended Home of Mine
This is so great. I’ve never actually thought to use seeds! My kids are older now, but I have friends with little tots who would love these. So clever!
Thanks Melissa! My kids loved making these.