I enjoy finding ways to add fun colors to our home. And of course I love to work on little crafts with my daughter! So these colorful suncatcher flowers were the perfect project to add a pop of fun color to our play room.
This project is really fairly simple, and my girl loved exploring the sticky contact paper while helping me make these colorful suncatcher flowers. You only need a few supplies and you’ll be on your way to adding a pop of color (and cuteness) to your windows!
Colorful Suncatcher Flowers
- Tissue Paper
- Clear Contact Paper
- Clear Tape or packing tape
- Cardboard for pattern (I made my pattern on the back of a cereal box)
Get the Supplies Ready
To make these colorful suncatcher flowers, I started by making a pattern for the flowers. I used an old cereal box and drew a large daisy and a slightly smaller tulip on the cardboard and cut them out.
Then I measured and cut the contact paper I would need to make the flowers – you’ll need two identical pieces of contact paper per flower.
Next, I taped one piece of contact paper per flower down to our work surface (you could tape them down on a table, but I taped ours onto an old foam core board so we could work on the floor). Notice in the picture the nice side of the contact paper is taped down, and the paper side is up. (Save the second piece of contact paper for each flower for later.)
Then I carefully pulled the paper backing off of each of the pieces of contact paper I had taped to the board, exposing the sticky side. I had 3 smaller pieces for the tulips and 2 larger pieces for the daisies. I stuck a tissue paper circle in the center of the two larger pieces to be the center of each daisy.
Cover with Tissue Paper
Now that you have your contact paper taped down and the sticky side exposed, the next step is to cover them with tissue paper. This is is the part of the project where my daughter helped me. She loved exploring the sticky contact paper and sticking on each colorful piece of tissue paper!
As you can see in the picture below, I handed her each piece of tissue paper, and she stuck them onto the contact paper.
She thought the contact paper was really interesting with it’s stickiness!
We had a lot of area to cover, so I helped her place some of the pieces. When we were done, it looked like this. Tissue paper was stuck over all the sticky contact paper.
Safety note: I taped the contact paper down very well to make sure it wouldn’t come off easily during our craft time. But of course this is a project that requires close supervision since I wouldn’t want my daughter to play with the contact paper. (I was sitting with her and helping the whole time she worked on this). I felt this activity was safe for my child, but every parent needs to make that decision for themselves and their children.
Finish the Flowers
The rest of the project is pretty simple and I completed this part on my own. I grabbed the second piece of clear contact paper that I had cut out for each flower. Then I carefully lined it up and covered the top of each piece, sandwiching the tissue paper pieces in between both sheets of contact paper (like you’re laminating it).
When I was done covering each piece with contact paper to seal in the tissue paper, the sticky side of the contact paper was no longer exposed. And the tissue paper pieces were sealed in between both sheets of contact paper. I carefully untaped each piece from the board.
Then I took each piece and used the pattern I’d already made as a guide to help me cut out the flower shapes.
I cut out the tulips and daisies first. But I found that I had some nice pieces left over from cutting out the daisy, so I cut these into little heart shapes.
These colorful suncatcher flowers turned out so pretty even on the white background. But I was really impressed when we hung them up on the window. The light shone through them in such a lovely way, really highlighting all of the bright colors. It’s really interesting to see the new shades and colors created where the tissue paper pieces overlap, too.
These colorful suncatcher flowers were a fun little project to make and added such a pretty pop of color to our home! I just had to prepare the materials and then my daughter helped me stick on the colorful tissue paper pieces. When we were done, it was simple to add that extra piece of contact paper on top and cut out the flower shapes (and even some hearts!). My daughter loves to look at them up on the window – they’re so fun!
What colors will you use to make your colorful suncatcher flowers?