These Valentine’s Suncatchers turned out so pretty, I could hardly wait to share! If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day activity that involves little mess, beautiful colours, and can be quite time consuming (allowing you to possibly drink your coffee hot!!), then this might be the activity for you!
- Paper plates (I used 2 different sizes)
- Pencil or pen
- Contact paper (I purchase mine at Staples)
- Scissors and/or X-acto knife
- Pompoms (optional)
- Tissue paper and whatever else you want to fill the hearts of contact paper with (I used sequins, tissue paper, pompoms, table scatter, confetti, and small beads)
- Heart guide to trace or you can freehand the heart to cut out
- Trace out the heart space that you want to have cut out. What you’re going to cut out will be your suncatcher space. I used a couple of foam hearts that I had that fit in the plates and traced them.
- Cut out the hearts that you traced. I began by using scissors and then tried with an X-Acto knife (on a cutting-safe surface). The X-Acto knife created far nicer edges and higher precision cuts.
- Get your contact paper ready. Cut out a piece the size of the heart in the plate, peel off the protective layer, and place the sticky side facing up (towards you). Place the plate right side up on the sticky side of the contact paper. You will be adhering the sticky side to the backside of the plate. Give a little pressure around the edges to try and get as much of the contact paper stuck to the plate as possible. Trim any excess contact paper that you might have sticking out. **Please note that in the photo, we did the pompom trim before decorating the contact paper….BIG MISTAKE! (unless you have time to let the decorated rim dry and want to come back to it.)
- Decorate the contact paper. With whatever decorating supplies you have available, go crazy decorating the contact paper suncatcher part. Tissue paper cut into pieces looks great in the sunlight. It gives a more traditional suncatcher/stain glass feel. We used beads, sequins, tissue paper, confetti, and pompoms. B went so sequin happy that I was on overflow duty and couldn’t be on photo duty! You can definitely tell which ones are hers! This step is where it becomes mostly child-led and you can step back and watch.
- Decorate rim of suncatcher. Now is the time to decorate the rim of the suncatcher. We did this step before decorating the inside (contact paper heart) and didn’t have time to let the glue dry. As B & C were decorating and placing the inner decorations on the contact paper, their arms and hands kept knocking the pompoms off the rim and it was a pain. If this step is done at the end, there should be less frustration.
- Admire and display. Once complete, you can poke a hole in the rim area and hang your suncatcher in the window to display using ribbon or thread. You could also somehow adhere your suncatcher right to the window but this might be difficult in the winter and cold weather due to condensation on windows.
- Use the scrap hearts. Later in the day we used the scrap hearts that were cut out of the plates to colour on. They’ll be used for a hearts banner…eventually. 😉
Happy Valentine’s Crafting!