Tissue Paper Suncatchers

Use small pieces of colored tissue paper to create colorful stained glass-looking suncatchers. This tutorial presents two easy methods to make these suncatchers.
Heart Suncatchers craft

Materials

  • Tissue paper in various colors
  • Scissors
  • White glue or liquid starch (Method 1)
    or clear contact paper (Method 2)
  • Wax paper (Method 1)
  • Paint brush (Method 2)
  • Double-sided tape

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Method 1

Method 1 involves the use of liquid starch or slightly diluted white glue to stick the pieces of tissue together into a collage. Shapes are then cut out from the resulting collage.

Step 1 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 1 1. Cut various colors of tissue paper into small pieces. If you are making themed suncatchers (e.g. Valentine's day, Easter, autumn, etc.), use colors of tissue paper that go with your theme. For this tutorial, I chose reds, pinks, and purples to make heart suncatchers for Valentine's day.
Step 2 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 1 2. Lay a sheet of wax paper on a flat surface.
Step 3 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 1 3. Brush on some liquid starch or diluted white glue (2 parts glue to 1 part water) onto a portion of the wax paper. Spread the starch or glue into a thin layer.
Step 4 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 1 4. Place a few overlapping pieces of tissue onto the area with glue or liquid starch. Brush on some more glue or starch over the pieces, smoothing them around the edges as you go.
Step 5 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 1 5. Continue adding tissue paper pieces until you've made a collage that almost covers the entire wax paper or until you've got a big enough collage to make the intended number of suncatchers. Allow the collage to dry completely.
Step 6 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 1 6. If you want suncatchers that are more see-through, you can carefully peel off the tissue collage from the wax paper once completely dry.

Leaving the wax paper on is perfectly okay—the suncatchers will still catch some light, though not as much as wax paper-free ones.
Step 7 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 1 7. Cut shapes out of the tissue paper collage. You can cut directly or pre-draw the shapes onto the tissue prior to cutting.

*If you need shape patterns or templates, you can check out our printables: basic shapes, butterflies, hearts, flowers, leaves, stars, Easter eggs, and more printable shapes and stencils.
Step 8 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 1 8. Use double-sided tape to stick the suncatchers onto glass windows or doors.

Method 2

In Method 2, pieces of colored tissue are arranged in between two sheets of clear contact paper. The sheet is then cut into the desired suncatcher shapes.

Step 1 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 1. Like in Method 1, cut various colors of tissue paper into small pieces.
Step 2 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 Ask for an adult's help.2. Cut 2 identical pieces of clear contact paper.
Step 3 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 3. Remove the backing from one piece. Position it sticky side-up on a flat surface.
Step 4 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 4. Stick overlapping pieces of tissue onto the contact paper.
Step 5 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 5. Continue sticking tissue paper pieces until you've covered the entire contact paper.
Step 6 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 Ask for an adult's help.6. Peel off the backing from the second piece of contact paper. Position it sticky side-down over the tissue paper collage. Press firmly to seal in the tissue paper pieces.
Step 7 Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 7. Cut out shapes. You can cut directly or pre-draw the shapes onto the contact paper prior to cutting.

*If you need shape patterns or templates, you can check out our printables: butterflies, hearts, flowers, leaves, stars, Easter eggs, and more printable shapes and stencils.
Step 8a Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 8. As suggested in Method 1, you can use double-sided tape to stick the suncatchers onto glass windows or doors.
Step 8b Tissue Paper Suncatchers - Method 2 Another idea is to punch a hole near the top of the suncatcher and hang it with a ribbon or string.

You can make several of these to come up with a lovely mobile.

More Ideas

Easter egg tissue paper suncatcher For Method 2, it is easy to create an ordered design instead of a random collage of tissue paper. With a three-toned Easter egg in mind, I cut large sections of tissue paper in three colors and arranged them in rows on the contact paper. To decorate the Easter egg, I used craft punches to create small paper shapes and glued them onto the sections of tissue paper. Another piece of contact paper was placed on top to seal everything in.
Easter egg tissue paper suncatcher An egg shape was cut out of the contact paper to come up with this colorful Easter egg suncatcher.

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