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Make-It Monday: Butterfly Suncatchers

I’ve seen a lot of butterflies and other pollinators around lately – have you?  Pollinators (like butterflies, bees, birds, and others) are so important to agriculture.  If we didn’t have pollinators, we wouldn’t be able to have a lot of the foods we love and enjoy every day!  Today, we are paying respect to a colorful pollinator – the butterfly – with this fun and simple suncatcher activity.

Find a helpful how-to video below:

Butterfly Suncatcher

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Writing Utensil (optional)
  • Construction Paper
  • Clear Con-Tact Paper
  • Tissue Paper (multiple colors)
  • Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • Suction Cup, Ribbon, etc. (something to hang your finished project in the window)

Instructions

  1. Using your scissors, writing utensil (optional), and construction paper, create and cut out an outline in the shape of a butterfly for your suncatcher design.  If you aren’t a great artist, you can use things like cookie cutters, home décor, a clip art image off the internet, etc. for a starting point!  Use the scissors to cut out the center of your design.
  2. Using your scissors and construction paper, cut out a butterfly body (a long, skinny oval shape) and two antennae.
  3. Cut up tissue paper into one-inch squares.
  4. Using your design as a guide, cut out two pieces of Con-Tact paper that are about two inches bigger than your butterfly.
  5. Pull off the backing to one piece of Con-Tact paper and lay it sticky side up on your workspace.  Secure the corners with tape so it stays in place.
  6. Place your butterfly outline in the center of the Con-Tact paper.  After your butterfly is secure, add in the body and antennae.
  7. Fill in the center of your design with tissue paper squares until it is full.
  8. Peel off the backing to your second sheet of Con-Tact paper and place it sticky side down over your design.  This will seal your artwork in and keep other things out!
  9. Use your scissors to trim the excess contact paper off around the outside of your design.
  10. Use a hole punch to add a hole where you would like to hang your design.
  11. Using a suction cup, ribbon, etc., make a hanger for your suncatcher to hang in your window.
  12. Hang your artwork up for everyone to enjoy!

 

Tip: If you don’t have clear Con-Tact paper at home, you can also use things like laminating sheets (place your construction paper outline and tissue paper squares inside a laminating sleeve and run it through a laminator) or clear packing tape (lay down multiple pieces of tape with a slight overlap to create a sticky surface like the Con-Tact paper) to create these suncatchers!

 

Make-It Monday projects will be posted each Monday (except for holidays) throughout the museum closure for COVID-19.  For a full list of previous projects, visit our Make-It Monday website.

Questions? Contact Sarah, the museum's education coordinator.