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Make-It Monday: Tissue Paper Suncatchers

I love the look of a sun catcher in the window – it can add beautiful colors to our world even on a cloudy, dreary day.  A lot of us grew up with the painted suncatchers, but those are sometimes hard to do with little kiddos or lots of kiddos, so I’m glad I can share this mess-free alternative to adding some color in your day!

Find a helpful how-to video below:

"Finished tissue paper suncatcher"


  • 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)


  1. Using your scissors, writing utensil (optional), and construction paper, create and cut out an outline 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!
  2. Use the scissors to cut out the center of your design.
  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 design.
  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 construction paper design in the center of the con-tact paper.
  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 Make-It Monday.

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