Homemade Nature Suncatcher Wind Chimes

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These are stunning suncatcher wind chimes the kids made that was inspired by our fun tin can wind chimes, mixed with our nature suncatchers. Yep! These double as gorgeous suncatchers. too!

This activity starts out with getting the kids really involved and moving because the kids get to explore in the backyard.

We just went around the yard finding pretty colors of flowers and interesting leaves. We tried to keep everything small in size, but didn’t limit to just that.

You could definitely make this part an entire activity in itself and do a scavenger hunt for certain colors, textures, or shapes. We always love a good scavenger hunt, and nature ones are classic!

Searching for colors in nature to make nature suncatchers wind chimes

Once we collected our nature goodies (you don’t need a lot, they go a long way!), its time to set up to make a collage of it all.

To make your found nature into wind chime suncatchers, you’ll also need:

  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pen
  • Rings from Mason jar lids
  • String (we used hemp cord – affiliate link – but yarn works too)
  • A sturdy stick

Cut a small piece of contact paper and trace the mason jar rings onto the contact paper side (not the part you peel off). Trace as many as you have rings for.

Then peel the backing off the contact paper and tap onto the surface, sticky side up.

Setup for nature suncatcher wind chimes

This is where the kids get to be as creative as they’d like!

Hand over the stash of nature items they found and let them fill in those circles.

We found it very cool to peel apart the flowers if they were big. To have a petal instead of a whole flower. Or if the flower was closed up or bell shaped, we peeled it open to fan it out. They made for some gorgeous suncatchers!

Nature collage for suncatcher wind chimes

Once their collages were complete, we finished off the suncatcher with another piece of contact paper over top.

Press them as flat as you can. Sticking it wherever you can.

Nature collage complete for suncatcher wind chimes

Such pretty suncatchers already!

Nature collage complete for suncatcher wind chimes

Then we cut them out. Along the circles we traced.

Henry, my oldest who is 6, cut his himself. I went back over them to cut them a tad bit smaller though.

We traced the outside of the mason jar ring, so to fit in the ring, they had to be slightly smaller.

Cut out circles for suncatcher wind chimes

Then I tied a knot around the rings using the string we had on hand.

And simple pushed the suncatcher circles into the ring. We didn’t need to tape them, they stayed securely in place. But I can see where you may need to.

I also tied the strings onto a stick to make them into a wind chime that we hung on our porch. Two actually, and I love looking at them!

Stunning suncatcher wind chimes the kids can make

I love the simplicity of the raw mason jar rings. But I also think it would be fun to spray paint them to give them color, too.

However, I plan to use the lids again at some point for my jars, so I didn’t want to ‘ruin’ them at this time.

Nature suncatcher wind chimes hung up

The boys are so proud of their suncatcher wind chimes! They love them!

And the sound they make is actually quite pleasant peaceful. I was nervous it would be clank-y, but its actually quite nice.

George with his suncatcher wind chimes - adore!

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  1. Lara says

    what an awesome idea, you could also use the old yucky rings that you use but really don’t want to for a more permanent suncatcher. Do you think you could laminate them as well instead of using contact paper?

    • Maria says

      I know you can laminate leaves (especially the autumnal ones, in different colours), after you have ironed them in between two pieces of newspaper and then dried in a book. I use such things as jettons, during our didactic games, to write on with non-permanent markers. Maybe you can use dried pansies and petals, in general, for laminating.

  2. stephanie says

    Love this Idea! Just was thinking, there may be a way to use those plastic round kids bracelets, just figure just some pretty neon thread to kinda sew the contact paper to the bracelets, or maybe use a hole punch..But they are sure ate cute!!

  3. Kris says

    This is a fantastic idea. I plan on doing this as a 4-H project. How long do the flowers/leaves stay looking fresh? I would assume they may wilt or fade. Maybe if they are pressed ahead of time they may stay looking nicer, longer?

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