A fall leaf suncatcher is the perfect craft to capture the essence of fall.
Fall in the Midwest is one of the most magical times of the year. Majestic oaks and maples turn various shades of red, yellow, and orange.
It seems so unfair there’s a limited time to capture these gorgeous colors.
You’ll also like these gorgeous and fun leaf crafts for the kids to make!
Create a Fall Leaf Suncatcher Collage
One of my favorite fall crafts is this simple leaf suncatcher collage. It’s an easy little craft project for kids of all ages and it looks beautiful taped in the window.
To get started, take your kids on a leaf treasure hunt around the neighborhood. Pick leaves and dried flowers with varied textures and colors.
As you pick dried leaves, talk about the life cycle of a tree and why leaves fall from the tree.
Also grab these supplies to make your suncatcher (affiliate links included):
- dried leaves and flowers
- clear contact paper
- Sharpies (gold, silver, red, black)
- punch out shapes
First, press the leaves and flowers in a book, or between two towels with heavy books on top. Leave them for a couple of days to flatten out.
Next, draw a leaf shape (can be any leaf shape) on the non-sticky side of contact paper.
Then peel the back side of the contact paper and tape onto the work surface.
Have your child use a shape puncher to punch various shapes in your collected leaves. We liked the heart shape puncher (affiliate link).
Try using the positive shapes as well as the negative shapes in the collage.
Finally, use scissors or little hands to cut and tear the flowers and leaves. Arrange them into a collage inside the sticky part of the drawn leaf.
Measure a new piece of contact paper to cover your creations.
Peel the back and carefully stick on top of the leaf suncatcher collage. Press out any air bubbles.
Cut out each leaf shape, leaving a 1/2″ area around the leaves.
You can draw in a little frame with permanent markers, or just leave them plain.
Arrange them to display in a window and adhere with a little bit of clear tape.
This is a super easy and fun project to bring a little bit of fall color into your home.