Learn how to make this simple and beautiful suncatcher leaf craft for kids using fall leaves, flowers and paper plates.
Updated September 2022
Even though it is Autumn, the flowers are still blooming! We had so much fun making these leaf suncatchers with autumn leaves, zinnias, and other lovely fall flowers.
This is just the beginning of some autumn crafts with fall leaves that we have planned for the Fall!
We’ve made these so many times before and just used contact paper, but the paper plates work so well as frames for the suncatchers! The frame sets the leaves off nicely and offers a further canvas for decorating.
Suncatcher Leaf Craft
Create your suncatcher frame
Begin by making a frame for your Autumn leaf suncatcher by cutting a hole in the paper plate.
Add a center of transparent contact paper
Lay the frame over the contact paper and trace circles to fit over the opening (overlapping the paper plate by about half an inch).
Press leaves and petals to the sticky contact paper
Arrange the leaves and Fall flower petals on the sticky side of the contact paper. You can make an abstract design, a mandala, or anything you’d like!
*Optional: you can decorate your paper plate frame with crayons, markers, or watercolors, if you’d like!
Cover your design with more contact paper
Add another circle of contact paper over the top to protect and hold the nature design in place.
Hang up your Autumn leaf suncatcher!
Punch a hole at the top of the frame and tie a loop of yarn or a pipe cleaner for hanging.
The circular format is perfect for mandalas, like the flower petal ones we’ve made before, but for these, we didn’t create the concentric designs. Just abstract arrangements of fall leaves and flowers to bring a touch of the season indoors.
More Leaf Craft Ideas for Kids
- What to Do with Autumn Leaves: 11 Creative Ideas
- How to Preserve Fall Leaves and Create Mandala Leaf Art
- How to Make a Beautiful Fall Leaf Garland
- Autumn Leaves Stained Glass Window
- How to Make a Fall Leaf Wreath
- A Nature Suncatcher Craft for Kids
Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies
Download our FREE printable idea list of 30 autumn activities for kids & families! Or check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for fall!
And be sure to check out our FALL family fun list in our Amazon store! It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts, autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn.
And if you want even MORE Fall craft ideas, check out our Fall Arts and Crafts Workshop at the Kids Art Spot, our kids art club. You’ll get 10 videos of fun Fall art activities PLUS 10 seasonal drawing prompts!
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