Make: Easy Snowflake Suncatchers with Kids

Add some colorful wintry sparkle to your windows this holiday season with this lovely (and super simple!) snowflake suncatcher craft project for kids.

There’s a nip in the air, a comforting blanket of fresh poofy powder, and a radiant light emanating from the landscape that can only mean one thing…winter has arrived! The season’s first snowfall deserves a celebration, and I can’t think of a better way than filling the windows with a gallery of colorful kid-made snowflake suncatchers.

Press play on the tutorial video below to watch the whole snowflake suncatcher how-to process…

This process doesn’t require any preparation and is a little less fussy than some of the other kids’ suncatcher projects I’ve found which require snowflake templates, layers of contact paper, or cutting up tissue paper into small squares.

Two snowflake suncatchers hanging in a window

For more snowflake activities, visit our yarn-wrapped snowflake ornament tutorial. For another easy, kid-made holiday decoration, try making one of these chic and modern collaged cardboard Christmas trees or a holiday countdown paper chain.

To make your own snowflake suncatchers you’ll need:

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • Transparency sheets (I use this kind) or flat plastic packaging scraps
  • Paper
  • Paint sticks (like these), finger paints, or tempera paints
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

  • Suction cups and string or yarn

How to Make Snowflake Suncatchers – DIY Instructions:

  1. Paint one side of a transparency sheet

    Using paint sticks (as I did for our example) finger paints, or tempera paint, draw or scribble on a transparency sheet or flat piece of scrap plastic packaging.
    how to make a snowflake suncatcher - step one
    If the holiday season has you particularly desperate for low-key, mess-free projects, absolutely try paint sticks. They don’t require cups of water or paintbrushes, and typically dry in seconds – smudge-free and no spills!

  2. Cut out a paper snowflake

    Using a piece of plain white paper (or any kind/color you prefer!) cut out a paper snowflake.
    how to make a snowflake suncatcher - step two
    Remember: the larger the cutouts, the more color you’ll see in the negative spaces.

  3. Glue the paper snowflake to the painted transparency sheet

    Use a glue stick to glue the middle/edges of your cut paper snowflake to the back of your painted transparency sheet.
    how to make a snowflake suncatcher - step three
    Trim around the edges of your snowflake, cutting off the excess painted transparency pieces.

  4. Hang in a window!

    Once you’ve finished, hang your snowflake in a window using a piece of clear tape. OR, use a hole punch to make a small hole through the suncatcher, thread string or yarn through, then hang from a small suction cup.

A gorgeous ode to winter and the coming holidays! You can experiment with different sizes, cut patterns, and color combinations to make an exquisite window full of snowflakes. As a bonus, the plastic catches the sun and reflects the light to give these a beautiful shine – just like actual snowflakes!

For more holiday snow fun, try making a tabletop winter sensory garden, or snowy mini pine tree farm sensory activity!

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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