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Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

The weather may be warm and sunny, but look closer and you’ll notice that the leaves on the trees are beginning to change from fresh green to yellow, red, russet and brown as Autumn develops.

Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year and there’s lots of fun to be had outside in nature. Who can really resist the temptation of kicking and stomping their way through a heaped pile of autumn leaves?

Our Autumn Leaf Suncatchers are a lovely way to celebrate the season and a simple, low cost project for children of all ages. Hang them around your home as beautiful autumnal decorations that will last throughout the entire season.

Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

This is a lovely craft project as it’s simple, low cost and looks really lovely. What more could you want?

For our Autumn Leaf Suncatchers you will need:

  • A paper plate
  • Contact paper
  • A piece of string or ribbon
  • Foraged Autumn leaves
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

 

Before you begin you will need to go out and collect your leaves! This is the fun part and involves getting outdoors into the fresh air and in amongst nature. Try to get a good selection of leaves in different sizes and colours.

Begin by cutting out the centre of your paper plate so you are left with a ‘frame’. The frame itself can be decorated by drawing a design, writing a name or other message around it, or you can simply leave it blank.

Measure the amount of contact paper you will need by using the cut out piece of paper plate as a guide, cutting your contact to a slightly larger size so it will fit over the hole. You will need 2 circles of contact paper.

Stick one of your contact paper circles to your plate on the underside, so that the sticky part is facing up: where you would typically place items onto the plate.

Gather together your leaves and arrange them in a pretty design on the sticky part of the contact paper. Pressed flowers, petals and flat seed pods also look lovely. You can even cut up leaves to smaller pieces for more intricate designs, or leave them complete.

Once you are happy with the design, use your second piece of contact paper to make a ‘sandwich’, sticking it so that the two sticky sides of contact paper are stuck together to form the window of your suncatcher.

Using a hole punch, make a hole at the top of your plate and thread through with your piece of string or ribbon and hang it somewhere light – ideally in a window – so you can appreciate the beautiful artwork you’ve created!

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