Heart Suncatchers


I am in love with how these turned out! They especially look so pretty hanging on our window. This is a great process art activity that allows your child to use their own creativity. Remember that process art is useful because it allows children to make their own creative decisions to create their own works of art. I love how each of these turned out differently because the children made it themselves with little guidance. The only time I had to give instructions was when telling them to put the tissue paper on the sticky part of the heart. 

This activity takes a little bit of prep. You have to cut out the heart shape in the paper plate, cut squares of tissue paper (if you didn’t buy precut squares), and then you have to cut out the contact paper. But with a little bit of prep, your children will be off to creating these super cute suncatchers. 

My 3, 5, and 7 year olds had so much fun decorating their suncatchers with stickers, markers, and stamps. That was their favorite part. We hung them up in our kitchen window so that if people walk by our house they will see them.


Here’s how to do it:


  • Paper plate
  • Red and pink tissue paper (you can buy precut squares on amazon)
  • Contact paper
  • Things to decorate the suncatchers such as stickers, stamps, glitter glue, markers, etc.


Step 1: Cut out a large heart in the middle of the paper plate.

Step 2: If you didn’t buy precut squares of tissue paper like me then cut squares out.

Step 3: Cut out two pieces of contact paper into a circle that covers the heart completely.

Step 4: Peel the backing off one piece of contact paper and stick it over the heart shape center of the paper plate.

Step 5: Have your child place the tissue paper squares on the sticky side of the contact paper. You will want them to completely cover the heart. It is ok if some of the tissue paper goes on the outer sides of the heart beacuse this side will not show when you hang it up. 

Step 6: Turn the paper plate over and now place the second piece of contact paper on the other side of the heart. This is the side that your child will decorate. 

Step 7: Now let your child decorate the rest of the paper plate however they want.

Step 8: Hang the finished suncatchers in a window!

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