Suncatchers really brighten the room – I love them! We make a bunch of them every year – they have a permanent spot on the window – and I’m sharing an Easter suncatcher template here so you can give it a try!
First of all, this method will work for any shape. Think hearts for Valentine’s Day, birds for spring, flowers for summer, a big leaf for autum, a ghost for Halloween and a snowman for Christmas. The possibilities are endless as long as it is not too complicated (just saving you a headache)..
- Contact paper (transparency paper, sticky back plastic)
- tissue paper
- sheet of (heavy) paper
- pair of scissors
- glue or double-sided tape
// Instructions for making an Easter Suncatcher
1. Gather materials listed above. Download the bunny template via the button on the bottom of this page. Print the file. Now you’re good to go!
2. Take the Easter suncatcher template and cut the outer outline.
3. Place the bunny template on thick paper and trace it with a pencil. Any colour would do, but dark colours will give a better result. The outline will not be visible (you will see the tissue paper when you use light coloured paper). Alternatively, you can use very heavy paper or cardboard. Anyway, I used thick black paper to be on the safe side.
6. Trace the small white bunny with a pencil. Save the “small bunny” for step 11.
7. Cut. the traced shape. Now you have a perfect outline of the duplicate!
8. Cut tissue paper into small pieces. Make a stack of the pieces of tissue paper. Choose bright colours that look nice together. Cut this into strips, and then into eggs. Or into geometrical shapes, such as squares or triangles. They will all look good.
9. Prepare the contact paper. Cut a piece of contact paper, a little larger than the bunny. Peel of the backing, so the sticky side becomes exposed (which has the nasty habit of sticking to itself.. ). Put it down on the table, sticky side up. Secure it to the table with a few pieces of tape (otherwise it will curl up and, yes, become a sticky mess). Position the black rabbit on it, preserving its shape.
10. Now the fun part! Arrange the tissue paper pieces within in the bunny template. Let them overlap a little and completely cover the design (surely the kids will enjoy just sprinkling the pieces of paper, even though it won’t give the best results – never mind!). Don’t worry about any overlap with the black outline, it will be hidden later on.
Done! You can simply hang it on a window! But if you’d like to make it pretty both ways, I suggest you make a backing.
11. Make a backing. Essentially, you cut a second black outline as a mirror image. This way, the pencil lines will be hidden on the finished art product. How do you do this? Turn over the bunny and place it on the heavy black paper, tissue paper facing down (now you’re happy to have fully covered the design). Trace the outline. Then draw the inner bunny. You can either eyeball this or trace the white “small bunny” from step 5.
12. Flip over the outline. You can see the nice fit and the pencil lines are hidden. 13. Glue or tape the backing to the coloured design. I used double-sided tape.14. Finished – well done! Hang the artwork on a window. Sit down and admire.
Download the bunny Easter suncatcher template here (paper size A4):
and download the bunny Easter suncatcher template (paper size Letter):