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How to Make a Suncatcher with Paper Plates

by Jean Van't Hul
February 5, 2023

Here’s an easy way for how to make a suncatcher using flowers or leaves on sticky contact paper with a paper plate frame.

Updated March 2023

One of our favorite suncatchers to create is a nature suncatcher with contact paper, flower petals and leaves. The options are endless, and you can make them in any season!

Simply gather whatever nature materials are growing in your yard or garden and use them to create a lovely arrangement on sticky contact paper. A simple paper plate creates the perfect frame for your suncatcher!

Here’s a video showing Nature Suncatchers in action! And keep scrolling to see how you can make your own, all year long.

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How to Make a Suncatcher



  1. Create your suncatcher frame

    Begin by making a frame for your suncatcher by cutting a hole in the center of a paper plate.

    Next, use the paper plate frame to draw a circle on the contact paper. The circle on the contact paper should be about a half an inch larger than the hole in the frame, so that it will fit the opening and stick to the plate.

  2. Press flower petals and leaves to the contact paper

    Arrange flower petals, petal pieces, and leaves in any design you like.

    paper plate suncatcher with flowers

  3. Finish and hang the suncatcher

    Add another circle of contact paper over the top to protect and hold the design in place.

    Punch a hole at the top of the frame and tie a loop of string for hanging. Then find a sunny window and hang your suncatcher!

    nature suncatcher

We love using the colors, patterns, and shapes of flower petals and leaves to make fun images to hang in the window.

fall leaf suncatchers
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Fall Nature Suncatchers

Try these suncatchers using the leaves and colors of Autumn!

nature suncatcher
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Spring and Summer Nature Suncatchers

Take advantage of the blooms that Spring and Summer bring to make these fun and easy suncatchers.

Tissue Paper Suncatcher in Embroidery Hoop Frame
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

More Suncatcher Crafts for Kids

And you don’t just have to use flowers and leaves to make lovely suncatchers!

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How to Make a Suncatcher with Paper Plates

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