These heart suncatchers are a perfect activity for your kids to do for Valentine’s Day and take only a few minutes to set up. Hang them up on the window or a glass door and let the light shine through them for a fun decoration.
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My kids had so much fun making these easy contact paper leaf suncatchers in the fall that I decided to create a Valentines version for them. These heart suncatchers are so easy to make and great for all ages. (I even like to get in on the fun and make one or two myself.)
Here’s what you’ll need to make the suncatchers:
First, you’ll need to start by cutting strips of tissue paper. I was able to find some already cut squares from Hobby Lobby (score!), but if you have to cut your own, all you need to do is cut up the tissue paper into squares is by folding it in half and then cutting that piece in half. I wanted the paper to be 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ so I used a ruler to make little marks at the top as a guide. I used my paper cutter to cut the tissue paper into strips and then stacked them up and made more marks across the top of the first piece on the stack. Then I used my scissors to cut the strips into squares.
Next, cut a heart out of paper or print one out. I made mine pretty big–about 10″x7″.
Now you’ll need to get your contact paper. I found some at Walmart in the shelf organization aisle. I cut two pieces of contact paper for each heart–about 12″x9″. Peel the backing off of one sheet and lay it sticky side up on the table. To keep it from moving around, I used a couple of small pieces of masking tape on either side.
Give your child the squares of tissue paper and let them start sticking them to the contact paper. They can layer them as well. Keep in mind that they don’t need to cover all of the contact paper because the heart is only going to cover a certain amount of area. Once most of the contact paper is covered, peel the backing off the second sheet of contact paper and lay it sticky side down on top of the tissue paper, pressing it down flat.
Next, grab your heart and the Sharpie and trace around it.
Then cut out of the heart and hang it on the window or glass door and let the sun shine through it. You can also hang it on the wall of course, but ideally you’d put it somewhere the light can catch it so it acts as a suncatcher.
And that’s it! A super easy, inexpensive kid activity for Valentine’s Day. This is so fun to do at home, at a party, as a craft to send with your kids who babysit or even in the classroom.