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Easy Contact Paper Shamrock Suncatcher Craft for Kids

This easy contact paper shamrock suncatcher is a great St. Patrick’s Day craft project for preschool and elementary school kids.

This easy contact paper shamrock suncatcher is a great St. Patrick's Day craft project for preschool and elementary school kids.

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Shamrocks seem to be one of the most common symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. So why not lean into that and make this easy contact paper shamrock suncatcher with your kids? I’ve been making suncatchers using this method for a few years now and it’s always a winner.

I’ve done this with my kids when they are as young as 2 years old! It’s also great for preschoolers and kindergarten aged kids because it doesn’t require a lot of instruction and they have freedom to put the tissue paper anywhere they want. It’s also a fun activity for older kids because it’s easy and allows them to be creative in a simple way.

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Supplies Needed for Shamrock Suncatchers

How to Make a Contact Paper Shamrock Suncatcher

First, you need to cut your tissue paper into squares. Occasionally I am able to find pre-cut tissue paper squares at Hobby Lobby. But if you can’t, all you need is some sheets of tissue paper and a paper trimmer. Decide how big you want your squares to be and start cutting the tissue paper into strips. I would recommend about 1 1/2″. Once I had my strips of tissue paper, I used my scissors to cut them into squares.

*PRO TIP* Keep the tissue paper folded when you cut it so you have 2-4 layers. This will make cutting it easier and less likely to tear.

Next, cut a shamrock shape out of paper or cardboard. You can search for a simple outline of a shamrock online and print it out. Or you can hand drawn one. Unless you want smaller shamrocks, I recommend having a larger design, at least 6″ x 8″. This is also easier for little hands to cut out.

Now you’ll need to cut your contact paper. (I found some in the organization aisle at Walmart.) Make sure it is the clear kind. The size of your shamrock will determine how big you need to cut your contact paper. I suggest cutting them at least 1-2″ bigger than your shamrock shape. Peel the backing off one piece and lay it down sticky side up. Use masking tape to secure it to your surface so it doesn’t move around.

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 shamrock 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.

*PRO TIP* Start on one side of the contact paper and work your way across, pressing the top sheet down as you go. You’re more likely to end up with creases or bubbles if you start in the middle.

Once you have the two pieces stuck together, grab your Sharpie and shamrock outline and trace it onto the contact paper. Depending on the age of your child, they may be able to do this part by themselves.

*PRO TIP* Use a small piece of masking tape or painters tape on the back of your shamrock template to help keep it in place when tracing.

Then cut out the shamrock. This is a great exercise in fine motor skills for your kids!

Lastly, 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 cute contact paper shamrock suncatcher.

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This easy tissue paper shamrock suncatcher is a great St. Patrick's Day craft project for preschool and elementary school kids.
This easy contact paper shamrock suncatcher is a great St. Patrick's Day craft project for preschool and elementary school kids.  It uses inexpensive supplies and is perfect for little hands.
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Hi! I’m Shani,

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