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No Mess Sun Catcher Craft

By Sarah Boucher, Publisher Macaroni Kid Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Muskegon April 8, 2020

My kids love making craft projects.  I don't love cleaning up the mess.  Sun catchers are one of their favorite things to make, but I know that comes along with a mess of paint, water, brushes, and more!  So we came up with an alternative that's quick, easy, and mess free!  

Supplies needed:

  • Clear contact paper or shelf liner paper
  • Permanent marker
  • Tissue paper (various colors)
  • Scissors
  • Tape (optional)
  • Clipboard (optional)





Draw the outline of your sun catcher on the contact paper with a permanent marker.  Cut out a square/rectangle around the outline to separate the shape from the rest of the roll.

Cut the tissue paper into smaller pieces; we found that approximately 1"x1" squares work great.

Peel back the contact paper from your design square.  We found it worked really well to tape it sticky side facing up to a clipboard so the paper didn't roll back upon itself.





Fill in the design outline with pieces of tissue paper. It's OK if the squares go outside the lines or the pieces slightly overlap!  

Be creative with your design!





Cut a second piece of contact paper, peel the backing off, and stick it to the tissue paper.  This sticks everything together!

Cut along the outline of the shape with scissors to finish your sun catcher.  





Hang in a window with tape or punch a small hole and use a string and suction cup to hang it.


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