This window picture looks beautiful on display and really captures all that's best about autumn - especially when the sun shines through it! It is simply made with clear sticky film (sticky-back plastic), leaves and glitter, and can be adapted to a range of ages.
We love to decorate our windows to make them cheerful to passersby, and of course suncatchers look lovely from inside with the light shining through. We therefore have suncatcher craft ideas that the kids will enjoy for lots of our holidays and many of the topics we cover - and they are a real ray of sunshine! Even the way they look pulled together on this page cheers me up. Grab your junk box and have a go...
Have a go at these beaded Easter eggs with the kids - they make a great non-messy craft that can be adapted to all ages. It's a super little "take with you" activity too.
Kids can make a Christmas window silhouette using our printable Christmas templates for a stunning Christmas window display. Wouldn't we all love to be able to look out the window to see Santa and his reindeers silhouetted against the moon like this?
This is a simple almost-no-mess craft idea for Day of the Dead (with the proviso that permanent markers need to be used carefully!) The sugar skulls look great on display in a window.
This Easter Egg Suncatcher is a simple Easter kids craft which can be enjoyed by all ages. Older kids could make their eggs very detailed, tracing over a drawn or printed design.
We've taken inspiration from Islamic geometric designs for this pretty stained glass window craft idea for kids.
This craft can of course be adapted for all sorts of holidays and events, but we've done it here for Valentine's Day. It produces a lovely 3d "artwork" which can be adapted to so many different uses.
The children will have some sprinkly glittery fun making these stained glass Easter eggs - and they look wonderful hanging in the window, too!
Glittery suncatchers appeal to everyone - except perhaps the person who has to clean up the glitter! Before you make these glittery autumn leaves, put down a tablecloth or plenty of newspaper. Wait for the glue to dry for the magic to happen!
Autumn is a magical time to enjoy craft activities! In this guest post Shelly and her son make some lovely autumn suncatchers to hang up in their home.
A suncatcher craft is always popular with children and so effective for display in classroom windows or at home.
Sarah makes some beautiful butterfly suncatchers using printables from Activity Village in this lovely guest blog post.
Every royal occasion needs crowns - and these Union flag versions are stunning! To make them Shelly's kids used an interesting tracing technique...
Sam enjoyed watching the paint colours run together when we were doing this Valentines craft. It was a bonus when we discovered the heart looked pretty in the window as a suncatcher!
Marbling is always an intriguing activity for kids and the results can be truly spectacular, especially when displayed in the window like our marbled autumn leaf suncatcher! You might want to remind younger children that less is more when it comes to mixing the colours!
These metalwork butterflies and dragonflies can be decorated by the children with permanent markers and they look oh so pretty when they catch the light! A really lovely craft for a summer display...
Imagine this lovely, colourful owl bird scarer reflecting the light and scaring the birds away from your seed beds! Of course it would look fabulous hanging in the home or classroom too, and kids can really go to town on decorating it. Instructions below.
Children can make this stunning poinsettia picture to display using some clever folding and cutting techniques...
Add some sparkle to your window with this pretty rainbow window decoration! Painting with glitter glue is always a popular activity.
This pretty butterfly looks lovely up against the window, or hanging in the breeze with a few friends. If you laminate it carefully it will stand up to hanging outdoors, too, although it won't last indefinitely.
You will need a steady hand to outline the calavera (Day of the Dead sugar skull) in PVA glue, and the patience to wait for the glue to dry, but I think you'll agree the result is worth it!
Children can display their Easter drawings in the window with this stained glass colouring egg craft. This is a good craft to try with a mixture of ages and when you need to keep mess to a minimum.
This stained glass picture looks stunning standing against a window to catch the light - perfect to display in the bathroom, possibly! Children will enjoy the effect of the different colours of blue tissue paper. Using the stick-back plastic makes this a relatively mess-free craft, too.
This pretty "stained glass" lotus flower is also a simple lesson in symmetry! It looks very pretty hung in a window for the light to shine through it, and would be perfect for Vesak celebrations.
You can see from the photo that our stained glass pumpkin craft looks fabulous on display in the window!
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If you scroll down the page you can see how lovely this stained glass turkey craft looks displayed in the window! We've used festive colours for his stained glass feathers and the sun streaming through them looks really special.
This suncatcher heart looks very pretty displayed in a sunny window! This is a good craft for little children.
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Here's a pretty suncatcher heart to display in your window for Valentine's Day. Children will enjoy tearing the tissue paper and creating their design.
This was a fantastic project. Sam really enjoyed it and the finished self portrait looked spectacular in the window. You will need a good photo to work from and a large collection of coloured permanent markers, though!
Rummage through the craft cupboard for supplies for this pretty tissue paper stained glass egg for Easter!
This butterfly craft is perfect for younger children but can be enjoyed by all ages: older kids can design their butterfly while younger children will be happy to tear shapes and arrange them haphazardly. You can see examples of both types of butterfly below.
These leaf suncatchers are a simple craft idea but they use a number of different fine motor skills - tracing, colouring, cutting. And they look pretty on display!
Make these beautiful window stars with bright jewel colours and let the sun shine through!
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This laminated spiral looks pretty catching the light and the breeze in a window. If you use two pieces of clear contact paper you can probably get away with using more sequins and glitter!