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Making Fun Autumn Sun Catchers

Children are big fans of the autumn leaf colours once the season takes place. So we are thrilled to make sun catchers shaped like autumn leaves (and acorns) with them. Its such a great activity we can do together, and at the end of the process, we have some great sun catchers we can hang up by the windows, to catch the autumn sunlight.

I’ve learned that self-adhesive laminating sheets are easier to use than regular clear contact paper. And pre-cut tissue paper squares save time over cutting coloured tissue paper yourself.

When doing this project, be sure to read some children’s books about leaves including “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf” and “Leaf Man.”

You can get the supplies for this project by clicking the links below or visiting my online shop.

Items Needed

  • Leaf and acorn templates
  • Card stock or construction paper
  • Tissue paper squares
  • Self-adhesive laminating sheets
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape


  • Print out leaf and acorn templates. Cut out shapes for younger kids. Older kids can cut their own.
  • Cut out the centre of each shape, leaving a border.
  • Peel backing off laminating sheet and place on table.
  • Put shapes on laminating sheet.
  • Have kids place tissue paper squares inside the shapes.
  • Put another laminating sheet on top to seal.
  • Trim around edges, leaving a border.
  • Use clear tape to hang sun catchers in a window.