A Christmas Tree Suncatcher

DIY Christmas tree suncatcher for kids

Do you remember our Suncatcher Bats from Halloween?  I searched for a piece of recycled plastic to use for making those but couldn’t find anything on hand that would work, and I ended up improvising with plastic sheets run through the laminator.  They turned out darling!  Well…as darling as bats can be that is!

This past week I was lucky enough to be the recipient of a cake baked by mom.  Yes, that was exciting in itself, but the best part was it came in a disposable metal tray with a huge plastic lid!  It was just begging me to turn it into a Christmas-themed suncatcher, and so I did!  Here’s how:

1.  Find a piece of clear plastic to repurpose or try my laminator trick.

2.  Draw or trace a shape onto the plastic using a permanent marker.  I traced a Christmas tree shape using our Simple Sticker Christmas Trees as a template.

3.  Cut out the shape using scissors.

4.  Use permanent markers to draw and color ornaments on the tree.  Color the trunk brown.  I used and prefer Sharpies.  Allow the ink to dry so it doesn’t smudge.

clear plastic sun catcher ornament

5.  Get a piece of green tissue paper larger in size than the tree template.  Paint it with Mod Podge and press the tree, marker side down, onto the tissue paper.  Gently press down and smooth out wrinkles.  Allow to dry.

6.  Cut off the excess tissue paper from around the plastic tree template.

7.  Use a black permanent marker to outline the tree.

8.  Punch a hole in the top of the tree for hanging.  I used a small diameter hole punch from Stampin’ Up.

9.  Hang your Christmas Tree Suncatcher using fishing line, ribbon, string, or attach directly to the hook on a suction cup stuck on a window.  Enjoy!

A Christmas tree suncatcher craft

Christmas crafts for kids

Update: Finally got a picture of it on a sunny day!  So bright and pretty! 🙂

Merry Christmas!!

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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