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Suncatcher Heart Craft

Updated on February 21, 2011

Valentine's Stained Glass Suncatcher Heart Craft

This heart-shaped suncatcher craft is made from torn bits of tissue paper, clear contact paper and only a few more household craft materials. The resulting heart resembles stained glass when hung in a window. Light filters through the tissue paper and the heart looks amazing.

This craft is definitely a keeper and can be adapted for all holidays. Step by step instructions are listed below. Enjoy!

Supplies for suncatcher craft
Supplies for suncatcher craft

Materials needed for Suncatcher Heart Craft

Great craft for Valentine's Day

This is all you'll need:

2 Sheets of construction paper - I used red and pink to aid with instructions but you can use 2 reds or 2 pinks

Pencil

Scissors

Clear contact paper

Glue Stick or glue

Hole puncher

Suction cup for hanging in window

You'll also need red, pink and white tissue paper torn into 1/2" pieces. Tear the tissue ahead of time.

Make a Heart Suncatcher for Valentine's Day - Or any holiday

  • Using a heart template, cut out a heart shape from one of the pieces of construction paper to make a heart "window". *see hint below




  • Then place the first sheet of paper over the second lining them up exactly, trace the heart onto the second piece of paper and cut it out too.




  • You should end up with two identical sheets of paper with hearts cut out. I used red and pink here so the pieces of paper were easy to see in the photographs, but normally I would have used 2 reds or 2 pinks.






  • Measure and cut out a piece of clear contact paper just a little smaller than the construction paper and carefully stick it sticky-side down to one piece of the paper. Don't press down on the middle heart "window" or you'll be sticking the paper to what's underneath.




  • Turn the paper over with sticky side up in the window and add the torn bits of tissue paper randomly or in any pattern you like to the sticky surface. Cover the entire surface.




  • Now glue down the second piece of paper exactly on top of the first piece lining up the hearts. Be sure to get the glue close to the heart shape. You can use a glue stick or regular glue. If using regular glue, allow the glue to dry.




  • Now add another piece of clear contact paper to the tissue paper side so both sides are sealed up. Press together well.




  • Cut around the heart leaving 1/2" border of construction paper. Leave a little extra border at the top for punching a hole. Now you are ready to hang you heart suncatcher in a window.



    *Hint: The size of the "window" should be proportional to the age of the child. A young child may "burn out" before he or she is finished with a large window cut out. For a child 10-12 years old use 3/4 to a full sheet of constructon paper. For younger children use about half the size of a sheet of construction paper for the window.

View from inside looking out

View from inside looking out
View from inside looking out

View from outside looking in

View from outside looking in
View from outside looking in

Here are some products to consider: - Colored tissue paper, constructions paper and glue sticks

This craft can be adapted for ANY holiday. As holidays come and go through the year I'll be posting more examples of this craft here on this page. Here's one we made with an Easter theme - see this Easter Kid's Crafts article for this craft and many more.

Here are some more ideas:

Balloons for a birthday - this sounds fun!

Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day

Egg or Cross for Easter

Flag for Fourth of July

Pumpkin for Halloween or Thanksgiving

Christmas Tree for Christmas

The possibilites with this craft are endless. I'd love to see a huge piece of artwork made in this manner. It would be a wonderful art project for teenagers.

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    • julescorriere profile image

      Jules Corriere 

      6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      How Cool! Thanks for the step by step and the pictures. Now that i have an understanding of the basics, I can do this for all holidays. Neat ideas!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 

      6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Cute paper craft! Happy Valentine's Day!

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image

      JoyfulReviewer 

      6 years ago

      Nice project for the kids ... nicely done photos and instructions.

    • lbrummer profile image

      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      A nice project for kids in a classroom also. Nice lens!

    • MartieG profile image

      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      What a fun Valentine's Day project - good instruction photos!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Cute and easy idea!

    • Scraps2treasures profile image

      Scraps2treasures 

      6 years ago

      What a fun craft for kids. I am going to make one with my daughters this weekend so they can hang it in their window.

    • Rita-K profile image

      Rita-K 

      7 years ago

      What a wonderful idea, love it!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      What a perfect decoration for Valentine's Day!

    • antoivo lm profile image

      antoivo lm 

      7 years ago

      that's a cool sun catcher well done this is a great lens thumbs up :)

    • puzzlerpaige profile imageAUTHOR

      puzzlerpaige 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Victoria. We have made several lately too. There are a few different methods for making them, but I really do like this one the best.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I really love this craft idea,i must have made at least 3 dozen of these hearts,once i started i couldn't stop,love it,love it.

    • JenOfChicago LM profile image

      JenOfChicago LM 

      7 years ago

      Great craft project! I can see making Christmas themed ones too for gifts.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Really fun craft. Nicely done. I have made this the lens of the month on Homeschool Fun - Free Arts and Crafts Resources

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      I absolutely love this stained glass effect heart suncatcher craft. Featuring on my Valentine Crafts lenses and faved. Lee "hearts" this lens ... 5*

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      These are wonderful instructions! My mother loves handmade suncatchers. She has 2 that are at least 20 yrs. old in her kitchen window. Most Excellent! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens

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      Leanne Chesser 

      8 years ago

      Awesome suncatcher heart craft! I think it would be cool to use fancy scissors to cut it out so that the border has a pattern.

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