- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a suncatcher to make. Download and print the pattern.
Choose a ghost, bat or jack-o'-lantern pattern that prints in
color, or select the black & white pattern and use your creativity to
add color and designs.
Each suncatcher requires a front and a back, so print two copies
of the pattern to make the bats or the large jack-o'-lantern. Print
the leaf pattern to colored paper to make leaf-shaped decorations to hang in the windows with the suncatchers.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on
standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe
Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut Frames
Cut out on the box outline around the suncatcher. You need two
frame patterns for each suncatcher.
Fold each rectangle in half on the dashed line. Cut out the
centers of the frames. Now, open each piece flat. Trim the
cut edges, if needed.
Tip: Save the center cutouts to use as decorations around the house, on greeting cards and gifts.
Step 3: Color (optional)
Color the suncatcher frames, or leave them white. You could draw
dots or maybe wavy lines in Halloween colors—use your imagination!
- Step 4: Cut Tissue Paper
Cut a piece of tissue paper about the size of the rectangle. Use white or colored tissue paper.
You might also use cellophane, parchment paper or vellum.
Step 5: Glue
Glue the tissue paper to the back of a suncatcher frame. Glue
another frame on top — back sides together. Carefully align the two
frames. A glue stick works well.
Step 6: Trim and Decorate
Cut out the suncatcher, trimming away excess paper and tissue
paper. You can add decorations to your suncatcher, if you like. How
about gluing eye cutouts on the ghosts and bats, or eye, nose, and
mouth cutouts on the jack-o'-lantern? You can also use a black
marker to make the eyes, nose and mouth; just trace over the
features on the center cutouts from Step 2.
- Step 7: Hanger (optional)
Decide how you want to use your suncatcher. You may or may not want to add a hanger. To make a simple
hanger, tape a loop of string or yarn to the top of the suncatcher.
On the bat suncatchers, tape one end of the string to each wing.