What you will make:
Use the patterns in this project to make
Halloween suncatchers shaped like bats, ghosts and jack-o'-lanterns.
Hang the suncatchers in your windows and give some as gifts.
Suncatchers are easy to make and are a great vehicle for creativity—make
them in a variety of colors, and add your own special touches. You can get as much enjoyment from making
suncatchers as from looking at them.
Tip: The spider suncatchers are a bit more difficult to make. It's best to make one of the other suncatchers first to gain experience.
Here's what you need:
- Computer paper: white or orange
- Tissue paper: white or colored
- String, yarn or thread
Waxed paper, cellophane or parchment paper.
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Halloween Suncatchers
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a suncatcher to make. Download and print the pattern.
Choose a ghost, bat, jack-o'-lantern or spider 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, assorted Halloween or the large jack-o'-lantern.
You only need to print a single copy of the ghosts and spiders
patterns, since they already include two copies of each suncatcher. 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: If your decorations aren't being hung in a window,
skip the tissue paper and leave the center uncut.
Tip: Save the center cutouts to use as decorations around the house, or 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 waxed paper, cellophane, parchment paper or vellum.
Spider Suncatcher: Cut an oval using the tissue pattern pattern as a guide.
Place the tissue paper over the tissue pattern, trace and then cut.
- 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, spiders 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.
That's it! Your suncatchers are
ready to hang!
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