- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a pattern: color or black & white. Download the pattern
for the suncatchers and print it on computer paper. Choose from white,
red, pink or any color you like.
There are two sizes of suncatchers on each pattern sheet—small and large. The large suncatchers are about
3¼" (8 cm) wide and small ones are about 2¾" (7 cm) wide.
Print on white or colored paper.
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: Color (optional)
Color the suncatcher frames, or leave them white. Draw tiny hearts,
or maybe wavy lines in a rainbow of colors—use your imagination!
Tip: You do not need to color the frame centers, since they will be cut out.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut on the box outline around the suncatcher and tissue patterns. Make the cuts straight and the
Tip: There are two frame patterns for each suncatcher.
- Step 4: Fold and Cut
Fold each box in half on the dashed line. Cut around each heart pattern on the solid black line.
Do not cut along the fold. Cut out the centers of the frames. Now, open each piece flat.
Keep the center heart and the surrounding box. We can use them, too.
Tip: Trim around the edges, if needed.
Easier option: The thin frames can be difficult to handle. An easier way to make
the suncatcher frame is to just cut the center heart—this simpler frame is a rectangle with a heart cut out.
See the sample to the right.
- Step 5: Trace and Cut Tissue Paper
Put the tissue pattern face-up on a piece of tissue paper. Trace around the pattern with a pencil.
Remove the pattern. Cut the tissue paper on the line you traced.
Tip: White tissue paper works well, but colored tissue paper is a nice option.
You can also use foil, vellum or colored cellophane instead of tissue paper. Most craft stores and florists carry
a variety of colored cellophane and vellum is available in a variety of colors and patterns at craft
and scrapbooking stores.
- Step 6: Glue Together
Glue the tissue paper to the back of a suncatcher frame. Glue another frame on top,
with the back sides together. In other words, glue the tissue paper between the two frames. To keep things
neat, you may want to cover the table with a piece of waxed paper before gluing the tissue paper—sometimes,
the glue can go through the tissue paper and make a sticky mess.
Tip: A glue stick works well.
- 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.
Tip: Another way of making a hanger is with needle and thread. Thread the needle with a
doubled strand of thread about 12" (30 cm) long. Punch a hole with the needle in the center at the top of the
suncatcher. Pull the thread through the hole. Remove the needle. Put the tail through the loop and pull tight.
Knot the two ends of the tail together.