Make egg- or bunny-shaped suncatchers for Easter. These suncatchers can be hung in a window, included in a card, or made into a mobile. They also look cute hung from the handle of an Easter basket. Suncatchers are easy to make and are a great vehicle for creativity—make them in a variety of colors and add embellishments to dress them up. You'll get as much enjoyment from making suncatchers as from looking at them.
Choose a pattern for an Easter suncatcher—egg, fancy egg, or bunny. Each pattern is offered in black & white or pre-colored. Download the pattern and print it on white or colored computer paper. Pastel-colored paper is nice for the egg suncatchers. The bunny suncatcher is more difficult to make than either egg suncatcher. To make translucent centers, print the Egg Centers pattern on plain paper and wax it (see Waxing Paper craft).
Toddlers and preschoolers can have fun, too! Use the Coloring Sheet or Easter Egg patterns to make Easter ornaments. Print a black & white or pre-colored pattern and give the child the sheet to color. Cut out the decorated egg and bunny shapes and glue two back-to-back to make an ornament.
Quick suncatchers / window clings: For super easy suncatchers, print the Dotted Eggs pattern on white paper and make them translucent by Waxing Paper before cutting out the suncatchers. Tack them to the window with strings threaded through a punched hole or with a small application of glue dots on the top, bottom and sides. See samples below.
It takes two frames to make a suncatcher. The egg and fancy egg suncatchers come in two sizes on each pattern sheet—small and large. The large suncatchers are about 3¾" (9.5 cm) tall and small ones are about 2¾" (7 cm) tall. The bunny suncatcher has one size—about 4¼" (10.5 cm) tall.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's Crafts 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.
Color the suncatcher frames, or leave them white. Draw tiny flowers, leaves on vines or maybe wavy lines in spring colors—use your imagination!
Tip: The frame centers are also egg-shaped. You can color theses cut-out eggs as you like, and then use them to decorate greeting cards.
Cut on the box outline around the suncatcher and tissue patterns. Make the cuts straight and the corners square.
Tip: There are two frame patterns for each suncatcher.
Fold each box in half on the dashed line. Cut around each 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 egg or bunny to use as a card decoration.
Tip: Trim around the edges, if needed.
Easier option: The thin frames can be difficult for children to handle. An easier way to make the suncatcher frame is to just cut out the center—this simpler frame is a rectangle with an egg cut out. Checkout the sample in the tips section.
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. The tissue paper pattern for the fancy egg can be traced onto a single piece of tissue paper, or the pattern can be cut into three parts and traced onto three different colors of tissue paper.
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 colored cellophane, and vellum is available in a variety of colors and patterns at craft and scrapbooking stores.
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 goes through the tissue paper and makes a sticky mess.
Tip: A glue stick works well.
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 to make 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, 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.
That's it! Your Easter
suncatchers are ready to hang!