As Easter is approaching I wanted to make something special to capture the beauty of what Jesus did on the cross. Suncatchers are one of my favorite crafts for kids. They’re easy to make and they look amazing in the windows.
For me these cross suncatchers capture the story of Easter so well. The dark cross is surrounded by color and light just as Jesus’s death lead to the glory of the resurrection.
As we hung our suncatchers in the window, I couldn’t help but think about the beautiful stained-glass windows that filled the churches of my childhood. For centuries people used art to teach others about Jesus. Somehow I feel like we are participating in that history and tradition as we use art and crafts to teach the Bible to our own kids. While tissue paper suncatchers make a great Easter craft, they’ll look beautiful in your windows all year long.
Bible lesson ideas:
You can easily tie this craft into a variety of kids Bible lessons. While it would go well with a lesson on the Easter story, you could also use it to teach about church history or Christian art. Here are a few ideas for additional activities:
- Visit a local church with stained-glass windows.
- Watch a video about how stained glass is made.
- Research how stained glass windows were used throughout church history.
- Study a Christian artist.
Thinking about all of these lesson ideas makes me wish I homeschooled my kids! Our preschooler and elementary age kids loved making their cross suncatchers. I can’t wait to hear how you use this craft in your own Bible lessons.
Let’s make “stained-glass” cross suncatchers!
What You’ll Need:
- Black paper plates
- Colorful tissue paper
- Contact paper
- Cross template
- A bowl (about the same size as your paper plates)
We found all of our supplies at the dollar store, which made this a super cheap craft. You could easily put them together for a Sunday school class, a homeschool group, or a classroom.
It’s a lot easier to make these after you watch someone do it. To watch me make a suncatcher from start to finish visit our Facebook page for the video tutorial.
- Cut your tissue paper into small shapes.
- You can get as creative as you want with your designs. We cut ours into squares, circles, and long strips to create several different styles.
- Cut out the center of your paper plate.
- Leave it whole because you’ll be using the center to make the cross.
- Make the cross.
- Cut out your cross template and trace it onto the circle you cut out of the paper plate. Cut out the black cross.
- Make contact paper circles.
- Place the paper plate circle onto a sheet of contact paper and trace the center opening.
- When you cut out the contact paper circle, cut it about a half inch larger than the circle you drew. You want the contact paper circle to be larger than your paper plate opening.
- Repeat this step to create two contact paper circles.
- Stick the contact paper to the paper plate.
- Place the paper plate circle onto a bowl, black side up.
- Peel off the contact paper backing and place it over the opening of the paper plate, sticky side down.
- Decorate the plate.
- Flip the paper plate over and place the cross in the center, black side down.
- Cover the contact paper with tissue paper pieces.
- Seal it up.
- Peel off the backing of the second piece of contact paper and cover the back of the plate to seal the tissue paper in place.
- All done! Time to hang it in your window and let the sun shine through.
So pretty! You can see how they turned out with different tissue paper shapes. If you decide to use the strips, make sure you trim the edges before you put on the back piece of contact paper. I love them all! Make sure you tag me on Facebook or Instagram if you make them so I can see how yours turned out.
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