With Halloween stuff filling up the shops I thought it might be fun to make a stained glass pumpkin suncatcher. We had loads of fun recently making our Elmer suncatchers and when I saw some brightly coloured cellophane for sale I thought it would be a great way to make the colours a bit brighter than with tissue paper! The end result looks like stained glass and it also gave us a great opportunity to talk about colour mixing!
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To make your stained glass pumpkin suncatcher you will need:
Needle and thread
Lets make it!
The first thing I did was to cut out a pumpkin shape from the orange card, I drew it in pencil first as I was a bit worried about going freehand!
Then I invited my son to join in. We stuck the shape down on some sticky back plastic. My handy hint here is to stick down each corner with some selotape or washi tape as that stuff will stick to anything going near it, ie my toddlers hands about 468 times.
I also cut out a ‘scary face’ from paper he’d previously painted black. If you do have some black card that you can use then go for it and you could also use the black card to make the pumpkin shape as I’ve done in the video below.
We then both cut out some shapes to fill it in. I did the majority as he’s still a bit unsteady with the scissors and I like to keep to the amount he’s comfortable about doing but this is a great way for your kids to practice their scissor skills. He’s pretty happy to do all the sticking though! Using coloured cellophane for this craft rather than tissue paper is great as it’s easy for kids to cut and is far brighter than if you use something else – perfect for letting the colours really poop when the sun streams through it.
I wasn’t sure if he knew about colour mixing so as well as doing orange for the main bit of the pumpkin we also did red and yellow so I could show him how orange is made. He then wanted more of these colours so I think that worked! Once he deemed it finished we put another piece of sticky back plastic on the top to hold it all in place. This is what our pumpkin suncatcher looked like.
We then cut around the edge of the shape and our stained glass pumpkin was ready to be hung up in the window, all it needed was a needle and thread so it could be hung up.
If you’d like to see how to make this pumpkin suncatcher (and it always makes me feel a bit more confident before I attempt something with the kids!) then check out my video of how to make it.
If your kids enjoyed this craft make sure you check out my new book 30 Halloween Crafts for Kids which is full of fun, achievable and cool ideas!
I think it looks super cute and I’m sure it will be scaring away lots of people on Halloween 😉
If you’re crafting your way through the seasons do follow my autumn and Halloween Pinterest board for loads of gorgeous seasonal inspiration!
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