This stained glass pumpkin suncatcher is an easy Halloween craft that I made with my kids a few years ago and every Halloween it’s been crazy popular. Of course it’s not really glass but the materials used mean the colours are a bit brighter than you would get with tissue paper and with the end result looks like stained glass which also gave us a great opportunity to talk about colour mixing.
This pumpkin craft for kids but is a great activity for toddlers or preschoolers as it’s great for fine motor skills and you can use it to discuss colour mixing practice and scissor skills too!
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Easy Pumpkin Suncatcher
This pumpkin suncatcher is a super easy craft to make and was a collaborative project between myself (doing any tricky cutting) and my son who was then a preschooler, if I can make this with a preschooler then you can make it too!
This was a really popular craft with my son and it stayed up in his window for months – always a good sign of something that they’ve enjoyed doing! It does take a little preparation work as you’ll see (doesn’t everything really though) but it’s a great way to make a simple Halloween decoration and we enjoyed learning how to make the colour orange as well.
If you like to see how something has been made, and I often find these helpful, then you can check out the video tutorial I’ve shared on this page but of course I’ve also shared the written instructions for this craft too. You’ll also find lots more ideas for easy Halloween crafts for kids at the end of this post.
Should you use cellophane or tissue paper to make a suncatcher?
Of course it’s completely up to you to choose what material to use to colour your suncatcher and I’ve seen both ways looking great.
We use coloured cellophane because it tends to be brighter so I personally prefer the finished craft, the colours really pp when the sun streams through it. I also think it’s a bit easier to see the colours mixing with cellophane but that could just be me.
Another benefit of cellophane is that if you’ve been saving those cellophane sweet wrappers this is totally the time to use them up!
Cellophane is really easy to cut, scissors pretty much glide through it, but if you want a little more resistance then go for the tissue paper.
Want to make a pumpkin craft that’s not a Jack O’Lantern?
I know that not everyone celebrates Halloween so if you want to make this pumpkin suncatcher to celebrate autumn, harvest or Thanksgiving instead just leave out the bit about adding the face. You could even make our apple suncatchers at the same time and create a window full of fruit and vegetables.
Free Pumpkin Craft Template
Since I wrote this post I’ve also shared a free pumpkin template that you might find helpful for making the outline of this craft with, make sure you check it out.
Pumpkin Suncatcher Materials:
How to make a pumpkin suncatcher craft for Halloween
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! You can of course use the template above as a guide if you would prefer.
TIP: stick down each corner with some sellotape or washi tape as contact paper 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 on this page.
TIP: Stick down your pumpkins eyes and mouth first so that they are securely in place exactly where you want them.
We then both cut out some shapes from cellophane 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!
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.
I 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.
TIP: If you don’t want to use a needle and thread you can make a piece of sellotape into a small loop and use that to stick your suncatcher to a window.
If your kids enjoyed this craft make sure you check out my 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 😉
- Optional: needle and thread
- Sticky back plastic (contact paper)
- Card black and orange
- Washi tape or sellotape
- Stick some sticky back plastic down, sticky side up, using washi tape or sellotape
- Cut a pumpkin shape out of card, cutting out the middle to give a edge of around 1-2 centimetres
- Stick the pumpkin shape onto the sticky back plastic
- Cut eyes and mouth out of black paper and card
- Stick the eyes and mouth onto the pumpkin shape
- Cut shapes out of yellow, red and orange cellophane
- Stick the cellophane onto the pumpkin
- Seal the back of the pumpkin by placing another piece of sticky back plastic onto it
- Cut out the pumpkin
- Display either using a needle and thread to hang it or with blutack or sellotape
Easy Halloween Crafts
We love the 3D nose on this fun paper plate witch
Or make this super easy ghost craft.
Finally this paper bag witch makes a great DIY puppet too.