Stained Glass Pumpkin Suncatcher

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!

Stained Glass Pumpkin

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To make your stained glass pumpkin suncatcher you will need:

Coloured cellophane


Orange card

Black paper

Sticky back plastic (contact paper)


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!

Pumpkin craft templateThen 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.

How to make a stained glass pumpkinSigh…man I love that washi tape!!

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 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!

Stained Glass Pumpkin Craft for Kids

I think it looks super cute and I’m sure it will be scaring away lots of people on Halloween 😉

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  1. 29th September 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Aw this is so cute! Good activity that I can do with my oldest children and even my toddler. Thanks for sharing:)

  2. 30th September 2014 / 5:43 am

    This looks really cute, and would make nice Halloween decor too!

  3. 30th September 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Love this, definitely have to try this with my three, they would really enjoy making these 🙂 #letkidsbekids

  4. 30th September 2014 / 5:50 pm

    This would be a great activity for my 3 kids aged 2,4 and 6 to do together. They lok really cool as well! I m off to pin it! #letkidsbekids

  5. 30th September 2014 / 7:46 pm

    This is great. The cellophane adds a lovely vibrancy to the finished pumpkin. Pinning to my Halloween board x

  6. 1st October 2014 / 5:31 pm

    Lovely idea, lots of fun and creative.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  7. 6th October 2014 / 6:51 am

    What a lovely idea. I really like the idea of a sun catcher, I must give it a go with my two! Thanks for linking up with #Playtime

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