Suncatcher Elmer The Elephant Craft

I’ve had lots of fun sharing Elmer the Elephant crafts on the Crafts on Sea Facebook page this week and as it’s quite a new story to us I thought it might be nice to try an Elmer craft of our own with this cute suncatcher!

Elmer the elephant craft

To make an Elmer Suncatcher you will need:

Coloured paper or card

A picture of Elmer to copy

Baking paper

Tissue paper in assorted colours

Googley eyes (my son is obsessed with them, I had no say in the matter)

Sticky back plastic. I bought some in a local shop for 99p that was advertised as being for covering school books

How to make it:

Firstly I traced a picture of Elmer from a book using the super old school method with a bit of baking paper and a pencil. You draw, turn it over and then place it on your coloured paper, tracing it again meaning that you get the outline on your coloured paper. I haven’t done that since school, go me.

Then I cut around the drawing leaving about a centimeter margin of paper to make an outline. I also cut out a curved line to make the shape of an ear.

My son and I then placed our Elmer shapes coloured side down on the sticky back plastic, adding the ear shape and an eye or two.

Elmer the elephantWe then cut square shapes out of the tissue paper and put these over Elmers body. Place another sheet of sticky back plastic on top to seal it and you’re done!

I made a little loop of thread through the top of them so he could hang them in his window.

This was a really nice craft because we could sit and do one each. I’ve always been a bit hands off with kids art but I’ve noticed that in his playgroup they show what the finished article ‘should’ look like which I think is a good idea if you’re trying out a new idea. Of course this doesn’t mean that your child has to follow the rules and do what you tell them, that would be really boring anyway!

elmer the elephant activities for kidsPerfect as Elmer is all about how it’s fun to be a bit different! If you like this you might also enjoy my round up of crafts and activities for reading Miffy at the Seaside.


  1. 31st July 2014 / 9:51 am

    I do like a sun catcher. I still have my daughter’s Easter egg hanging up which she made at Brownies.

  2. 31st July 2014 / 11:51 am

    This is a great idea!! Love Elmer the Elephant!! So cute!

  3. 31st July 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Wow wow and wow just amazing could never do something like this .x

  4. 31st July 2014 / 8:30 pm

    We love making our own suncatchers but we’ve never read an Elmer book!

  5. 1st August 2014 / 7:05 am

    This looks so simple and yet so effective. Will be having a go later with the kids

  6. 1st August 2014 / 7:38 am

    I love this idea, ive sent it to my sister-in-law as a project to do with my niece and nephew as I think they would love it x

  7. 2nd August 2014 / 9:10 am

    I love this! We are big Elmer fans in this house and read the stories regularly. This looks brilliant.

  8. 2nd August 2014 / 8:25 pm

    I remember we used to do crafts like this when I was in school but I have not seen anyone do these in Ecuador. I pinned your post and will be introducing this to the teachers here ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 3rd August 2014 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you, that’s a lovely thing to say ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  9. 3rd August 2014 / 7:23 pm

    What a lovely idea. I’d enjoy making this, let alone the kids

  10. 5th August 2014 / 8:57 am

    Wonderful idea – these would look great on my daughters’ windows!

  11. 5th August 2014 / 9:18 am

    We adore Elmer in this house! Adore the sun catches, such a fun creative idea. Thank you for sharing.

  12. 5th August 2014 / 11:12 am

    Looks cute! I agree that the fun is in letting kids have their way. Love the new look of your blog, by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 5th August 2014 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Not ashamed to say I love it too!!

  13. 5th August 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Wow! These are wonderful! Elmer is a favourite in our house and this would be perfect for my daughter. Thank you for sharing.

  14. 6th August 2014 / 7:55 pm

    aw, I love that. It looks great and fun to make, being reactive with the colours etc.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  15. 10th August 2014 / 10:52 pm

    Oh wow! This is fantastic, my kids are going to love making an Elmer Elephant!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  16. 11th September 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Oh he is very lovely indeed. I have never made a sun catcher, but it’s a lovely use of light and colour xx

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