Hanukkah Sun Catchers


  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Scissors
    • (Optional) Glue

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Ideal Age Range:

18 months+

Mess Factor:

Low

Prep Time:

About 10 -15 minutes. This activity is more prep than active time. The younger your children, the more you should do in advance. Read below for the details!


Finished sun catcher in our window

This project includes templates to make either a Star of David or a Dreidel. You can print those at the end of this post.

For any age child, cut a piece of contact paper to size. Have a few pieces of masking or painters tape ready, remove the backing and place the contact paper sticky-side up in your work area. Tape it down in a few places to keep it from moving.

Older kids can cut their own shape out to make the frame. They can also cut the tissue paper into small squares. (I like using the 4″ square pieces of tissue paper, so it makes prepping these little pieces really quick!) For kids that aren’t handy with scissor skills yet, you can prep these ahead of time.

If you want to add sequin details to your sun catcher, have the glue ready with some choices of sequins. Younger kids may find it easier to use a paint brush for the glue.

Active Instructions:

  1. Cut out your chosen template.
  2. Use your template to cut the shape out of your construction paper.
Step 1 – cut out your template

Step 3 – cut construction paper to size

  1. Poke a hole in your construction paper and cut out your shape, creating a 1/2″ – 3/4″ frame.
    • Older kids who were able to do all of the cutting up to this point may need help with this step or getting it started.
  2. If you haven’t already, cut your contact paper to size to fit your shape. Remove the backing and place the contact paper sticky side up Use a few pieces of masking or painters tape to secure it in place.
Step 3 – create a frame with your construction paper

Step 4 – cut contact paper to size

  1. Press your shape frame down onto the sticky side of the contact paper. Invite children to press firmly down all along the frame to make sure it is secure.
  2. If you haven’t prepped these already, cut various shades of blue, yellow + white tissue paper. I cut some into squares and some into rectangles. Either is fine and these don’t need to be perfect.
Step 5 – place frame onto contact paper

Step 6 – cut tissue paper into smaller pieces

  1. Have your child place pieces of tissue paper onto the contact paper. Continue placing different colors until the entire frame is full.
    • Don’t worry if some pieces extend over the frame.
  2. When your shape is full, cut out the shape along the outer edge of the construction paper frame.
Step 7 – place pieces of tissue paper

Full shape – right before we cut

  1. Once your shape is cut out, you can use a few additional pieces of scotch tape to secure it to the window.
  2. (Optional) – If you’d like to include sequins or glitter, use glue to decorate the non-sticky side of the construction paper frame and apply sequins. Wait for this to dry before hanging on the window.
    • You can put sequins in the middle of the frame if you’d like, but try to keep a lot of space open for the light to come through (since that is what makes this a sun catcher).

Whatever shape you choose, this is a quick project that easily has a pretty end result. Since contact paper rolls are so large, you can also replicate this project for many different themes!

Shape Templates

You can download your shape template here:


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