Here’s a simple activity you can do for Earth Day! Make this Earth Suncatcher Craft with kids for Earth Day or as a fun activity to learn about our world. We make it easy with our free printable template you can get at the bottom of the post. And the best part is you can also use recycled materials to make it!

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Earth Suncatcher Craft for Kids

 

Earth Suncatcher Craft For Kids

You can make this full craft with recycled materials if you’d like – you will need recycled flat plastic instead of laminating sheets. And we love to save tissue paper from gifts – so keep your tissue paper because they make pretty suncatchers!

If you love recycled projects, check out my book – Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials. It has over 60 recycled crafts – everything from cardboard, paper rolls, egg cartons and more!

 

Earth Day Suncatcher Craft

Supplies Needed To Make an Earth Suncatcher

  •  Clear Contact Paper  or Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets
  • Note – to make this suncatcher out of all recycled materials you will need a flat piece of clear plastic (from a packaging you’ve received). Then you can use mod podge to glue the tissue paper pieces on to the plastic, which will dry clear. You can follow the same steps below for the rest of the steps.
  • Tissue Paper  or tissue paper squares in blue and green
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape or Sticky Adhesive Dots (for hanging)
  • Free Printable Template – you can get the template at the bottom of the post

 

 

Watch The Video Tutorial

 

How To Make An Earth Suncatcher

1. Cut up your tissue paper into small squares. We used a turquoise blue and a lime green. You can also find tissue paper that comes in pre-cut squares.

Save your tissue paper from gifts because you can re-use it to make any kind of suncatcher like these!

Cut up tissue papers into squares

 

2. Print off the template. You can get the template at the bottom of the post.

You can also draw your own Earth template or have kids just add the tissue paper on in their own pattern.

Note: You’ll notice that the template is reversed. This is so that when you flip the suncatcher over to see your design it will be the correct way.

Print Earth Template Out

3. Next, add the self-laminating paper on top of the template with sticky side up.

You can also use Contact paper and cut it to the size of the template.

With the template underneath, kids can now use this as a guide to add their tissue paper in the shape of the Earth.

Add Self Laminating Paper on Top

 

4. Start to add the tissue paper on the sticky laminating paper. Don’t worry if your tissue paper goes outside of the lines, this will get trimmed later.

Add the green to the areas where the continents are on the Earth.

Add Green Tissue Paper to Land Parts

Keep filling in these areas with green.

Keep Adding Green Tissue Paper

 

5. Now you can fill the remaining areas with the blue tissue paper.

Add Blue Tissue Paper to Water Parts

 

6. Carefully lay another piece of contact paper or self-laminating paper on top of the tissue paper shape, sticky side down.

Slowly smooth it out to get rid of any creases or air bubbles.

Add Self Laminating Paper on Top

7. Cut out your suncatcher.

Cut out Suncatcher Earth

8. Use double sided tape or sticky adhesive dots (like glue dots) to stick to the window.

arth Suncatcher Craft for Earth Day

Get the free Earth Template Here!

Get the free printable Earth Template Here

We just love how beautiful this Earth Suncatcher is! And it’s an easy and fun activity to do for Earth Day also!

If you love recycled projects, check out my book – Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials. It has over 60 recycled crafts – everything from cardboard, paper rolls, egg cartons and more!

 

See how to make these Leaf Suncatchers next! 

Leaf Suncatcher Craft