Leaf Collage Suncatchers

An easy and fun activity that uses brightly coloured fall leaves to create a beautiful piece of art to hang in your window! Please note: this activity requires adult supervision.

What You'll Need

  • Collected fallen leaves
  • Wax paper
  • An iron
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • String or yarn
  • Glitter, confetti, or wax crayon shavings (optional)

What to Do

  1. Go outside and gather a bunch of leaves that are different shapes, sizes, and colours.
  2. Arrange the leaves on top of a piece of wax paper.
    • You can make the wax paper any size you want. About the size of a regular piece of printing paper (8.5 x 11 in) works well!
    • Try to leave a little bit of space between each of the leaves for the sun to shine through!
  3. If you would like, you can add some glitter, confetti, or wax crayon shavings to your arrangement of leaves to give your suncatcher some sparkle.
  4. Place another piece of wax paper that is the same size on top of the leaves so that the leaves and the sparkles are in between the two pieces of wax paper.
  5. This step will be done by an adult. Using the hot iron, carefully run the iron over the wax paper to press the two pieces of wax paper together, sealing the leaves inside.
    • This step requires adult supervision. To avoid burns, make sure the kids are not touching the hot iron or the wax paper until it has cooled off.
  6. Once the wax paper has been ironed and cooled off, use the scissors to cut the wax paper into fun shapes or to trim the edges if they are uneven.
  7. Use a hole punch to make a hole in your wax paper leaf collage. Then, thread some string or yarn through the hole and tie the string in a loop so you can hang your leaf collage suncatcher in the window.
  8. Hang your awesome leaf collage suncatcher in a bright and sunny place!

Ask Yourself

  • Why do the leaves change colours?
  • Do all trees lose their leaves?
  • What kind of tree are your leaves from? (Hint: look at the shapes and sizes and compare to the leaves that are still on the trees around you)