Valentine’s Sun Catchers

The boys and I got crafty yesterday morning and made some sun catchers. I had been thinking of our upcoming trip to visit my mother in law who is in the hospital 3 hours away. She’s been ill since around late September and just got out of the ICU before Christmas, but she still has a long way to go. I was trying to think of something the boys could make that we could bring her since she misses them a lot and they are not able to visit. She only has one small table and no wall space, so what I came up with was a sun catcher because she does have one skinny window beside her bed. We made hearts for Valentine’s Day.

 sun catcher hearts

Valentine Sun Catchers

You’ll Need

Contact Paper (mac tac, clear shelving paper)
Tissue Paper 

I cut the heart shape out of contact paper (sometimes called mac tac or clear shelving paper), and peeled of the backing paper. Then I gave the boys pieces of tissue paper that I just cut up as we went along. (you could also have your kids rip their own pieces of tissue) The boys just had to stick the paper on wherever they wanted, even overlapping with other colours. Even my little guy could do this one and it was really clean because the paper is self sticking. so easy! When they were done I cut a second piece of contact paper larger than the heart and laid it out on top, sealing the tissue paper in. Then I cut along the edge of the original heart to trim it up. Cellophane would also look really nice and really let in the light.

They are colourful and pretty and make a perfect Valentine’s gift!


  1. These are so cute! We have tons of tissue paper at home so we could try this today. Thanks for the idea and thanks for linking up to Family Fun Friday! 🙂

  2. Kristi Duncan says:

    Does the heart just stick to the window?

  3. Those are so pretty. What a thoughtful gift for your Mother-in-law. I’m sure it brightens her day to look over and see them in the window. Thank you for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday.

  4. I loved making these when I was in school. And I totally adore the ones my boy made years ago…..hopefully we’ll be doing these with my girl soon!

  5. These are so pretty , my girls would love making them

  6. Very cute idea!! Could you use wax paper if you don’t have contact paper? And then just use clear drying glue for the tissue squares?

    • momvstheboys says:

      I remember a craft from when we were young where my mom would iron the wax paper sheets, you could try that. put the tissue in between and then try ironing the two sheets.

  7. This are so pretty! I am going to make these with my girls.

  8. Where do u find the contact paper? Luv these!

  9. so pretty just like stained glass!

  10. These look good as Easter eggs, too! 🙂

  11. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    These are so pretty and kids really love it when their art is on display for all to see. 🙂

  12. kathy downey says:

    I can wait to try these with the grandkids,so pretty

  13. kathy downey says:

    We made a few and the kids enjoy making them !

  14. Perfect for a dreary winter day!

  15. Would be so pretty with the sun shining through them. Great gift for someone who is stuck in bed.

  16. They are gorgeous. I will try them next year.

  17. Elva Roberts says:

    This Valentine Craft is really unique and pretty. I am sure their grandmother thinks of the boys every time she looks at her window. They are beautiful and I thank you for sharing with us.

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