Take advantage of the Upstate’s multitude of sunny summer days with a craft project that your kids — with a little help from mom or dad — can easily make. You and the kids can create unique designs and shapes with a few items that you probably already have.

Everyone can get involved with this one! Younger kids can be responsible for tearing the paper, while older kids can help select the pieces and glue them in place.


  • Tissue paper; assorted solid colors, torn into small pieces (2 – 3 inches)
  • Metal coat hanger or heavy-gauge floral wire
  • Washi or duct tape
  • Mod Podge or other white glue
  • Foam brushes
  • Wax paper
  • Pliers/wire cutters, if needed


  1. Bend hanger or wire into desired shape. If using wire, leave enough length at one end for a hanging loop.
  2. Bend hook end of hanger down to meet the twist, creating a loop. If using wire, bend unshaped end into a loop and twist together to secure.
  3. Wrap with tape. Make sure to add additional layers to the twisted section to cover any sharp ends.
  4. Lay on flat surface covered with wax paper.
  5. Brush edges of tissue paper pieces lightly with glue. Start on the outside, overlapping edges of paper until outer edge is covered. Continue gluing pieces to fill the center of the shape. Let dry.

To avoid gluing your fingers to the paper, using the tip of the brush, gently tap on the edges to adhere them. Occasionally lift the project off the wax paper to ensure it is not glued to the surface. For a glossy finish, gently paint a coat of glue over the finished piece and hang to dry. Hang in a widow and watch the colors dance around the room.

Get creative! With a little planning, you can make paper suncatchers that rival those you buy in stores. Try bending the wire into a butterfly shape and cut orange and black tissue to match the markings of a Monarch butterfly. Or combine two concentric shapes to create a one-of-a-kind picture frame. You are limited only by your time and imagination.

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Don’t forget to check back next week for another Upstate Parent web exclusive, kid-friendly craft.

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