DIY Sun Catchers

Turn Your Child’s Artwork into DIY Sun Catchers

These DIY Sun Catchers are a fun weekend craft for both adults and older kids. It’s a beautiful way to capture your child’s artwork through the sunlight of your windows.

The Gallery Glass Everyday Sun Catcher Kit comes with 30 unique designs like an adorable unicorn, pineapple, or cactus, but I thought it’d be fun to use Mia’s (8 years old) water color painting instead!

Use this technique to make sun catchers of:

  • Favorite characters from books
  • Favorite characters from coloring books
  • Images and artwork on a cereal box or a cardboard toy box
  • Photos of family and friends
  • Any images you find on cards or book covers

Here is a picture of her painting that I used.

I made a video tutorial of the entire project. You can watch it here. Below you will also find the steps written out.

Watch the DIY Sun Catchers Video Tutorial

Making Your DIY Sun Catchers

Time: 30 Minutes to 1 Hour (plus dry time)

This makes a great weekend project to do with the kids since there are long drying times.


This materials list contains Amazon affiliate links.


You can make these DIY sun catchers in four easy steps.

Step One: First, place your child’s art, underneath the Plaid Simply Stencils leading blank. The smooth side of the sheet should be facing up. I used the 8X10 leading blanks and like them because you can reuse them and are easy to clean with just soap and water.

Step Two: Use the Gallery Glass Simulated Liquid Leading to trace the outlines of your child’s art. Allow this to dry for 8 hours. These paints come in several different colors. I chose to work with what I already had. The affiliate link I shared is a great option, as it comes in 18 different colors in a pack.

Step Three: Next, fill in the areas with the window color of choice. Keep in mind that the color is slightly brighter and deeper, once the paint in fully dry. Allow it to dry for 8 hours.

Step Four: Lastly, peel the sun catcher from the leading blank. Place it on your window or any other glass surface! My daughter moves them from the windows in the dining room and living rooms to her bedroom and bathroom mirrors.

You can do this with almost any photo. My daughter had an idea of using coloring book picture to copy your favorite characters and designs.

Make different DIY Sun Catchers for holidays and parties to dress up any window or glass surface.

To purchase these products you can use my Amazon links above or you can find them at craft stores like Michael’s Craft Store or large retailers like Walmart and Home Depot.

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