Catch the Colors of Fall with this Fun Craft!

Bring the beauty of fall indoors with these fall leaf sun catchers! This is a fun craft that can be easily made with a few materials that might already be in your kitchen.

All you need is:

  • White round coffee filters
  • Liquid watercolor paint or food coloring
  • Paper to make leaf template (You can draw your own or use ours)
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush or dropper


First create your leaf template! It will be used as a guide to cut the coffee filters into leave shapes! Once you have your leaf guide grab your coffee filters and start cutting! Due to the thin nature of the coffee filters you can pile 3-5 filters to cut through at once to speed up the process.

After you have your leaves cut out its time for the color! To have fun without extra mess we recommend using a plate or a tray to put underneath the leaves you are painting! We made our own trays out of aluminum foil. Now, begin painting your masterpieces! Liquid watercolors or food coloring (diluted with a few drops of water) work best for coloring the leaves. We used red, yellow and orange to stick with the fall theme. Once your colors are ready, use an eyedropper or paintbrush to apply to the paint to the leaf.

When the leaves are finished you may want to gently move them to a safe (liquid resistant) surface to dry. A plastic bag or aluminum foil would work well! And be careful when moving your leaves they are a little delicate when wet. After the leaves have been moved to a safe location allow them to dry fully!

Once the leaves have fully dry pick them up and add some tape! You will want to create a tape loop and stick it to your creation. After that simply stick them to a window with a loop of tape sticky side out. My girls got excited about the fall theme and ended up adding a few pumpkins too.  Once the colorful creations are hung up, stand back and enjoy the beautiful color shining through!

We hope that you enjoy this fun colorful craft and would love to see your creations so please send us pictures!

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