Flower Suncatcher - A Beautiful Kids Craft using Real Flowers

A quiet walk in the sunshine inspired this beautiful nature craft using real flowers. After going outside to pick some flowers we returned home to make a real flower suncatcher. This easy nature craft using a paper plate and contact paper makes a fun outdoor activity for toddlers or preschoolers to enjoy over the Spring and summer months. They will love collecting nature and making their suncatcher independently. 

How to make a flower suncatcher.  A simple nature craft using real flowers.  A perfect summer or spring activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Are you looking for more summer craft ideas? Take a look at our collection of easy outdoor art ideas for kids.  There are some really fun ideas to try and something for all ages. Some of our favourite outdoor activities are nature paintbrushes, bubble snake and water pistol painting.





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  • Paper plates
  • Sticky backed plastic/ contact paper
  • Flowers


How to make a real flower suncatcher


Daisy loves nature and will spend hours walking along and pointing out things of interest.  She was really excited when I gave her a bag to collect flowers in and happily began picking flowers to put in her bag. On our walk through the park we mainly found daisies and a few buttercups, but any flowers would work well for this craft.

Picking flowers is a great activity for working on toddlers fine motor skills.

real flower suncatcher craft for toddlers and preschoolers

On our return to the house I cut out the centre of a paper plate and gave Daisy some crayons to add some patterns around the edge. I took a crayon myself to show her what to do and she copied what I was doing with her own crayon. Whilst daisy was colouring I cut a piece of sticky backed plastic (contact paper) into a circle. I made it slightly bigger than the hole  and stuck it to the back of the paper plate.

Daisy took her flowers out of her bag and I showed her how to stick them onto the sticky backed plastic.  Once I had shown her what to do she didn't want any help and was very happy independently creating her design.

How to make a flower suncatcher.  A simple nature craft using real flowers.  A perfect summer or spring activity for toddlers and preschoolers

When Daisy had finished her design I added a second circle of sticky backed plastic on top of the flowers to keep the real flowers in place. We hung the paper plate flower suncatcher in the window so that the sun could shine through it. 

Real flower suncatcher craft for toddlers and preschoolers. A simple summer nature activity for kids that works on those all important fine motor skills.

Daisy was really proud of her artwork and enjoyed pointing at it saying 'look'.

Older children may enjoy making patterns using flower petals like we did in our flower petal suncatcher craft we made last year.


Artwork by Daisy: Age 23 months



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  1. A beautiful suncatcher - I love the idea of kids exploring nature and using natural materials in their art. What better way to get them looking closely at and exploring the world around them.

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