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How to Make a Suncatcher

Ask your family if anyone has an old CD lying around—maybe a scratched one from your mom or dad, or one of baby lullabies that your brother or sister has outgrown. They'll be amazed when you transform their trash into a shiny window decoration.


  • Step 1: Pick base Pick one color of glitter contact paper as your base and lay the CD on a piece of it.
  • Step 2: Trace CD Trace around the CD with a pencil.
  • Step 3: Cut out circle Cut out the circle of contact paper.
  • Step 4: Stick to CD Carefully peel off the backing from the contact paper and carefully stick it to the non-shiny side of CD so that you're covering up any writing or designs on the disc.
  • TIP: Make sure you have the contact paper centered before you press it down, and smooth it a little bit at a time to avoid making wrinkles or air bubbles in it.
  • Step 5: Cut shape for hole Cut a shape—like a star, a circle, or a heart—out of some contact paper and use it to cover the hole on the shiny side of the CD.
  • Step 6: Decorate CD Now get creative! Cut out shapes from the other pieces of contact paper and stick them on the CD. You can draw designs and cut them out or use hole punches in different shapes.
  • TIP: Stickers will work too—just be sure to use ones that are shiny or glittery.
  • Step 7: Cut out 2 shapes When you're finished decorating your suncatcher, cut out two identical shapes of contact paper about the size of a quarter.
  • TIP: Fold or stack two pieces of contact paper so when you cut out your shape you automatically cut two matching pieces.
  • Step 8: Create tab Peel the backing off of one and stick it to the top of your suncatcher so that half of it is attached and the other half sticks up. Now do the same on the other side, being careful to line up the two pieces exactly, and press their tops together. You'll hang the suncatcher from this tab.
  • Step 9: Punch hole Punch a hole through the top of the tab.
  • Step 10: Hang suncatcher Loop a piece of yarn or string through the hole, tie the ends together, then hang your creation in a window where it can catch some rays.
  • FACT: The sun has existed for about four and a half billion years and will probably keep shining for another five billion.

You Will Need

  • An old CD
  • Glitter contact paper
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A grown-up
  • A hole punch
  • Yarn or string
  • Hole punches in different shapes (optional)
  • Shiny stickers (optional)

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