Chinese Lantern Suncatcher

Jan 13, 2023 | DIY Crafts, DIY Holiday Crafts, DIY Projects

Using clear contact paper and cellophane, you can easily make this suncatcher with a lunar lantern theme! It looks great in the window and is clean.

My kids adore making suncatchers. They are my go-to craft when one of them asks me to make something and I don’t want to think too much about it because they are so quick and simple to set up.

Yesterday, in anticipation of Chinese New Year, I created a sweet activity for my 3-year-old daughter to make a suncatcher out of Chinese lanterns.


Material needed to make a Chinese lantern sun catcher:
Cellophane squares
Contact paper


How to make a Chinese lantern sun catcher:

First draw your Chinese lantern. I drew mine with a black Sharpie on a piece of white paper but it might be easier to draw on black paper and cut it out. Make sure you leave lots of spaces to fill with colour.

Chinese lantern

I cut pieces of red cellophane into small pieces and placed the Chinese lantern on a piece of contact paper.

Chinese lantern activity

My daughter loves contact paper and when she wasn’t sticking her hands all over it she carefully placed pieces of cellophane into the gaps. When she had filled all the spaces we placed another piece of contact paper over it to seal it. Then I cut round the lantern to remove any extra pieces.

Chinese lantern activity

We love our Chinese lantern and have hung it up in the window. I think it’s calling out for some tassles so I’m going to have to look for some ribbons to add to the bottom.

Chinese lantern sun catcher

I am linking up this post with some other parent bloggers who are sharing some brilliant Chinese New Year crafts:


Baby Basket
Adventure Academy
Fun Suits Marvel
Capalbos Gift Baskets Fathers Day
Adagio Teas
Karat Earthother