This DIY pressed flower suncatcher is super simple to make and a beautiful decoration for any home! They look gorgeous in a sunny window and are the perfect gift for mother’s day or any other occasion. I used fresh flowers and mason jar lids to make this a recycled eco-friendly project too. I can also pull out the flowers and reuse the lids later so a win-win!
What do you need to make theses DIY pressed flower suncatchers?
Fresh Flowers- these can be from your own garden, the store or from a nature walk. We went on a nature walk and picked tiny flowers since the mason jar lids aren’t very big.
Mason Jar Lids- I just grabbed some extras from my kitchen and removed the metal insert. I like that I can reuse these when we are done enjoying our suncatchers.
Tape or contact paper- I opted to use tape because it was what I had on hand but contact paper is a great choice. I actually typically use this biodegradable tape so I can compost when I’m done crafting but I was out of that today so I just used regular clear packing tape.
Sting- I use compost friendly hemp but of course any string will work just fine.
Crystals- I opted to add some crystals my girls found when we “mined” crystals at a local farm. I personally love crystals and they are really beautiful when the light hits them.
How do you make a DIY pressed flower suncatcher?
These are very easy to make and perfect for virtually any age.
1. Find your flowers
2. Tape down your tape or contact paper. I laid out 4 piece of tape sticky side up and then taped down the top and bottom so they wouldn’t move. I overlapped them slightly to make one large sheet of sticky tape. I would recommend doing the same with a sheet of contact paper, tape the edges down so it doesn’t come up when you accidentally stick your fingers on it.
3. Trace circles onto your tape. This step is optional but it gives you an idea of what will appear in your suncatcher frame. You can skip this and trace after everything is down but be aware you may end up with one of the buds outside of your cutting area. Also be aware that whatever you trace is slightly smaller than the mason jar area so its ok to cut a bit wider than your circle and lay flowers a bit outside the circle you traced.
4. Press flowers onto the stick side of your tape or a piece of contact paper. Add as many or few as you’d like. I really enjoyed adding greenery with my pressed flowers to give it a more full effect but again this is totally customizable.
5. After you’ve filled each of your flower sun catchers frames the way you want take a piece of contact paper or multiple tape pieces and tape them down on top of the flowers. This will of course make flat flowers and greenery which is what you want for a beautiful pressed flower suncatcher. You could add heavy books here to press the flowers down and make everything flatter but it is not necessary.
6. Cut your circles out. I used regular scissors and cut some of mine a little larger than what I traced to help fill the frame. I would not worry about marker showing up because once these are hanging with the flower art in them you really can’t see any traced marker parts.
7. Tie stings to your mason jar lids.
What variations can you make with your own Pressed flower suncatcher?
This nature craft is endlessly customizable. The easiest way to customize this is with what you actually put in the suncatcher portion. You can use tissue paper, store bought flowers, fake flowers, fake butterflies or other types of greenery.
You could change the mason jar lid to another type of border. I’ve seen old picture frames uses, paper plates, other metal objects, an embroidery hoop or heart shape objects used. You could also use twigs from trees and shape them into circles.
Do I need a flower press to do this craft?
No you do not need a flower press to create this suncatcher craft. I just pressed the flowers between my tape pieces. It is possible overtime they will degrade in color from not having a proper flower press but I was not planning to keep mine forever. If you are making this as a gift or permanent it may be worth looking into pressing your flowers in a way that preserves them a bit better. I’ve had some luck pressing flowers with heavy books so that could be an easy DIY way to try!
- Fresh Flowers
- Mason Jar Lids
- Tape or contact paper
- Tree limb or stick
- Find your flowers
- Tape down your tape or contact paper. Lay out 4 pieces of tape sticky side up and then tape down the top and bottom so they don't move. Overlap the pieces slightly to make one large piece.
- Trace circles onto your tape.
- Press flowers onto the sticky side of your tape.
- Take a piece of contact paper or multiple tape pieces and tape them down on top of the flowers.
- Cut your circles out.
- Tie stings to your mason jar lids.
- Tape the cut out pieces into your mason jar lids.
- Tie the other end of the string to your limb or stick.
- Hang your beautiful flower suncatcher in a sunny spot in your home.
Check my posts notes on tips and tricks I did to make this craft work.