An easy Mermaid Craft for kids, this Wax Paper Mermaid Suncatcher uses our free printable mermaid template to create unique window decorations with just a few everyday household materials.
Mermaid Sun Catcher Craft
You all know that our house is mermaid-obsessed… or at least you should after all of these mermaid crafts:
While I enjoy doing the more complicated crafts with my daughter, sometimes it’s just nice to set her up with something simple that is going to turn out gorgeous – like these Wax Paper Suncatchers!
A word of caution, though: you need to use permanent markers for these suncatchers… so don’t try to do them with kids who are not yet ready to be trusted with them. We tried using some washable markers and they rubbed off and were frustrating to try to control on the wax paper (they blurred outside of the lines).
Also, because this craft involves permanent markers, I would take a peek at your color selection and make sure you have the colors your child(ren) would want to use. Our giant Sharpie pack didn’t come with a brown marker, so she had a hard time making a black mermaid – we had to blot the washable marker with some paper towel and reapply twice to get consistent coverage. (Even if your child would want brown hair – it would be something to plan ahead for.)
If your child gets a bit of the permanent marker on their skin, it can be removed with a bit of hand sanitizer… or just take it as a fun opportunity to read Robert Munsch’s Purple, Green, and Yellow (did you see our fun activity based on that book here?)
I love the way that these Wax Paper Suncatchers turned out – super vibrant and almost like little tiles of stained glass now decorating my bedroom window. My daughter loves that when the sun hits them, they project the colors of the suncatcher onto my white duvet below.
Creating the tiled effect with different patterns as the background really adds to this craft, but kids can simply just color the background one solid color or make a wave-inspired pattern. This is a great independent craft that can be done in the car, during that witching hour between school and supper, or just on a rainy day when your window needs some brightening up.
PS – yup, I’m totally fine with the fact that I don’t clean all of my windows from the outside. This is my bedroom window that stays permanently locked (and is clean on the inside) – no one is looking out of it and seeing that dust but me… usually. I’m proud that this site is a safe space for moms to have fun and not be perfect – including me!
Materials for a Mermaid Suncatcher
- Wax Paper (I also love these for separating food for freezing, or stacking – and also creating little barriers in lunch boxes)
- Mermaid Suncatcher Printable Template
- Kitchen Tray or clipboard
Tip: I use kitchen trays for most of our crafts to keep the mess contained. They are easy to wash after messy crafts and the little ridge stops paint, water or clay spills from getting everywhere. (They are also great for storing crafts as they dry, or designating “craft space” when multiple kids are using a table or work surface.)
How to Make a Wax Paper Suncatcher
Print your printable mermaid and cut to the size of your wax paper square.
Tape your wax paper over the printable onto a solid surface.
Trace over the lines of the mermaid with your pencil. (You can use your markers now but that may prove a bit trickier.)
Remove the printable and start coloring in your mermaid, as desired.
(If you need to use washable markers for some parts of your mermaid, apply a thin layer, dab with paper towel and then repeat to achieve a uniform look.)
When done with the mermaid, use a ruler to divide the background of the wax paper into sections. Decorate each of these sections a bit differently – or at least try to avoid decorating two connecting sections the exact same. Use solid colors, patterns or fun shapes to fill in each section.
Finally, go over the mermaid (and possibly the section lines) with a black marker to give that final “stained glass” finish.
Let dry before attaching to your window with a bit of transparent tape.
Grab your free printable instructions for our Easy Mermaid Suncatcher craft:
This easy mermaid craft was a fun way to brighten up our windows and add some magic to a rainy day!