Tissue Paper Butterfly Suncatchers with Mayor Cathy Heron

Today is Day 29 and we welcome St. Albert Mayor, Cathy Heron, as she shows us how to make beautiful and colourful tissue paper sun catchers for our windows!

This activity requires a few simple household items (anything you don’t have on hand can be purchased at a dollar store!) and is perfect for all ages. Follow the instructions below or print them off here. 


  • Paper 
  • Printer 
  • Marker (sharpies work well) 
  • Tissue paper, minimum two different colours 
  • Wax paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue stick 
  • Tape (washi tape and masking tape work well) 


  1. Draw your own butterfly wing or print off our template and cut out with your scissors. If needed, be sure to ask an adult for help when using scissors! 
  2. Cut a piece of wax paper off your roll, approximately 12” long, and fold in half. 
  3. Lay your butterfly wing on top of the wax paper, the centre of the butterfly’s body will line up with the fold of the wax paper. 
  4. Using your marker, trace around the butterfly wing. 
  5. Carefully cut around the traced line, make sure to avoid cutting along the wax paper’s fold. 
  6. Once you’ve cut out the wing, unfold the wax paper - you should have one whole butterfly! Set your wax paper butterfly to the side. 
  7. Cut your tissue paper into approximately 1” squares – there’s no need to be precise here, the smaller the pieces, the more detailed of a mosaic you’ll have. 
  8. Using your glue stick, glue the tissue paper to only one side of the wax paper butterfly, don’t worry about overlapping colours or the edges of the wings! 
  9. Once you’ve covered your butterfly, flip over so the bare wax paper is facing you, trim off any excess tissue paper around the edge of the butterfly’s body.  
  10. Take a few pieces of tape and adhere to the back of the butterfly (wax paper side) and stick to your window!  
  11. Voilà! You have created a beautiful butterfly sun catcher – make as many as you want, to create a kaleidoscope* of butterflies!  

Don’t forget to take a picture of your participation in today’s activity and share it with us online! Use the hashtag #40DaysofPLAY to be entered to win a prize from one of our Festival partners.

The City of St. Albert has worked with content developers to provide creative prompts that align with provincial public health measures, and guidance to protect the health system and the community by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Follow all provincial public health measures when participating in 40 Days of Play activities.

Last edited: May 26, 2021