Tissue Paper Mosque Suncatcher {Tutorial}

We made this tissue paper mosque suncatcher from cut up pieces of colored tissue paper to create vibrant looking stained glass.

My daughter and I already had the tissue paper out from our Ramadan crafts tutorial yesterday and love to use the square paper plates to craft, like in this Eid decor and khatam weaving.

We choose a mosque outline as today is Friday, commonly known as salāt al-jumuʿah or صَلَاة ٱلْجُمُعَة in Arabic, a day when Muslims commonly gather at the mosque to hold prayers. This year has seen mosques being closed due to COVID19, so we wanted to bring the mosque to us, since we are unable to go to the mosque.


  • Contact paper
  • Square paper plate
  • Xacto
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tissue paper

The first step my daughter made to start her suncatcher was to cut up the tissue paper into smaller pieces.

The next step my daughter took was to draw an outline of a mosque, then cut it out when an xacto. She turned the plate over and added a sheet of contact paper.

My daughter tuned the plate over to the front and added the tissue paper to the now sticky side. She filled in the mosque shape with one color, adding a different color tissue to the door.

Once the inside was done, she filled in the night sky. To create a sense of light, she added darker tissue color to the bottom, then a few above. The last color my daughter added was the light blue, making sure to cover the rest of the sky.

Once she was happy with the design, my daughter added another piece of contact paper over the tissue. This not only helps protect the artwork, it also acts as a glue, sandwiching the tissue paper between the two sheets of contact paper.

Now our beautiful artwork is ready to sit in a window or we can add holes to tie strings, so that it can hang.

If you would like to see other tutorials about mosques, be sure to stop by our list of

99 Creative Mosque Projects

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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.