DIY Beaded Sun Catchers



I wanted to share with you a guest post I did a couple of weeks ago.  It was a totally “crafty” thing, but it was fun to make.

A few weeks ago, my son, Luke, came home from church excited about something he had made in Sunday School.

It was a DIY beaded sun catcher {made with beads and a disposable pie pan.}

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It was such a cute, easy craft.  He said, “Mom, you should show this on your blog!”

I agreed, except I added a little twist to mine.

I decided to make a mobile for the fourth of July.

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Here is how simple it is…

First, line some metal pans with a single layer of beads.  {Any color you choose.}

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For fun, I used metal cookie cutters to create some stars.  Be sure to get some of the translucent beads so that the light will shine through them when you turn them into sun catchers.

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These can be baked in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or on the grill.  They do stink when baking, so if you do it indoors, I suggest you open some windows and turn on an exhaust fan.

To avoid the stink, I just melted mine on the grill.  You can set your grill on medium high heat and leave the beads on the grill until they are fully melted.  You want all of the “bumps” in the beads to disappear before removing them from the grill.  They should look smooth like glass.

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Set aside to cool.

Once the melted beads have cooled, you can easily pop them out of their containers.

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I used a small drill bit to drill some holes in my stars according to how I wanted to hang them.

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I used a piece of leftover wood I had in my house to create the top of my mobile.  I painted it white and drilled holes in the top and bottom.

If you don’t want to use wood, you could use something like foam board.

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Then I just used a blue sharpie marker to write “Happy 4th” on the wood.  I was going to use my Silhouette to make some vinyl letters, but I know that not everyone has a Silhouette, so I wanted you to see it is just as cute using a marker.

Aren’t the stars beautiful?  I just love them.  And my boys think they are the coolest!

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This is a super easy summer project that you can do with your children this summer.  Let them each make their own sun catchers using the color of beads that they choose.


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Then just hang them up inside or outside and enjoy their simple beauty.

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Have you ever made a beaded sun catcher before?


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I think it would be fun for kids to make a suncatcher for Dad as a Father’s Day gift too!




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