Thursday, May 2, 2013

Easy Suncatchers from Beads

My husband is a little weird, lets just get that straight right away. He has this image in his head of decorating the woods, or more specifically...the trails in the woods. Right now we have fish plaques hanging on trees, ornate garden stakes, duck hunter and gone fishing signs hanging on trees. He would be most happy if I could find old birdbaths, maybe a claw foot tub to plant flowers in and a few large garden statues. Gnomes? Giant dolphins? Maybe a windmill or 2? He thinks, YES! It's going to look more like a Goofy Golf course then a wooded trail in the middle of nowhere. Speaking of which....if you happen to know a mini golf course selling off their props, we might be interested!

tutorial on making suncathchers



As you can imagine, this has the possibility of getting very expensive so I'm always looking for cheap, free or recycled things to use. I came across these sun catchers on Crafster. (would love to link, but there are at least a dozen contributors to the 2 different threads) They are simple and the kids can help with part! All you need are pony beads, an oven and a baking pan.

making sun catchers


Simply place the beads in the pan.....my son arranged his into a rainbow for his step moms Mothers Day present (sorry, forgot to get the picture out of his ipod...will add later!) No cooking spray or oiling needed. Bake at 400degrees for about 20 minutes. Let cool and the sun catcher will pop right out. Simply drill a hole and hang. You might even be able to skip the drill part if you left a gap between a few beads. That's it! 

How to make make suncatchers


I also used a mini bunt pan to make mini sun catchers. I hung them from a 'natural' stick in a sort of wind-chime formation. I used pony beads that I had left over from other projects, but bulk pony beads are pretty cheap if you need to buy new. I'm planning on making a red white & blue one, and Hubby wants one with a smiley face on it. The woods are looking fancier already!

~L
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