Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
Is It Easy to Make a Suncatcher?
Yes! When I started my search for suncatcher crafts, I never dreamed I’d find so many. There is even a craft project for making an ice suncatcher to enjoy during the winter weather.
For the tutorial to make the mandala-style suncatcher shown above, go to twig & toadstool.
1. Apple Suncatchers
This is a very cute project to do with little kids. The faceted beads and chenille stems will be easy for them to use. An adult should do the melting part of this project. You'll find the instructions at Fireflies + Mud Pies.
2. Glass Gem Suncatcher
Whether you use clear or colored glass gems, the resulting suncatcher will be stunning. Find the tutorial at kids activities.
3. Coffee Filter Hearts
Choose liquid watercolors, regular watercolors, or even food dye to color your coffee filters. This is a great craft to experiment with colors and application methods.
4. Paint and Bottle Cap
I like how this paint and bottle cap craft starts with placing dots of craft paints on the wax paper and moves onto using a bottle lid to swirl the paints around. You don't want to just smear them all together. If you do, the paper will start looking muddy.
5. Hot Air Balloon Suncatchers
The lead lines on these hot air balloons are made using black puffy paint. The balloons are burnt-out lightbulbs, and regular craft paint is used to color between the black lines.
6. Tempera and Glue Art
This tempera and glue suncatcher is an outstanding project for home or school.
7. Jeweled Hearts
The "sort of clear" milk bottles are made of a plastic used to make jeweled hearts. The jewels are attached with glue sticks. I would suggest using glue dots to adhere the jewels. Enjoy creating these suncatchers to hang around your home or in your car.
8. Nature Paper Plate Suncatcher
The center is cut from the plate, and clear contact paper is attached to the plate. The fun begins with adding nature treasures. The instructions are over at Coffee Cups and CRAYONS .
9. Crystal Mobile Suncatcher
This crystal mobile suncatcher is definitely one for teens or adults. The wires need to balance for the mobile.
10. Beaded Heart Suncatcher
This would be a beautiful gift idea for a Mother's Day gift or a teacher appreciation gift. Jewelry wire and beads are easy enough to use that this is also a quick craft to do. You'll find the directions for making this beaded heart sun catcher at Unfortunately Oh!
11. Beaded Suncatcher
Clear plastic squares are made, colored, and added with purchased beads to make this outstanding beaded sun catcher. CraftPaperScissors shares how to put this together.
12. Lace and Ribbon Hearts
Lace and ribbon pieces placed on transparent contact paper makes this a super easy suncatcher to make. This is a great way to use the little scraps you have leftover from other projects.
13. Ladybugs and Leaves
It'll be great fun making ladybugs and leaves to make this nature-inspired suncatcher.
14. Tree of Life Suncatcher
I love this tree of life suncatcher project. The wires make a beautiful tree trunk and branches for the beaded leaves.
15. Glow-in-the-Dark Suncatcher
16. Cosmic Suncatcher
This suncatcher uses the white lids from yogurt containers and the like. Glue and food dye or watercolor paints can be used to give the suncatcher color, but you'll have to check the instructions at BABBLE DABBLE DO to see how to give it the cosmic touch.
17. Drinking Straw Suncatcher
Here is another super easy and super fun project for the kids. They'll even enjoy cutting the drinking straws into little pieces. Having Fun at Home gives the instructions for this DIY.
18. Raindrops Suncatcher
This is a nice school project to complement a weather lesson. Otherwise, you can have the kids make the raindrops and create a beautiful bulletin board display.
19. Sparkling CD Suncatchers
It seems like everyone has old CDs that they keep, but really don't know why. Now you can collect them from your family and friends to make beautiful suncatchers!
20. Bug Suncatchers
Cute. Cute. Cute. What else can you say about these little bugs? They're a delightful suncatcher for all to enjoy.
21. Sugar Skull Suncatchers
I found this project that they call Halloween suncatchers. The skulls look to me like the ones that Cinco de Mayo celebrants make. Very cool!
22. Butterfly SunCatcher
Included with the tutorial is a downloadable template that you can use. All you need is black construction paper—or you could choose any other color—and beautiful tissue paper.
23. Nature Wind Chimes
Encourage kids to get out and be active with these nature wind chimes.
24. Construction Paper and Oil Suncatchers
Who knew that paper becomes translucent just by adding oil? This is a great and easy way to make suncatchers.
25. Autumn Leaves Suncatcher
What a beautiful way to celebrate the fall season! These coffee filter leaves make perfect and colorful suncatchers.
26. Sea Glass Circle
I have some sea glass pieces that I was hoping to find a craft that would do them justice. This circle using sea glass makes an attractive sun catcher. It'd be a good idea to mix the colored sea glass pieces as well.
27. Turkey Sun Catchers
This Thanksgiving project is made easy with a printable turkey pattern included with the tutorial. The tutorial is found at CAN’T google EVERYTHING.
28. Watermelon Slice Suncatcher
You'll find all the instructions for making this watermelon themed suncatcher at Kids Activities.
29. Recycled CD Suncatcher
30. Crayon Shavings
This project uses crayon shavings, so an adult will have to do that part. Once the shavings are made, kids will love placing them in patterns. Using an iron to melt the shavings between wax paper will also require adult intervention. The instructions for this craft are found at Buggy and Buddy .
31. Stained Glass Owl
Go to In the Playroom for the stained glass owl instructions. It'd be so lovely to see a bunch of these that the kids have made.
32. Melted Crayon Suncatcher
I liked the suggestions for how to make crayon shavings in this tutorial. The choices were: use a pencil sharpener, cut them with a knife, or put the crayon in a plastic bag and hit it with a hammer. This one is my favorite. These suggestions and the instructions for a melted crayon suncatcher can be found at A girl AND A GLUE GUN .
33. Rainbow Suncatcher
Easy, easy and super easy would describe this rainbow project's difficulty level. Using plastic beads and chenille strips make this DIY perfect for the little kids.
34. Glitter Glue Snowflakes
Be sure to read through the directions at HAPPINESS IS Homemade before you start this project. You'll want to be sure to have parchment paper handy along with the snowflake cutouts and glitter glue.
35. Winter Ice SunCatcher
Imagine this suncatcher outside your window this winter. A little bit of added color to the winter landscape is always welcome.
36. Patriotic Suncatcher
A nice star cookie cutter or stencil will be a great help when making this patriotic suncatcher. You'll need crayons and wax paper to make the stars.
37. Salt Dough Stars Suncatcher
I'm super impressed with this salt dough project. Two sizes of cookie cutters help make this an easy project to make.
38. Faux Stained Glass Butterfly Suncatchers
39. Beaded and Wired Suncatcher
The little bit of wire wrapped around this beaded heart really adds to the beauty of this project.
40. Painted Butterfly Suncatcher
You can use purchased suncatcher paints for this butterfly or consider making your own.
41. How to Make a CD Suncatcher
42. Two Moons Sun Catcher
This extraordinary sun catcher is one for the dedicated crafter. Using beads of your choice, customize this sun catcher to your heart's content.
43. Pumpkin Suncatchers
These pumpkins are made on transparency film and painted with food dye-colored clear glue. You can find pumpkin pictures online, coloring pages or clip art.
44. CD Cube Suncatchers
If you don't have squares of scrap wood on hand, the lumber store should have scraps to cut for you. You'll find all the instructions for this CD cube suncatcher at stay.at.home.life.
45. Window Star
This is an origami project with the folded tissue paper star points. This is so beautiful and would be a great party decoration for any event.
46. Pony Bead Sun Catcher Ornaments
Cookie cutters and pony beads team up to make these pony bead ornaments.
47. Clear Cup Windchimes
Clear plastic disposable cups melted in muffin tins is how the flat discs on this suncatcher are made. The different colors are achieved by the color of the drinking cup. Also, the discs dry so hard they sound like glass when clicked together—this makes them perfect for windchimes.
48. Hearts With Black Glue
The outlines of this heart are made using glue and black paint added on top. Then, a colored paint was added to the glue to fill in the spaces when the outline was dry. It's an easy project to do to entertain the kids.
49. Faux Stained Glass Framed Mosaics
This framed mosaic is a great project for older kids, teens or adults. The finished result is a piece you'll want to display.
50. Bright Suncatcher
These sun catchers are made using tissue paper and clear lids. Find the instructions at Kids Craft Room.
51. Crystal Bead Suncatcher
I love the look of crystal beads reflecting colors in sunlight, so this project is especially interesting to me. The huge crystal in the center should really catch the prism colors.
52. CD Suncatcher
53. Window Art
When you go to Play At Home Mom, you'll find different methods to make the framed suncatchers.
54. Faux Stained Glass Peacock
Learn how to make this faux stained glass peacock to create a stunning decoration piece for your home!
55. DIY Suncatcher Paint
You'll want to go to Building Our Story for the recipe to make your own suncatcher paint. This is especially useful if you are doing art projects with a bunch of kids, like in the classroom or for a camp activity.
56. Tissue Paper Stained Glass
Learn how to prepare tissue paper for stained glass projects with the artful parent. Use cookie cutters, stencils, or hand-drawn shapes for making suncatchers with the paper.
57. Mom Mosaic Suncatcher
Glass mosaic pieces arranged in the word "MOM" makes this a great gift idea for Mother's day. Other arrangements of glass pieces make the DIY suitable for other uses.
58. Transparency Sheet Faux Stained Glass
Use transparency sheets, glue, and paints to make this beautiful faux stained glass suncatcher. The instructions are easy to understand.
59. Crystals on Chenille Suncatchers
This is an overnight project because takes a while for the crystals to form on the chenille strip. Find all the instructions at Holly’s Arts and Crafts Corner.
60. Piet-Inspired Window
Make a Piet Mondrian-inspired door or window by using black tape and tissue paper. Go to inner child fun to make this craft.
61. Spring Flowers
Flower petals, real or silk, make this suncatcher a spring masterpiece.
© 2015 Loraine Brummer
Did you find a sun catcher idea that you want to try? or leave a comment.
Meow on September 04, 2020:
Thank you for this - it was a visual delight which inspired me to inspire others! Emailed it to everyone I know who'd be interested - lovely!
Carol Morris on June 21, 2016:
Lovely ideas. I'm so happy I found them right in time for the summer.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on June 24, 2015:
I agree, RTalloni, that the Piet Mondrian look of that project is very attractive and would look great in a frame. It amazes my that crafters have come up with so many different methods for making sun catchers. There are really a lot of talented folks that are nice enough to share their crafts with us.
RTalloni on June 23, 2015:
A thorough round up of sun catcher ideas! I think the idea of using the next to last as you mentioned, in a frame, would be my favorite project.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on June 23, 2015:
Thanks for the nice comment purl3agon y. I like the ladybugs project too, and I'm considering making the sun catcher/ wind chimes made using the clear, colored plastic drinking cups. There are so many ways to make these unique, using different colored beads, etc. A gift idea that would be fun to make too.
Donna Herron from USA on June 23, 2015:
Wow, there are some wonderful sun catcher craft ideas here. I particularly like the ladybugs and leaves tissue paper project. Thanks for pulling all these ideas together in one place. Pinned for when I need some great summer projects. Thanks!