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DIY Beaded Suncatcher

Beaded Suncatcher

This DIY suncatcher was simple to make with a thrifted Goodwill wire basket.  I see those baskets from time to time and I’m glad I grabbed it.  Look for some type of object that has plenty of places to hang the beaded strands from.  I also put another thing in the middle of it.  Don’t know what it is.  Some kind of plastic flower looking thing.  GW had a gang of them so I grabbed them, too.

I hung my suncatcher on the back patio so it can catch the morning light on the east side of the house.  I also made two more for Mother’s Day for my daughters.

beaded suncatcher

 

What You’ll Need:

  • .45mm Tiger tail nylon coated beading wire
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers or looping pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster claw clasps
  • Crimp tubes
  • Head pins
  • Eye pins
  • Lots and lots of colorful glass beads
  • Some type of object to hang the beaded strands from. Rustic sticks or cactus wood works nicely, too. Keep an open mind. Half the fun of this project is turning ordinary junk into something beautiful.
  • I get my beads at Joann’s, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.  Use coupons or buy on sale.  If you have a smartphone, download each store’s app.  They’ll scan the coupon at the register.

    When selecting your beads you’ll want beads that the sun will shine through or reflect off of.  You’re going for color and sparkle.  I also used a few wire doo-dads and centered beads inside of them. Mix sizes and textures. I also threw in a few metal dragonfly beads, wire mesh spacers, and glass seed beads.

    Have fun!
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