We are almost at the end of the summer break. We’ve spent a lot of this summer baking, crafting, and watching Disney movies, but of course, we have found ourselves being out in the garden more than usual. With all the lovely hot weather we have had, we decided to make a lot of crafts for the garden. The girls and I recently made each other friendship bracelets, so we had a considerable amount of beads left over (there are only so many beaded bracelets you can wear at one time!) We decided to use the left over beads to make some sun catchers.
These are incredibly quick and easy to make; they’re ideal for the garden, hanging in windows, drinks coasters, etc, the possibilities are endless.
Here is what you will need;
- Pony beads (you can also use buttons, chopped up straws, Hama beads, glass beads – just be aware that baking time and temperature will need to be altered accordingly and the final finished look may be different).
- Baking tray.
- Cookie cutters.
- Fishing wire (string would also work).
- Small drill.
Here is how to make them;
- Place your cookie cutters on a baking tray. I’d recommend using an old tray and old cutters the first time you make these.
- Place your beads inside your cookie cutter. You can do this as neatly or roughly as you want – just make sure it is one layer thick of beads only.
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6/400°f/200°c.
- Place the baking tray of beads and cookie cutters in the centre of the oven for around 25 minutes. I’d recommend checking them after 20 minutes; depending on the size of your suncatchers, they may need more or less time. I’d highly recommend opening a window during this time to filter the air as the plastic can produce a potent smell (I don’t usually find it too bad when we make ours, but a lingering plastic smell is never nice if it does!).
- Take them out and leave them to cool fully in their cutters. Once they are cool, they should pop out easily. We did some with a shaped void in the centre – those take a little bit of wiggling to get out, but they should release fairly easily so don’t panic.
- If you’re planning to hang these, drill a hole(s) in the desired place for your design.
- Use a nylon fishing line to hang.
- Hang up and enjoy.
The girls loved making these as there was a lot that they could do, and it was incredibly easy for them. They picked out the colours that they wanted to use for each one, and they dropped the beads into the cutters – I merely took out any extras. When they’re a little older, you can get more creative with colour designs. Make sure you tag my Instagram account when you’ve made yours so I can see your colourful designs. I love seeing what people come up with.
Enjoy the summer weather if it’s summer where you are.