Make sun catchers – 60 smart craft ideas that will give you more light and joie de vivre
You don’t always have to chase the sun; it’s better to catch it. So you always have beautiful light reflections on the balcony, in the garden or at the window, which immediately create a cheerful mood and more life energy. A great way to do this is to make sun catchers. You can use simple techniques that are even suitable for handicrafts with children and that will give you a lot of fun together. Today we will show you three different ways to make original sun catchers yourself – from melt granules, from epoxy resin and from PET bottles. The first two materials can be found in any well-stocked craft store and you will probably still have 2-3 plastic bottles at home. You can then browse through our broad collection of ideas below and draw plenty of inspiration from it. Have fun and good luck!
1. Make rainbow sun catchers with melt granules
Melting granulate / melting pearls in rainbow colors (transparent)
small baking pan / muffin pan
Aluminum foil (optional)
The melting pearls should definitely be transparent to better absorb the sunlight
How to do it:
Arrange melt granules or pearls in the baking pan in rainbow circles. If desired, line the baking pan with aluminum foil beforehand so that it does not come into direct contact with the plastic. Set the oven to 180 degrees circulating air and leave the baking pan in it for about 8-10 minutes so that the melting beads bond together nicely. Alternatively, use an outdoor grill. Extra tip: in the first case, leave the window open and ask children and pets out of the room. Carefully remove the baking pan from the oven or grill and let it cool for a while on a wire rack or sturdy surface. Remove the rainbow sun catcher from the baking pan. It is usually very easy, without any tools. Make a hole in the sun catcher with the help of the drill or stick it to the window, as you wish. Finished!
You can make many smaller sun catchers in the muffin tin
Baking molds made of aluminum foil are also ideal for this handicraft technique
The smaller sun catchers can be threaded through with fishing line or twine and arranged in the form of vertical garlands or wind chimes. Here you can simply let your creativity run free.
2. Make sun catchers from epoxy resin yourself
Epoxy resin / cast resin
2-3 can lids made of plastic or metal
Wooden sticks for stirring
colorful star confetti made of aluminum foil
Thread or string for hanging
How to do it:
Clean the lids well. There are also special sprays for this, which can be found in the craft shop at the cast resin accessories. Carefully prepare the casting resin according to the packaging instructions. Stir well and long. Pour the finished mixture into the lids up to about halfway. Wait about 20 minutes and sprinkle the star confetti on top. Prepare a new portion of cast resin and pour it on top to seal the whole thing. Let dry completely. Carefully remove the sun catchers from the lids. Drill small holes and hang them on thread or thin string.
Extra tip: With metal lids, you can put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes before removing them. After that, this goes very quickly.
When tinkering with resin, you should work fairly quickly
Instead of stars, you can of course also use other figures
Drill the holes very close to the edge
These DIY sun catchers also cut a fine figure as summer garden decorations
3. Make a PET bottle sun catcher
PET bottles with lids
Prefer bright, bright colors that reflect the light even better
How to do it:
Decorate every single PET bottle nicely with the permanent markers. Let dry briefly. Cut off the bottom of the bottle with the carpet knife. From bottom to top, beautiful spirals cut in the form of a colorful swirl. Drill a hole in the bottle cap. Tie a cord with a knot and thread it through to hang it up.
Extra tip: Stack 2-3 bottles of Sonnencatcher on top of each other and hang up together. It looks fab as you can see in the picture below.
A perfect decoration idea for any summer party outdoors
Take a look below to find out how else you can make sun catchers and experiment with them as you please!
Wind chimes made of sun catchers for real craft professionals
Colorful glass beads are also perfect for this
By the way, old CDs too
Wonderful flicker with plastic beads
Mini sun catcher made of melt granulate
A lot can be conjured up with cast resin
And the very little ones can do handicrafts with colored paper
A popular DIY technique is this with the white craft glue
You just drip different acrylic paints into the glue
Original upcycling ideas are also always very welcome when it comes to making sun catchers
If you are looking for creative ideas for your balcony or garden decoration, you can make atmospheric sun catchers. Here are the instructions!