Maybe it’s the sun loving Californian in me but I never tire of dreaming up suncatcher ideas! I love a decorative craft that captures the warmth and light from the sun and transforms it into reflections or color within a space. Today I’ve rounded up 5 of the many suncatcher ideas we’ve tried over the years. They are all kid-friendly and use easy to find materials!
What is a Suncatcher used for?
Suncatchers are translucent, colored, or reflective objects that hang in a window or other sunny location and that transform light as it passes through them. Suncatchers are decorative objects and add a bit of color or playfulness in a window.
3 of our featured suncatchers:
How do you make a Suncatcher?
There are so many ways to make suncatchers! The main materials you should look for when making suncatchers are those that are translucent and colorful. Tissue paper, clear beads, markers on plastic, reflective materials such as CDs or mirrored plastic, all of these make for the start of a lovely suncatcher. We love to use glue to bind the materials because it dries clear. We also like to use recycled plastic lids as the form for a lot of our suncatchers because they can contain the glue as it dries.
Transparent vs. Translucent
What is the difference between these two terms?
Transparent describes a material in which light passes through and an image behind it can be distinctly seen. Translucent describes a material which light can pass through but which the image behind it cannot be seen. Think of it as semi-transparent. Most of our suncatchers are translucent.
More ideas for creating with light
If you like incorporating light into your crafts check out these other light craft ideas: