How to Make a Sun Catcher

I got my inspiration from I’m Feelin’ Crafty’s blog and just had to try this craft project for myself!  And, I am glad that I did!  This absolutely fun craft project uses those plastic pony beads found in any craft store, a pie pan, and your gas grill. That’s it!  If you would like to make some for yourself, keep reading for the steps on how to create some today for yourself!  These would also make some incredible gifts for Christmas too! 

Let’s begin…  First, you can use any metal pan in any shape, we used an aluminum pie pan for the one we just made, but the next time we make one we will use our metal pie pan instead.  The reason we will switch to the metal pie pan is so we don’t get the little indents on the bottom of the sun catcher from the aluminum pan.  The metal pie pan will have no indents on the bottom. 

Next, take out your platic pony beads and start placing them in your pie pan and lay them flat in the pan with the hole of the bead facing up.  Create any design you want, but keep all the beads close together.  Once you fill up your entire pie pan with your design, the next step is to melt them. 

Get your grill all nice and hot.  You can melt these in your oven at 400 degrees, but you may experience a nasty smell from the melting plastic, so we suggest you use your grill.  Place your pie pan in the center of your grill.  Creating your design was a lot of fun, but watching your beads melt was truly neat to watch.  You may have to turn your pie pan to ensure that all the beads melt evenly, so make sure you use a pot holder to touch the pie pan.  We had our pie pan on our grill for approximately 15-18 minutes.  You will know when to take the pan off the grill when you see a smooth finish on top of your design, as this shows that all the beads have melted completely. 

Remove from grill.  Your sun catcher will dry quite quickly, so make sure that nothing falls into the plastic as it is curing, like a bug!  Once you can touch the pie pan and feel that it has cooled, you can remove your sun catcher.  Carefully move the side of the pan a little and your sun catcher should pop right out! 

Now, depending on what you want to do with your new sun catcher, you can either leave it as is, or you can drill a small hole at the top to attach a suction cup for hanging.  (this is what we are going to do) 

The possibilites are endless of what you can make with this craft idea.  For example:  Try making some ornaments for your Christmas tree by using metal cookie cutters (just place the cookie cutters on a cookie sheet and fill the cookie cutters with beads), make some adorable gift tags, or even use a square cake pan to make a different shape.  Also, you can make yourself a wind chime too!  Just purchase a cheap wind chime from the Dollar Store, remove the chimes and attach them to your new sun catcher by drilling small holes at the bottom & attach the chimes!  Let your creativity go wild & have fun!  Don’t forget that this is a great craft project to do with your kids too!

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7 thoughts on “How to Make a Sun Catcher

    • I would not suggest trying to use pony beads as stepping stones as they would be too brittle. I want to make a large sun catcher (on a pizza pan) with the pony beads – melt em on the grill – and then drill small holes in the bottle and hang chimes on it. You can pick up a cheap wind chime at a dollar store to repurpose on your sun catcher!

      • OMG, that sounds like a whole bunch of beads..what a fun idea. Knowing me, I’m so clumsy, I’d trip with the pan on the way to the grill…it’d have to be a Picasco. You are a force of nature, adorable. xok

      • LOL, that almost happened to me! I accidentally bumped the pan and all the beads moved. Grrr! What amazed me is that all the beads melted together on the grill (I used the grill instead of the oven to keep the plastic fumes outdoors) and it took about 10-15 minutes for all of them to melt. Brought hot pan into house, and within a couple of minutes, it cooled and popped right out of the pan! Then, you just get your drill and make a hole for hanging!

    • YOU inspired ME! I am so glad I saw this craft on your blog. I still can’t believe that they melted, not to mention how they easily popped out of the pan! I also made some small Olympic circles yesterday too and will make a wind chime with them! I also made a really cool yellow smiley face too! Thank you for your inspiration and introducing me to this idea!

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