This was a popular workshop over the last school holidays with the mini-artists, possible because it was dead easy, possibly because the end result sparkled in the sunlight. For whatever reason our class loved this so much many went on to creating two or three suncatchers and tying them all together on small branches they found outside.
- Fishing line, or jewellery nylon thread
- Glass beads, Semi precious stones
- Glass Mirror Stickers
- A Pendant
Steps to create the Beaded Suncatcher
Start by tying your pendant onto the fishing line using a double knot, leaving a tail of about 3-4cms
As you start to thread the beads make sure you tuck the tail of the bead line into the bead. By tucking in the tail, rather than cutting it off you’re giving your pendant a much better chance of staying where it is.
Before you get to the end of the tail add a mirror sticker. I generally manage to stick these on by laying one on the table, sitting the line diagonally over it, and then sticking another one on top so they are back to back.
You can adjust the position slightly to make sure the edges line up but BE CAREFUL! MIRROR STICKERS ARE GLASS AND CAN CUT. Most kids 8 and up seem to be able to do this part by themselves, but I have had to help some younger, and less dexterous kids with this step.
Continue beading, interjecting the bead pattern with mirrored stickers until your bead suncatcher is long enough. I usually put a mirrored sticker right at the end to hold the beads in place so they don’t slip back off the top of the knot.
Finally tie a loop in the end of the suncatcher so you can hang it anywhere.
By hanging it in the sun your mirrored stickers will reflect little points of light around the room like a disco ball.
The great part about these suncatchers is that you can personalise them, or add extra special touches to make each one different. Try adding things such as
- any beads you find around the house
- a pendant from a piece of broken jewellery that means too much to throw away
- tiny bits of bark.
- Butterfly stickers (stick them back to back like the mirrored stickers)
Want to make things easier?
Suncatcher kits and other art packs available at www.artlis.com.au/store
Alissa Crafter is the creative behind Artlis Studios, a small studio on the Gold Coast that reaches out to mini-artists and encourages them to express themselves with paint, pencils and mess. The studios aim is to support and inspire mini-artists to reach their own unique brand of creative genius. Her art and craft projectsare all tested on groups of children of all ages and she shares with us her most popular lessons. See more art project ideas and find out about Artlis Studios lessons at www.artlis.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/