How to Make Rainbow Plastic Bead Suncatchers

How to Make Rainbow Plastic Bead Suncatchers

An straightforward tutorial for creating plastic bead suncatchers with a rainbow of translucent pony beads. The ideal addition to any window!

Updated May 2022

If you have been following the Artful Parent for a though, you could know that we have a mild obsession with melted bead suncatchers, creating anything from fundamental suncatchers to melted bead art, garlands, and DIY fairy wands. We’ve attempted all types of distinctive configurations and suggestions for melted pony beads, but we truly appreciate these rainbow suncatchers the greatest!

These are so quite and make a ideal present for a summer time birthday or an finish-of-the-year present for a teacher!

But melting plastic is toxic, so be positive to comply with the directions closely and do this project outdoors!

Here’s a video of rainbow bead suncatchers in action, and maintain scrolling for more particulars.

How to Make Rainbow Plastic Bead Suncatchers


*We employed a foil-lined mini cake pan this time, but you can also use common cake pans or muffin tins. We recommend lining it with foil initially if you are going to use the baking dish for meals afterward. Or choose up some metal baking dishes as a thrift shop or yard sale and dedicate them to crafting.

Plastic bead suncatchers and materials


  1. Arrange plastic beads in metal dish

    First, lay out your plastic pony beads in the tiny metal baking dish. You can use a concentric rainbow style as we did right here or any style that you like.

    Remember you want to use translucent pony beads. They need to have to be somewhat transparent so they will act like a suncatcher and let the light shine via them.

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    Making Plastic Beads Suncatchers in Rainbow Designs

  3. Melt Beads on Grill

    Important Note! The melting plastic is not great to breathe, so this step is greatest carried out outdoors.

    We make all of our melted bead suncatchers on the gas grill outdoors, so that we do not get any toxic chemical compounds inside. The grill performs fantastic and only requires about 10 minutes! You could also use a toaster oven outdoors. But whichever way you melt the beads, be positive to do so outdoors!

    Start checking the melting beads following about 10 minutes. You want the beads to be totally melted (not bumpy or pebbly) but you also do not want the plastic beads to heat for also lengthy and burn.

    Melting beads for suncatchers on the grill

  4. Let cool

    Carefully get rid of the pan with the melted and fused plastic beads from the grill and set it on a cooling rack or hot pad to cool. Once the suncatcher is absolutely cool, get rid of it from the baking dish (it really should pop correct out).

    Plastic Beads Suncatchers Cooling in Pans

  5. Let the sun shine via!

    Hold your new plastic bead suncatcher up to the light and admire!

    Making Rainbow Plastic Beads Suncatchers

  6. Drill a hole to hang your suncatcher (optional)

    Finally, you can use an electric hand drill to drill a tiny hole at the prime of your suncatcher to add a hanging loop.
    This final step is optional. You could also use a hot glue gun to glue a hanging ribbon to the prime.

    Drilling Hanging Holes in Plastic Beads Suncatchers

Have you attempted creating plastic bead suncatchers however? They are such a entertaining summer time craft, plus they make fantastic gifts!

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How to Make Rainbow Plastic Bead Suncatchers

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