Halloween Crafts :: A Melted Bead Jack-O-Lantern Suncatcher!

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Melted Bead Jack O Lantern Suncatchers -- Awesome for Halloween Crafting and Decorating!I know we’ve a ways to go until Halloween yet, but I can’t stop myself from making Halloween crafts. I have to post about this awesome Jack-O-Lantern suncatcher that the kids made recently.

Yes, it’s another melted bead suncatcher!

But doesn’t the Jack-O-Lantern idea work well in the embroidery hoop frame?

And as a suncatcher? It really looks great with the sun shining through it!!

When you’re ready to start your Halloween crafting and decorating, give this a try! All you need is a wooden embroidery hoop and some fall-colored translucent pony beads.


A Melted Bead Jack-O-Lantern Suncatcher



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As Halloween crafts go, this suncatcher is easy to make. If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions, see my recent post on making melted bead suncatchers in embroidery hoop frames.

The kids used a 9″ embroidery hoop for this one, but you could use any size and the smaller ones would definitely be quicker to make. I think a few Jack-O-Lantern suncatchers in various sizes would make a super cool Halloween window!

For the pony beads, they used colors from this set of pony beads. Grays and blacks for the eyes, nose, and mouth and an assortment of oranges and yellows for the pumpkin. Mostly translucent but a few opaque ones as well.

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Our friend Mercy started the Jack-O-Lantern idea, with some help from Maia and Daphne, working until we ran out of oranges and yellows.

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Later (after I replenished our pony bead supply), Maia and Daphne finished adding the beads.

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They were careful about filling all the spaces (I told them it might pull away from the frame if they didn’t).

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I melted it on the gas grill outside…

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…let it cool, then peeled off the aluminum foil.

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And hung the suncatcher up to the light!! I LOVE how it looks!

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We looped a string of black pony beads at the top of the suncatcher and hung it in the window.

My kids get so excited about Halloween and Halloween crafts. They have already started talking about carving Jack-O-Lanterns (Maia grew her own pumpkin this year), trick-or-treating, and costumes. Are your kids like this? We’ve been through countless costume changes already and it’s barely September!

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  1. says

    This is wonderful:) Thank you for posting that I will definitely make one of those sun catchers to my daughter’s room:)

  2. says

    Hi Jean,
    I love your Halloween melted bead pumpkin! I did one last year too! With all of your melting beads posts, I have made a bunch of things too, like a melted bead cupcake tray & more! Since you mentioned something about your kids wanting to carve pumpkins, I thought that you would love to see what I have been working on…. HOW TO MAKE A PAPER MACHE PUMPKIN! http://nikitaland.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/how-to-make-paper-mache-pumpkins-more/
    Let me know what you think! Also, check out my craft category too on my blog to see the melted bead items I have made too!
    Love your blog! Valerie

  3. says

    Wow! The melted beads project looks so exciting. I’m already thinking of what we can make. I can’t wait to try them with my daughter. It looks so fun for her and ME! Love your projects!

  4. Marissa says

    Hello! I’d love to try these with my son… Do you have an idea of how many beads are needed to fill the embroidery hoop?

  5. earleyml says

    Just made this last night but a little disappointed in ours. I used the brown beads that come in the opaque bag and after they melted, it doesn’t show up very well. Maybe I should’ve used green. Oh well, next year I’ll make a new one.

  6. Donna says

    A metal washer or nut would work great too if you didn’t want to drill a hole after melting. Just center where you would insert the ribbon or twine. I love your sun catchers!