How to Make a Halloween Suncatcher

How To Make A Jack-O-Lantern Melted Bead Halloween Suncatcher

How to Make a Halloween Suncatcher

I know we’ve a ways to go until Halloween yet, but I can’t stop myself from making Halloween crafts like this Halloween suncatcher. 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.


Melted Bead Halloween Suncatcher

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Melted Bead Halloween Suncatchers on tray

As crafts go, this Halloween suncatcher is easy to make. If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions, see my 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 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.

Melted Bead Halloween Suncatchers – placing beads

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.

Melted Bead Halloween Suncatchers – placing bead design

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

Melted Bead Halloween Suncatchers on tray – Jack O lantern design

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

Melted Bead Halloween Suncatchers on tray

I melted it on the gas grill outside…

Melted Bead Halloween Suncatchers on tray - peeling foil

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

Melted Bead Halloween Suncatchers

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

Melted Bead Halloween Suncatchers hanging in window

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.

How to Make a Halloween Suncatcher

Are your kids like this? We’ve been through countless costume changes already and it’s barely September!


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  • Reply
    September 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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

  • Reply
    September 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    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!
    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

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    Art Mom
    September 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    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!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 10, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Yay! Hope she likes it!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    September 10, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Awesome! I’ll check out your papier mache pumpkin and melted bead posts now!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    September 10, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Thanks, Art Mom! :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 10, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Just pinned your papier mache jack-o-lanterns! THey look awesome and I can’t wait to try them with my girls!

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    September 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

    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?

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    September 14, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Can I use grow in the dark pony beads for projects.

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    September 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

    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.

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    June 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    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!

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