DIY Framed Melted Beads Suncatchers to Gift and Display

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How to make colorful melted beads suncatchers that are wonderful for displaying or gift giving. This is an easy and fast way to make melted bead suncatchers with a simple built-in frame.

DIY Melted Beads Suncatchers in Frames to Gift and Display

These colorful plastic bead suncatchers in embroidery hoop frames are my new favorite take on the melted bead suncatchers!

It is quick and easy to make plastic bead suncatchers and they come with a built-in frame. You can get embroidery hoops in just about any size from teeny-tiny to rather large and the little holder at the top is perfect for hanging.

Wouldn’t a window full of these suncatchers in various sizes be lovely?

How to Make Melted Beads Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames

Plastic Bead Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames - prepping supplies

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

Step #1. Prepare suncatcher supplies

Place your wood embroidery hoop on a foil-lined baking dish.

Plastic Bead Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames - create bead design

Step #2. Create pony bead pattern

Add the plastic pony beads in any pattern desired inside of the embroidery hoop. You can go for random, abstract, or representational designs.

Plastic Bead Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames - fill frame completely

Step #3. Fill frame with pony beads

Insert extra beads into any spaces you see. Make sure to fill the hoop completely. The beads melt to fill the space, but then contract a little when they cool. If you don’t have enough beads, the suncatcher might pull away from the embroidery hoop.

Plastic Bead Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames - bake

Step #4. Melt the plastic beads

Bake for 5-15 minutes at 400-450 degrees F. I use a gas grill outdoors but I’ve heard that a toaster oven outside also works well. The time will vary depending on the size of the stained glass and the temperature. I set my timer for 5 minutes and then check it frequently after that. 

Note: The fumes from melting plastic are not good to breathe, which is why we do the melting on the grill outside. If you decide to do it inside, make sure to ventilate well.

Plastic Bead Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames - cool and peel foil

Step #5. Remove from heat

Remove from heat when the beads are completely melted and flat (ideally). Be sure to not let it get too hot and start to bubble. Let it cool completely, then peel the aluminum foil off the back of the suncatcher. Hold up the suncatcher to the light and admire!

Plastic Bead Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames

You can hang your plastic bead suncatchers in the window using a suction cup with hooks (just hook the embroidery hoop screw over the hook) as we did in these images. You can also make a hanging loop with ribbon or string and tie it to the screw. We’ve made a bunch with bead loops which are especially lovely!

Melted Beads Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frame

Wouldn’t these make nice gifts?

3 More Melted Beads Suncatchers in Frames

  1. To see how to make shapes, such as hearts or stars, within the embroidery hoop frames, see this post of 7 Homemade Suncatchers with Plastic Beads.
  2. We’ve also used these frames to make seasonal suncatchers, such as this Jack-o’-lantern suncatcher for Halloween.
  3. And we’ve made Mondrian-inspired melted bead art in frames.

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  • Reply
    Danya Banya
    August 26, 2013 at 7:29 am

    So pretty!

  • Reply
    earleyml
    August 26, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Great Mother’s Day idea for a grandmother or aunt!

  • Reply
    Rashmie Jaaju
    August 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Genius! I’m absolutely loving your melted bead sun catcher series. :-)

  • Reply
    Dena
    August 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Your best one yet, especially for the neat and tidy people! It’s wonderful how your brain is on overdrive with these!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    August 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    What a wonderful post! My daughter has been so inspired by your suncatcher posts and already suggested making these as holiday gifts.

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    August 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Absolutely!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    August 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Thanks, Rashmie!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    August 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Overdrive is right! :)

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    August 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Thanks Danya!

  • Reply
    Heather
    August 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    can you post a link to the melted crayon sun catcher? I saw somewhere that you had one posted but cannot find it. Thanks.
    P.S. I did the cake pans version of these today with my 7 year old we loved them so more I am off to Michaels to get more pony beads and some of these loops to do with her tomorrow! Great after school activity! Thanks so much1

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    Libby
    August 28, 2013 at 2:58 am

    This is just genius! Can you hear me running to find a hoop and some beads? And wondering if it can go in the oven with the lasagne (only kidding!) Thanks for the great idea!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    August 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

    So glad you were only kidding!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    August 28, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I’m thinking along the same lines as your daughter!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    August 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

    We’ve done quite a few melted crayon suncatchers, Heather. I’d suggest finding the one you’re looking for on the stained glass and suncatcher page of the arts and crafts directory:
    https://artfulparent.com/stained-glass-suncatcher-ideas-kids/

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    Naamah
    September 12, 2013 at 7:58 am

    After reading your posts about these sun catchers for the last little while, we finally found some transparent beads this week. Here in Australia there seems to be demand for solid colours as that is all I have found. This weekend we are experimenting! Looking forward to it!!

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    Marti
    September 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    You might make a suggestion to soak the loops in water for a while before placing on the grill. Like kabob sticks, the dry wood on the embroidery loop smokes, burns, and cracks when not soaked. Wish I had thought to do this before we made ours!

  • Reply
    Beth
    December 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Do you have any trouble with the melted suncatcher beads separating from the embroidery hoop? Could it fall out?
    Beth

  • Reply
    arshan ashraf
    January 7, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Hey jean How are you? I am arshan from pakistan I am manufecturer &exporter of wooden frames

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    arshan ashraf
    January 7, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I am industry owner of wooden frams emboirdrey

  • Reply
    Kyla
    March 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Can you do this on a propane BBQ? If so what temperature?

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