Use this simple step by step tutorial to learn how to make your own DIY sea glass suncatcher crafts with sea glass beads.
Make your own DIY sea glass suncatcher the easy way with sea glass beads.
Sea glass suncatchers look beautiful in any light… But they are magical when the sun hits them.
Aren’t they amazing!?
Scroll down to learn how to make your own DIY suncatcher crafts with beautiful sea glass beads!
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How to Make a Sea Glass Suncatcher
This is an easy suncatcher craft for both kids and adults. Young children will need assistance in making sea glass suncatchers while older children will easily be able to make them on their own.
I helped my 3-year-old daughter started and finish each of the suncatcher crafts pictured. She strung all of the beads, while I added the pendant and tied them off.
I think she did beautiful work, don’t you?
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DIY Sea Glass Suncatcher Craft Materials
- Monofilament fishing line or string
- Blue (ocean wave) sea glass beads
- Red/orange (burning sun) sea glass beads
- Green/clear (seafoam) sea glass beads
- Crimp tube beads
- Bead crimp pliers (An inexpensive and super easy tool)
Easy DIY Sea Glass Suncatcher Step by Step Tutorial
Stringing beads to make suncatchers is a fun way for kids to develop the fine motor muscles in the hand necessary for writing and more detailed handwork projects. Exercising the fine motor muscles in the hand is also beneficial for adults, especially the elderly.
Step 1 – Cut a section of monofilament line or fishing string
Cut a section of monofilament line. Make sure it is at least 6-12 inches longer than the length you would like your sea glass suncatcher to be.
Step 2 – Attach a sea glass pendant onto one end of the monofilament string
- Place a crimp tube or bead onto one end of the monofilament line.
- Add a sea glass pendant onto the monofilament line behind the crimp bead or tube.
- Tuck the short end of the monofilament line into the crimp tube next to the long end of the monofilament line. Push the crimp tube towards the sea glass pendant to shorten the loop to the desired length.
- Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp tube shut around both pieces of monofilament line. This will hold the pendant in place. Trim off the excess line from the short side if needed.
Step 3 – String sea glass beads onto the monofilament string
String the sea glass beads onto the long end of the monofilament line. There many ways to do this.
Place the sea glass beads on the monofilament line randomly, or you can make a pattern in any color combination that you like! Creating patterns and counting beads is a wonderful math activity for children.
Use blue (ocean wave) sea glass beads, red (burning sun) sea glass beads, or green (seafoam) sea glass beads, or multicolored sea glass beads in any color combinations you like!
I love the random fire and ice sea glass suncatcher crafts that my 3-year-old daughter created, and the alternating blue and orange sea glass suncatcher that she made pictured below.
Step 4 – Finish sea glass suncatcher craft
- To finish the suncatcher craft, place a crimp bead or tube on the open end of the monofilament line.
- Create a loop to hang the DIY sea glass suncatcher by tucking the other end of the monofilament line into it.
- Use crimp pliers to close the crimp bead shut and lock the sea glass beads on the monofilament strig into place.
Step 5 – Hang and enjoy, or, give DIY sea glass suncatcher as a gift
Suncatcher crafts like these gorgeous homemade sea glass suncatchers make wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, a birthday, or your child’s favorite teacher.
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Homemade Sea Glass Suncatcher Crafts
A DIY sea glass suncatcher is a fun and easy craft and gift idea that both kids or adults can make. Use beautiful sea glass beads in an assortment of colors to create gorgeous suncatcher crafts quickly and easily.
Suncatcher crafts like this make wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, a birthday, or your child’s favorite teacher.
You may also like to use these same sea glass beads to make your own DIY sea glass wind chime. Click on the link to learn how!
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