Glass Stained Suncatchers DIY

homemade stained glass frame suncatchers craft idea

It may be back-to-school time, but the sun is still shining bright here in SoCal! I recently participated in Uncommon Designs “One Crafty Summer” series, and in case you missed it, I wanted to share this easy and colorful sun-catching craft idea with all of you!

I love these Glass Stain paints, and have made a number of really pretty things with them, from garden globes, to pretty rainbow art tiles, to even glass-stained wood Easter eggs.

Glass stained frame suncatcher DIY

This time I wanted to create mini glass stained frames that will brighten up any window—no cutting glass or glass stain knowledge required!

The trick is the DecoArt silver leading that both gives the illusion of true leaded glass that you would see in a stained glass piece, but it also acts as a barrier to keep your glass stain colors separated.

Glass stain suncatcher craft idea

Here is what I used to make these pretty glass stained frame suncatchers:

  • 5″ x 7″ lightweight picture frames (I found these in two-packs at IKEA.)
  • DecoArt Glass Stains and Silver Leading
  • Eyelet screw-on hooks
  • Mini suction cup hooks

Glass stain frame suncatcher DIY

Make these really colorful suncatchers in 3 easy steps:

  1. First remove the back stand portion of your picture frames and
    replace the glass back in each frame. Then line the outer edge of the
    glass with the Leading and draw your design in the middle. I created a
    random geometric pattern on each, making about 5-7 divided portions on
    the front of your frame. Let dry.
  2. Next, add color to each divided section with your glass stain
    color of choice. Let dry. Make sure to watch for tiny air bubbles. You
    can pop them with a toothpick within the first 10 minutes of drying
    before the stain sets.
  3. Finally, attach an eyelet hook at the top center of each
    stained glass frame masterpiece and use a suction cup hook to attach to
I absolutely love how they look on my windows! I love how the outside reflects through the tinted glass…

glass stain easy suncatchers craft

…and the sun catches the light and shows the brilliant color of each suncatcher.

So pretty!

glass stained window frames craft idea

Perfect way to keep a little summer sunshine shining all year long!


This post was previously published on Uncommon Designs on July 28, 2014 as part of the One Crafty Summer series.


Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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