American Flag Suncatcher

by jenni on May 22, 2010


Memorial Day is just around the corner and I was trying to think of an interesting way to decorate. I finally came up with doing suncatchers using som beads we had here at the house. This is the final project and I hope you have as much fun doing this as we did.

Materials Needed:

  • Pattern (at bottom of instructions)
  • Drinking straw
  • Clear plastic lanyard (Rexlace)
  • Scissors
  • 36 dark blue transparent beads (7mm)
  • 66 red transparent beads (7mm)
  • 48 clear transparent beads (7mm)
  • Tacky glue
  • Suction cup
  1. Cut strips of clear Rexlace, one for every row in the pattern, that are 10 inches long.
  2. Fold each strip of clear Rexlace in half so that they curve towards each other. (Rexlace has a natural curl in it.)
  3. Fold each strip around the straw and string the beads over both layers of clear Rexlace in the order the beads go on the pattern. Do 1 column at a time.
  4. After each column is finished, tie a knot at the end.
  5. Put a drop of tacky glue in each knot to help it stay.
  6. Let all of the knots dry and then cut off the extra clear Rexlace at the ends.
  7. Trim the straw so that it is a little longer than the suncatcher on both ends.
  8. Run a piece of Rexlace through the straw and make a loop to hang the suncatcher from. Tie a knot at the end and put a drop of glue in the knot.
  9. Hang it from the suction cup and enjoy!


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