I love Swarovski crystal suncatchers, don’t you?! They just bring in so much light and magic to a room, that it makes my heart skip a beat.
Do you have a suncatcher memory? Mine goes back to my grandmothers living room. She had beautiful crystal suncatchers in almost every window. And since her living room faced east, each morning the sun would come bursting in and fill the room with light. It was beautiful!
Since each person seems to have a connection with crystal suncatchers, it only seems fitting that we can find a way to DIY them for great gifts!
Plus, I’ve found an easy way to create beautiful Swarovski crystal suncatchers that are not only very easy but super cheap too!
It all takes a little planning to catch the Hobby Lobby sale or find a great deal at another craft store, but it will be worth it once you find your deal!
For these simple DIY crystal suncatchers, you can make them in under 20 minutes each. Once you get the hang of the process, it will take you considerably less.
And what if I told you that you can make one for around $5 each! You can! Isn’t that exciting?!! And these simple DIY crystal suncatchers would be a great gift for anyone on your list!
Plus, this is a gift that you can get the family involved. The kids can help to string the beads, and of course, helping you pick them out!
So are you excited about learning how to make these Swarovski crystal suncatchers? Let’s get to DIYing!
3 THINGS RECIPE MUST BE/HAVE:
- Strands of Beads (buy them on sale at Hobby Lobby when they go 50% Off) –
- Fishing line or bead thread (that does not stretch)
- Round Nose Pliers that also cut wire
- Pretty ornament hangers 25 pk
- Scissors for cutting line
- Swarovski Crystal Beads
- 9mm Round Jump Rings 100 ct
Optional or Substitute Items:
- 1- pkg. Diamond Drop Beads 39 ct
- 20 gauge Silver Plated Craft Wire
- Suction Cups with Hooks 12 pk
- Chandelier parts
The crystals are the most expensive part of this gift. You can purchase the crystals to make the beautiful crystal suncatchers, or you can go with a cheaper option like the chandelier parts or the diamond drop beads.
Swarovski crystal beads do go on sale but not the same week as the bead strands. They do go 50% off as well at Hobby Lobby. So this is something you need to keep in mind when making these.
Although the crystals are beautiful, they will make your project more expensive. Determine how many you are going to make and how much you want to invest in each Swarovski crystal suncatchers!
Hobby Lobby also has pretty ornament display hangers for as low as $3.99 each! Just make sure to adjust the length before finishing off your crystal suncatcher.
During the holidays they also have beaded ornament hangers and even more of a selection of ornament display hangers. They are so cute but more expensive than the plain swirly ones.
These display hangers are great because they can sit under a light and catch it all night long, not just during the day!
Or you can gift them as real suncatchers buy giving them with the suction cups with metal hooks. You can get a 12 pk for $1.99 at Hobby Lobby.
You can also just tie the simple DIY crystal suncatchers to the suction cup, instead of tying the suncatcher to the hook. But the swirly hook gives the suncatchers some added flair.
Open the jump ring with your pliers and put the Swarovski crystal onto the jump ring.
Close the jump ring with your pliers.
Here is a great guide to opening a jump ring correctly. (I just used my fingers to hold one side instead of using two pliers.)
Take your fishing line and cut about 1 yard.
Tie finishing line onto the jump ring with a surgeons knot. This will secure the fishing line to the jump ring. This is the time to double check that your jump ring is completely closed. Your line could fall off the jump ring if it is not.
This Swarovski crystal is just the start to a beautiful Swarovski crystal suncatcher!
Take your strand of beads and undo the staple at the top of the beads.
Unhook the end of the bead string. You will see that the top bead has been tied.
Push the strand line back through the bead to unlock it.
DO NOT take them off the strand (unless you want to)! But I have an easy and mess-free way of getting them onto the line you want them to be on.
You won’t believe how easy these simple DIY crystal suncatchers will be!
Take the ends of your new line that is on your Swarovski crystal and start threading them in the beads that are still connected to the old line.
Make sure you only do one bead at a time, making sure you have gotten each bead onto BOTH strands of the new line.
The bigger the bead, the easier it will be to thread each bead.
On this green strand, every bead was big enough to do this except for the small green beads. I had to take off each little green bead and thread them through the strands.
See how these beautiful crystal suncatchers will look once you are done?!
Continue threading each bead from the old strand onto your new strand.
It’s so easy to do it this way! These Swarovski crystal suncatchers are gonna look great in the window!
When you have finished threading all the beads onto the new line, now is the time to lock those beads into place.
First, take one strand of the line, and fish it around and back through the first bead. Make a half-hitch knot to secure that top bead.
Are you convinced yet how these simple DIY crystal suncatchers really are?!
Make sure to pull taught so the beads are locked into place.
You can tie them together at this point, or you can tie them to a loop for hanging.
These Swarovski crystal suncatchers are already looking fabulous!
Step 8: Making The Swarovski Crystal Suncatchers Hangers
Now, this step of making the Swarovski crystal suncatchers hangers will take some practice.
(Or, you can skip it all together by just purchasing the pretty ornament hangers. You’re welcome!)
Cut an 8 inch piece of wire with your wire cutters.
Hold the end of the wire with one hand, and with the wire pliers grasp the end of the wire and turn the wire toward itself making the loop.
Take the flat part of the loop in the pliers and bend the wire towards the loop, going in the opposite way the loop was formed.
Once you have a small spiral formed, take the wire and wrap it around an essential oil bottle or large marker to form the top part of the hanger.
Then, start repeating the spiral loop on the bottom part of the wire.
After the bottom spiral loop is made, take that wire and bend it around something small like a ballpoint pen, bending it the opposite way of the large loop.
Here are some great instructions on how to make a spiral loop.
Don’t worry, if it seems a little too difficult. These beautiful crystal suncatchers look great on the ornament hangers too!
Step 9: Tying the Swarovski Crystal Suncatchers To The Hanger
First, thread one of the fishing line through the hanger.
Then, make a surgeons knot. Here is a great picture to show you how it’s done.
If your beads are big enough, push both strands back through the first couple of beads. Then clip those strands. This makes the knot at the top more tidy and helps to hold the knots.
Your friends and family will love these Swarovski crystal suncatchers!
- Strands of Beads (buy them on sale at Hobby Lobby when they go 50% Off)
(The ones pictured were: Crystal $1.49, Green Strand $2 & Heart Strand $2.50 after 50% Off sale)
- Fishing line or bead thread (that does not stretch) – $5.99 Free if you already have some
- Round Nose Pliers that also cut wire – $6.99 – or Free if you already have some
- Pretty ornament hangers 25 pk – $1.99 (8¢/each) – or Free if you already have some
- Scissors for cutting line – Free if you already have some
- Swarovski Crystal Beads – As low as $4 per 2 pk ($2/each for the smaller ones; $3 for the larger ones; after 50% Off Sale)
- 9mm Round Jump Rings 100 ct – $2.99 (3¢/each)
Optional or Substitute Items:
- 1- pkg. Diamond Drop Beads 39 ct – $7.99 (used 40% Off Coupon = $4.79 = 13¢ each)
- 20 guage Silver Plated Craft Wire – $5.99
- Suction Cups with Hooks 12 pk – $1.99 (17¢/each)
- Chandelier parts – $7.99 (75¢/each)
Green Strand Crystal Suncatchers = As low as $5.11 (bead strand, Swarovski crystal, jump ring, pretty ornament hanger)
Or, as low as $2.21 each (bead strand, diamond drop bead, jump ring pretty ornament hanger)
Crystal Strand Crystal Suncatchers = As low as $3.60 (bead strand, Swarovski crystal, jump ring, pretty ornament hanger)
Or, as low as $1.73 each (bead strand, diamond drop bead, jump ring pretty ornament hanger)
Heart Strand Crystal Suncatchers = As low as $5.61 (bead strand, Swarovski crystal, jump ring, pretty ornament hanger)
Or, as low as $2.88 each (bead strand, diamond drop bead, jump ring pretty ornament hanger)
Total Cost if you needed to buy everything: As much as $25.44
Time: 10-20 minutes (Once you get the hang of it, it will take you considerably less!)
The best thing about these Swarovski crystal suncatchers is that you can make one in under 10-20 minutes! Great for busy moms like us!
So you can see how easily you can make these Swarovski Crystal Suncatchers!
If you have 20 minutes, you can create these DIY crystal suncatchers!
They are so easy to make and for around $5 each, you can make a gift for everyone on your gift list!
Plus, this is a gift that you can get the family involved.