Colorful Flat Marbles
Beautiful sun catchers have been my thing this year! Happily, I’m going to show you how to make a flat marble framed sun catcher. I’ve used all kinds of glinty objects in several different ways to make sun catchers. Sunny days around here sparkle! My latest creations are made with flat marbles glued in a frame and are very versatile . I use them in the house and in the yard to add color and sparkle in places. I also love the way the glass bead sun catchers shimmer in the sun!
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Framed Sun Catcher
My first sun catchers went inside in my windows. I thought what better way to use them, thought they were unique. I didn’t realize the hot sun could break the glass the marbles were glued to. Expansion and contraction stuff from getting hot and cold, I guess, I didn’t like science in school. I didn’t worry too much about the crack because the glued marbles held it together and it didn’t break, so far! They’ve been in the windows for 3 years now.
Since I loved making them, I ended up with more than I wanted in the house. They are just so much fun to make! I got carried away with a project, again! What to do with them? I gave them away for Christmas presents one year and still had some left! so that spring, I put some out by my beloved swing and then popped a few in with my potted flowers on the porch. Extra color amount the plants was a nice surprise to the eyes. Another way to add sparkle is to make a sun catcher. Learn how to make a sun catcher here.
How to Make a Flat Marble Framed Sun Catcher
I get my flat marbles at the dollar stores and craft stores or when I’m lucky, at the thrift stores in a vase that I can also use. Double score, cheap! Anyway, I will pick several colors, usually 3 and start laying them out in a row across the dollar store frame. I have used wooden and metal frames I found in the thrift stores. After gluing a row of marbles, I push upward on them to keep as even a row as possible.
Different At The Bottom
The last two rows take a little more time. you can end up with a bigger space than you really want. Play around with the different sizes of the flat marbles. They do vary in size. Some are big and round and some are small and round. Then you also will find some that are a little oblong. Those are the best sometimes for filling in the empty space. At the end, just wiggle the marbles around to center them in the spaces and when it’s all finished, they won’t be that noticeable.
So what do you think? Interested in making one? If you like this one, it’s over on my Etsy shop. How about sharing your ideas and creations in a comment below.