How Long Does It Take to Make a Stained Glass Suncatcher?

A stained glass suncatcher is a beautiful piece of art that can be passed down from generation to generation. Since these pieces take time and patience to make correctly, knowing what to expect when starting a stained glass suncatcher and having a stained glass creation timeline can help keep you on track.

Stained Glass Creation Timeline

The time it takes to complete a project like this really does depend on three things:

  • Your skill level
  • The type of suncatcher you want to make
  • The materials you need or have on hand

The first thing to consider is your own skill level. If you are making a leaded stained glass suncatcher, for instance, this will take much longer than a simple hanging stained glass suncatcher. If you want to make a stained glass effect suncatcher with plastic and glass paint, this takes far less time than a traditional stained glass suncatcher.

The last thing to keep in mind is the materials that you need. If you have everything on hand, you can start quickly without stopping to purchase materials.

If you are making a genuine stained glass suncatcher, you can expect to invest days in the project. A great plastic alternative will only take a couple of hours and is a great project to do with the family that is fun and easy.

How To Make a Stained Glass Effect Suncatcher

If you do not have stained glass materials or if you want an easier suncatcher that still looks like stained glass, plastic discs can be a great option for you. You will need plastic discs with a predrilled hole in the top for hanging, fishing line or clear plastic string, a base, and glass paints for this project.

Take each disc and paint it a different color with the glass paint. Glass paint will provide a gorgeous see-through effect and look like stained glass without actually using glass that can be dangerous and heavy. After you have painted each disc, allow enough time to dry.

String fishing line through each disc and secure it tightly. You then need to add your discs to your base. A great base for this project is an embroidery hoop. Tie the discs around the edge of the hoop at varying levels to give a tiered effect. Add a hanger to the top of the hoop and hang it near a window or outside. The glass paint will dry see-through, so it will look like glass. Since it is plastic, it will be much lighter and easier to hang.

This is a great project to do with kids or with friends since it is easy, fun, and produces a gorgeous finished item. This project takes a couple of hours to complete but is well worth the time invested when you see the final product.