How to Make a Sea Glass Suncatcher with Beads

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Are you looking for a simple, fast and fun craft to make from sea glass? Make this beautiful sea glass suncatcher quickly and easily with sea glass and plastic beads.

Things you’ll need:

  • Sea glass shards
  • Plastic beads (I used translucent, colorful beads with glitter)
  • Drill
  • Driftwood
  • String or fishing line
  • An old cupcake pan

Step One

Find sea glass on the beach or choose from your collection. If you need help finding sea glass, you can use fake sea glass found at most craft stores or get tips here about how to find real sea glass.


Sea Glass Suncatcher

Sea Glass

Step Two

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place pieces of sea glass in a cupcake pan, and surround them tightly with plastic beads. You can get plastic beads at any craft store.

Be sure to open all your windows. Turn on fans. Fumes from baking plastic are toxic. 


Plastic Beads

Sea glass and plastic beads

Step Three

Place cupcake pan in oven and bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes. The beads are done when they are completely melted. If you see any spaces around the sea glass, you can add another bead or two and bake again until melted. Be careful not to burn yourself.

plastic beads and sea glass

sea glass suncatcher baking

Step Four

After the beads are melted, remove cupcake from oven and let cool for at least thirty minutes.

After beads are cooled, simply flip pan over onto a towel and tap the bottom of the pan. The suncatcher rounds should fall out easily.

sea glass suncatcher

Step Five

Drill holes into suncatcher rounds.

Tie with string or fishing line and hang from something coastal like a piece of driftwood. If you hang the suncatcher outside, it also makes a nice wind chime.

sea glass sun catcher

sea glass suncatcher


  • Wee Selkie

    I love this idea, but the plastic beads did not melt properly. Perhaps it was
    because of the foil lined centre of the bead. Will try again.

    • Cathy

      Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. I’ve used plastic beads from Jo Ann’s and Michael’s. They don’t have any foil.

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