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Making Golden Butterfly Suncatchers


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January 31, 2020

Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - two suncatchers hanging, showing both the back and the frontThis is a great craft for small children of all ages. They love to make these to hang in their windows, on the front porch, or to display in their room hanging from the ceiling. I was teaching a class for handicap children here and was asked to help them make suncatchers. The only help these children needed was a little help to drill the hole in the suncatcher when it was finished.

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Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 sun-catcher

Supplies:

  • old CDs
  • black permanent marker
  • fishing line
  • drill and small drill bit
  • gold fingernail polish
  • gold glitter gel
  • tape
  • fingernail polish remover
Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Clean the CD by scratching a small area on the disk. Take the tape and place next to this area and pull the tape towards you.
  2. Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - scratch the label side and use tape to clean it
     
  3. After the disk is clean take a small cloth and some fingernail polish remover and clean the front and the back of the plastic. You should use a fingernail polish remover that does not have acetone in it.
  4. Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - wipe with non-acetone nail polish remover
     
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  5. On the side of the DC that did not have the label draw your butterfly. Use the black permanent marker to draw all the lines and then color in the black area in the wing.
  6. Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - using the marker draw the butterfly on the side of the CD that did not have label
     
  7. Turn the CD over and use the gold fingernail polish to apply a layer of gold polish to the back of the butterfly. You want to make sure you cover the entire area of the butterfly.
  8. Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - cover the entire butterfly with gold nail polish on the back side
     
  9. Now touch up the butterfly with the marker to make sure all the black areas shine through. Draw a black line around the outside of the gold paint.
  10. Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - line drawn around the gold polish edges
     
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  11. Now add a layer of gold glitter glue to the front side of the CD where you drew the butterfly. I like this because when the light shines on the glitter glue it adds more color to the room and the streaks in the glue from the paintbrush will give it a great look.
  12. Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - add gold glitter glue to the front side where you drew the butterfly
     
  13. Drill a small hole in the top of the CD and tie a piece of nylon to the hole.
  14. Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - drill a hole for the hanger
     
    Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - hole
     
    Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - cut a piece of nylon fishing line for hanging and tie to the hole
     
  15. Make a loop at the end of the nylon to hang the suncatcher.
  16. Golden Butterfly Suncatcher - make a loop at the other end of the nylon fishing line to hang the suncatcher
     
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