Back when I made my Aromatherapy Eye Pillows from vintage scarves, I had mentioned that my good friend, Kate DiNatale Vintage, had given me a bag of vintage scarves that she couldn’t sell. Some were stained, or had small holes…but they all held potential for upcycling so she gave them to yours truly! I’m still working through the stash and came up with this fun repurposing project, perfect for the sunny days of summer!
I dug through the bag of scarves looking for the ones that looked best when held up to the light- so the gossamer scarves were set aside for a different project, while I gathered some of the brighter, more opaque scarves.
My goal? To create simple, glass-free (i.e., lightweight and unbreakable!) suncatchers for my large bay window. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
So, in addition to my clutch of vintage scarves, I grabbed a handful of small vintage embroidery hoops (think 3”-5” sizes) from my stash.
I decided to focus on just one scarf- its colors and designs were just divine when held up to the sun! I set my hoops on the scarf here and there to figure out which snippets would work the best.
And then Cottonball joined me- of course!
Ultimately, I had to lay out a different scarf for him to lounge upon! But back to my project…
I ran a quick iron over the fabric to ease out any creases. Then, I set the smaller, inner ring under the sections I wanted to isolate and pushed the larger, outer ring over it.
After tightening it a bit, I tugged the scarf all around the hoop to make sure my design was centered and the fabric taut. Then, I simply trimmed off the excess as closely to the hoop as I could.
Once I finished creating my suncatchers, I dabbed a bit of Fray-Stop all along the raw edge to ensure it didn’t fray out of control AND stay in place- like an insurance policy.
To hang them, I simply used white thread (this fishing line would be perfect– I just didn’t have any on hand at the time) and suction cups with hooks. When all was said and done, I was mighty happy with the result!
Don’t they look fantastic (if I do say so myself)? I just LOVE the bright, whimsical colors and funky vintage design…plus, I don’t have to worry about them shattering all over the floor if the suction cup fails- which I’ve seen happen! These took very little time or effort to create- in fact, waiting for the glue to dry on the back was the biggest delay. And because Cottonball wasn’t finished, he had to check out the final result, too.
Super fun, super simple, and a great way to salvage old scarves that might be unwearable. Hanging suncatchers is also a great way to detract birds from bumping into large windows- something we all hate to happen. Pretty AND functional- don’t you love it when that happens?
And check out my suncatchers featured in this HGTV.com article!