Vintage Scarf Suncatchers: Simple and Unbreakable!

Vintage Scarf Suncatchers: Simple and Unbreakable!

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!

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DIY Tutorial

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.

Vintage scarves to be repurposed into DIY suncatchers or sun catchers and bird window deterrents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Imperfect scarves are perfect for repurposing!

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.

Vintage scarves and embroidery hoops to be repurposed into DIY suncatchers or sun catchers and bird window deterrents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

3″ and 4″ hoops will work wonderfully…

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.

Vintage scarves and embroidery hoops to be repurposed into DIY suncatchers or sun catchers and bird window deterrents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s work with this scarf!

 

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.

How to make a DIY shatterproof sun catcher using a vintage scarf and repurposed embroidery hoop by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Won’t these be pretty?

How to make a DIY shatterproof sun catcher using a vintage scarf and repurposed embroidery hoop by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So many different patterns to choose from!

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.

How to make a DIY shatterproof sun catcher using a vintage scarf and repurposed embroidery hoop by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All done and ready to hang!

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!

How to make and create DIY suncatchers or sun catchers with vintage scarves and repurposed embroidery hoops by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So lovely!!

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.

How to make and create DIY suncatchers or sun catchers with vintage scarves and repurposed embroidery hoops by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Inspector Cottonball reporting for duty!

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?

How to make simple, shatter-proof sun catcher or bird deterrent using a repurposed vintage scarf and embroidery hoop by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Can’t get enough pictures!

And check out my suncatchers featured in this HGTV.com article!

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. So cute! Going to do this. I have probably 75 vintage scarves just hanging around not being used and some are in more vintage condition than others.

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    love this i pinned xx

    • chris aka monkey says:

      sarah i loved this so much, i did a sorta copycat, i used my 3 and 4 yr. old grandsons water color art they did on wax paper and they turned out great, thanks for the inspiration xx

  3. marybellebuono says:

    What an awesome idea, you are just too clever my dear and these turned out great, glad
    Cottenball approved also :0) don’t have any scarves like this but my daughter may.Thank you.

  4. Diana Rambles says:

    How lovely!!

  5. Those vintage scarves have some of the coolest, colorful patterns. This is so creative. Love and pinned!!

  6. Now that is a new idea! Goes into my projects file!!!

  7. Heather Gilmour says:

    So cute suncatchers! It’s super cool where you installed them, it looks like they are on the tree. Cottonball is so sweet 🙂

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  8. totally cool and I love this idea! I so need some hoops because I have a scarf that would be perfect!

  9. What a clever idea and a perfect was to re-use the scarves. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  10. Fonda Rush says:

    It kind of looks like you are decorating the tree that stands outside the window! Pretty, and a great idea to keep birds from hitting the window and knocking their little selves out! Cats are wonderful at “helping”, aren’t they?

  11. magknj72 says:

    What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing on Think & Make Thursday

  12. Cottonball approved! 🙂 I love these!! Thanks for linking up!

  13. These are gorgeous! Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  14. Jann Olson says:

    Fun idea. I love how they bring bright color into the branches of the tree! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  15. What a great idea! I love being able to repurpose things & this is so unique! Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites. Hope to see you again next week! Michelle

  16. THis is very pretty! I think it helps to have a colourful old scarf 🙂

  17. You’re projects are SO awesome. This is totally my style!! Pinning to share

  18. Thanks for this clever idea —- in 1959, when my dad returned from Korea , he brought some silk scarves. I was 9 years old and felt so grown up when he gave them to me. Lol. They are very sheer, so I was looking for a way to preserve them, and this will work just beautifully.

  19. This is so creative and they look great hanging in your window. Great idea here!

  20. Mary Jane Garner says:

    Finally! I have been hanging on to about a dozen silk blouses from the ’70’s and 80’s, and sun catchers could be their new life. Thank you for the idea!
    Jane

  21. ksidaraswalker@aol.com says:

    I really love this! You can take these scarf sun catchers into so many directions….. like at Christmas use small hoops, – scarves of silver, gold, reds, greens – or use sheer fabric and make ornaments. These scarf sun catchers are so inspiring!

  22. These are so creative and beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. Have a great week!

  23. So creative and colorful. Love the uniqueness of this project Sarah. Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle.

  24. This is so cute! I love this idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  25. Very pretty! When I first saw this I thought they were hanging from the tree! Which is a cute idea too! Very creative 🙂

  26. What a fun idea using vintage scarfs. I have a few that my need to be recycled. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm. sb

  27. So pretty! What a great idea!

  28. What a fun idea! Scarves seem to go in and out of style, but this might be a fun way to repurpose an old sentimental favorite.

    Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

  29. Kathy A. says:

    What a great idea. I’ve had birds hit my windows; I hate it. Two years ago a quail/partridge hit my kitchen window so hard that it broke; $126 later .. The glass fitter took the bird home and dressed it out for a meal! Once a pileated woodpecker hit the slider; I got up close and personal caz I thought he’d broken a wing; only winded himself–he was absolutely gorgeous. I will NEVER forget that gold beady eyed stare!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Oh wow!!!! Yes, you absolutely need some deterrents! I can’t even imagine one hitting it and breaking, holy moly…

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