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Fall pumpkin decor is in full swing and it’s time to make your own DIY suncatchers shaped like pumpkins! Gather the kids, they’re real easy to do.

With summer wrapping up, the leaves changing, harvest season moving right in, we’re all thinking fall food, fall colors, and fall home decorations, right?

Try these Wood Halloween Jack O Lanterns as another easy weekend pumpkin decor project!

DIY Suncatchers - Fall Pumpkin Decor, a pumpkin bead suncatcher in a window reflecting sun.

Fall Pumpkin Decor

Fall pumpkin decor is a must. Whether it’s carving real pumpkin jack o’ lanterns, or creating decorations from scratch to use year after year. 

For this project, we’re making pumpkin suncatchers from scratch. 

Orange pumpkin suncatchers made using beads

DIY Suncatchers

There are many different ways to make suncatchers. Today, we’re using plastic beads to make this a little more kid friendly.

Adult supervision is required, but the kids can certainly get in on making these fun DIY suncatchers!

Bead Suncatchers

To make bead suncatchers, start with your materials.

Once you have the materials gathered, it’s time to make suncatchers!

Materials needed to make pumpkin suncatchers with beads.

How To Make Melted Bead Suncatchers

Making bead suncatchers are quite simple to do. Follow these instructions and you’ll have fun fall decor to spread throughout your house.

Place them on the window sills or drill holes so they can be hung in the windows, too!

Arrange The Beads

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place cookie cutters on the aluminum foil.

Fill each cookie cutter with a single layer of beads.

Pumpkin bead sun catchers before melting the beads

Tip: Using a toothpick makes arranging the beads into a single layer easier!

Melt The Beads

Place the baking sheet in the oven.

Note: Be aware that the beads do release plastic smells/fumes as they melt. To avoid the smell, you can use a toaster oven outside.

Melting plastic beads for suncatchers.

Allow the beads to melt in the oven for 5 to 15 minutes, checking every few minutes.

Depending on the type of bead, they may take a shorter or longer period of time to melt.

Our beads took 15 minutes to melt.

Cool The Suncatchers

Once the beads are melted, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the cookie sheet.

Plastic bead suncatchers shaped like pumpkins

After they’ve cooled, remove them from the cookie cutters by gently pull the sides of the cookie-cutter away from the plastic.

Drill A Hanging Hole

Drill a small hole in the top of the suncatcher for hanging.

Use a scrap piece of wood to set the pumpkin on while you drill the hole. Doing so will prevent you from ruining a good surface.

DIY pumpkin fall decor suncatchers, drilling the hole for the string

Hang your suncatchers in the window in your living room, above your kitchen sink, or where ever you’d like!

Pumpkin suncatchers DIY project at home

PS: You can also hang these on your Christmas tree, too!

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Orange pumpkin suncatchers made using beads
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DIY Suncatchers Pumpkin Decor

Making bead DIY suncatchers into pumpkin fall decor shapes.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • oven

Materials

  • Plastic translucent pony beads
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Metal pumpkin cookie cutters
  • Drill fitted with a small drill bit

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F., line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  • Place cookie cutters on the aluminum foil and fill each cookie cutter with a single layer of beads.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven. Please Note: Be aware that the beads do release plastic smells/fumes as they melt. To avoid the smell, you can use a toaster oven outside. Allow the beads to melt in the oven for 5 to 15 minutes, checking every few minutes. Depending on the type of bead, they may take a shorter or longer period of time to melt. Our beads took 15 minutes to melt.
  • Once the beads are melted, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the cookie sheet. After they've cooled, remove them from the cookie cutters by gently pull the sides of the cookie-cutter away from the plastic.
  • Drill a small hole in the top of the suncatcher for hanging if desired.

Notes

Tip: Using a toothpick makes arranging the beads into a single layer easier! If you choose to drill a hole to hang your pumpkins, you can use them as Christmas tree ornaments, too!

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