As we are now in our third lockdown in Ontario and everything is closed, I am “shopping” my house once again for items I can use for projects. (see some of last years lock down projects here and here)
I came across this old frame I had and have always loved its shape and details. It was the perfect size to make into a suncatcher to add a little sparkle to one of my windows.
To create the insert that would catch the sun and look like stained glass, I sifted through my napkin collection (yes, that is a thing!) looking for something pretty. I settled on a beautiful butterfly one that seemed to just scream spring. (here are some similar ones…)
A napkin in and of itself is a little too flimsy to use as an inset so it needed to be hardened up. I tried several different products to do this and by far the best was Mod Podge.
Brush a thick layer over an acetate sheet,
separate the napkin from its backing,
and then lay the front part over the Mod Podge.
Once you have the napkin laying on the Mod Podge, be careful if you try to smooth it out. It will rip easily since it is so thin.
I found it much easier to smooth it out with the brush as I brushed on another thick coat of Mod Podge over the napkin.
After the Mod Podge has completely dried (I waited several hours), peel the napkin away from the acetate sheet. The Mod Podge peels very easily whereas some of the other products I tried were not as smooth.
Attaching the Insert
The napkin covered in the dried Mod Podge will be pliable but stiff. You can easily trim it down to the size of the frame you are working with.
The new suncatcher looks so pretty hanging in the window. The napkin allows the light to flow through like stained glass but was so much quicker and easier to make.
Only three more weeks of lockdown to go (we hope!) so I guess it will be back to the stash to see what else I can make…
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