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Topic: Suncatcher (nosy neighbor window screen)  (Read 5785 times)
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« on: July 07, 2013 10:56:07 AM »



The sheer curtains in my front room are nice during the day, but I've been a bit worried about passers-by on the street seeing in, especially since my boyfriend and I were both raised by hippies and tend to be a bit cavalier about the whole walking-around-naked thing. So in order to shield the neighbors from  Shocked I decided to make a suncatcher to hang in the window and provide a bit more coverage.



My dollar store materials list ($10 total):
4 rectangular plastic trays
2 oval plastic trays
2 little boxes made of flexible plastic stretched over a wire frame, which I took apart for the colored bits
1 bag of assorted color flat-bottomed craft/floral marbles
1 roll of clear packing tape


First I used crafting shears to cut the rims off of the plastic trays. This was the hardest part, and sent little shards of plastic flying everywhere. I recommend eye protection, and also not doing this in your living room unless you seriously enjoy vacuuming.



Once I had the flat bottoms of the trays, I used long strips of packing tape to tape them together, and glued the marbles on where I wanted them as accents. Then I cut the colored plastic into shapes to cover up and disguise the gaps of tape between the trays. I could have been a bit more precise about cutting/measuring to make it look more like stained glass, but by then it was getting late and my living room was entirely covered in little plastic bits and I couldn't be bothered. Finally, I "laminated" the whole thing with more strips of packing tape. Here are a few pics of it completed and hanging in the window.



Voil! A pretty Suncatcher for my window and no more scandalized neighbors. Thanks for checking out my entry--Dollar Store challenges are my favorite!
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013 11:25:38 AM »

WOW! That is amazing. I love it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013 11:32:45 AM »

Wow!  That is amazing, and stunning too!  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2013 12:19:32 PM »

Super. Love the stained glass window effect. I am so impressed that you did all this so cheaply.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2013 01:15:40 PM »

Wow, very impressive.  It looks like you spent a lot of money, hard to believe it's dollar store material.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2013 02:41:12 PM »

That's awesome. I hope it works well because you'll probably have a lot more people looking at your window now Smiley))
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2013 11:00:48 PM »

Super inventive, and a great result as well Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2013 08:54:35 PM »

That's awesome  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2013 09:26:18 AM »

very creative.  I have a bathroom window that is too small for a curtain, and true stained glass is so expensive.  I will definitely keep this idea in mind... Thanks for sharing. (if I do use this idea, I'll make sure to give credit  Grin )
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2013 03:09:30 PM »

Wow!! This is so cool to have in your house!
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2013 03:20:04 PM »

What a great idea.. I love the stained glass look!
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2013 08:57:34 AM »

I will never look at those plastic trays in the same way again!  Very very clever and imaginative!
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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2013 01:58:29 PM »

Today is the last day to vote!  Make sure to cast yours on the challenge thread. Smiley

Good luck!!
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« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2013 04:38:30 PM »

That is so awesome!! I do believe ill be borrowing this idea!
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2013 03:55:19 PM »

This is awesome. I hate that I didn't see it until today.
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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2013 08:11:56 AM »

You made it from WHAT? Hats off, that looks amazing.
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2013 07:14:56 AM »

That is a beautiful craft!  I love the snowflake feel.  And much more light in the room than light colored curtains!
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