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Topic: Suncatcher (nosy neighbor window screen)  (Read 9028 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!

« 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 )

« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2013 03:09:30 PM »

Wow!! This is so cool to have in your house!
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