DIY Wire Wrapped Tree Suncatcher!

Thank you to Artterro Eco Art Kits for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are my own.

Happy Earth Day!  In celebration of the day, I’m working with Artterro’s Deluxe Bubble Wand Kit and making a pretty wire wrapped tree suncatcher with an Earth Day theme.  And what better way to celebrate the day than to create with one of Artterro’s fun, eco-friendly craft kits!  Interested?

wire wrapped tree sun catcher

The craft kits from Artterro are not only all-inclusive, but contain high quality materials that are sure to inspire. Each kit challenges you or your child to create something amazing.  The end result is something that you and your children can cherish for years to come!

And to go along with the Earth Day theme, Artterro has come out with Super Eco, Vibrant New Packaging!

  • A sturdier box you can reuse to store art materials (also a bonus project!)
  • No more petroleum-based plastic bags!
  • Biodegradable bead bags
  • A big glossy band with detailed images of all sorts of artwork
  • An inner tray to protect the beautiful materials
  • 100% PCW recycled paper packaging
  • Recycled bands printed w/ soy ink & green energy

And….new and improved kits with more supplies and lots of great ideas!  If you have never visited Artterro’s website, you really need to check them out! I love the variety of kits and love the fact that these are craft kits that you won’t see just anywhere.

So let’s check out the Bubble Wand Kit…

Bend high-quality copper wire into fun shapes and adorn with beads and marbles to construct two beautiful, sturdy wands. Perfect for blowing giant bubbles and casting magic spells! There are tons of great ideas in this kit, you can create a wand,  brighten a garden or add whimsy to a potted plant!  Or…you can make a wire wrapped suncatcher like I did!  Want to know how?

wire wrapped tree sun catcher

This kit contains: 

High-quality copper wire in 3 gauges, wooden wand sticks, wood, glass and shell beads, marbles, jig pattern, bubble recipe and instruction booklet.

You will also need: Pliers, Glass Glue

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Begin by using the heaviest gauge (or thickest) copper wire to create the frame for the suncatcher.  Make the sides about 6″ long and wrap the wire around a dowel or paintbrush handle at each corner.  Clip the wire when you get to the last corner with wire cutters, and use pliers to crimp the end to the first loop.  (see above)  You now have a square frame.

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To make the holder, wrap the end of the heavy gauge copper wire around a dowel or paintbrush to get it started, and then use your fingers to manipulate the wire into a pretty coil.  Do this on each end and then use the dowel to create a loop in the middle for hanging.  Attach the hanger to the top of the frame with the smallest gauge wire.  Simply wrap it around the two larger wires, and cut with wire cutters.

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Create a coiled decoration for the top of the frame using the heavy gauge wire, and then attach it with the smallest gauge wire.  Your frame is now complete and we are ready to start the tree!

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The tree is a free form created with the smaller gauge wires.  Begin at the bottom of the frame, wrapping the wire onto the frame.  (You will find that pliers are very useful on this project).  Move up the base of the tree and anchor the wire at the top of the frame.  Do not clip off the extra wire, continue it on to add branches, wrapping it and crimping where you need to.  Then add more wires, contributing to the shape of the tree, always starting at the bottom and working up.  As you get into the branches, start adding beads.  This kit comes with some amazing beads!

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It looks a little messy at first, but as you add wires and beads, your tree will soon take shape!

wire wrapped tree sun catcher

I could have stopped here, but see those pretty colored marbles at the top of this photo?  Well, they needed to go on the suncatcher too!  I placed them into the branches of the tree and adhered them with glass glue.  (Do not use hot glue for this project as it will let go in the heat of the sun).

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And here is my completed project!  I just love the colors of the beads with the sun shining through!!

For more fun kids crafts, please check out my Kids Crafts Page for a ton of crafty ideas!

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  • Karren March 13, 2017, 7:40 am

    Your sun catcher turned out great, what a great project with so many beads and wire on hand I will have to give this a try. They are coming up with the best kits for kids to get them involved in crafts.
    Found you on Merry Monday.
    Would love to have you drop by and share on my Friday Features in progress.
    Have a great week!
    Karren:)

  • Megin May 15, 2015, 11:41 am

    Thank you for sharing your post recently at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m hosting a Series in June “30 Days of Summer” and I ‘d love to feature you!
    To participate, please email me your post (with an introduction and link back to your site) at vmg206 at gmail. I hope you join us!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  • Swapna April 14, 2015, 7:04 am

    When I saw the finished product picture on VMG I was way too curious to know what are these wires you’d used. So it’s a kit! I shall look for it too!

    The trees looking gorgeous!

  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista April 9, 2015, 7:29 pm

    Suzy I absolutely love your pretty tree suncatcher. I’m featuring it this weekend at the DIY Sunday Showcase Party!

  • Cathy April 6, 2015, 2:32 pm

    I’ve never worked with wire before but you make it look so simple. Thank you for sharing this delightful project at the Share It One More Time party. Cathy

  • Lis May 23, 2014, 4:38 am

    Love this but think I will use handmade plastic beads instead of having to buy any. Rolling plastic bottle beads is dead easy if you’ve got one of those paper bead making rollers. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea.

  • Mary April 30, 2014, 6:17 pm

    so excited to make this! have always wanted to work with wire! the wire and beat kit is my favorite!

  • jet April 30, 2014, 9:46 am

    lovely and beautiful, all the colours making me just happy and eager to make one;-D
    thank you for t he tute and sharing:-D

  • Nancy April 28, 2014, 10:25 pm

    I like the bubble wand kit…very creative and I love bubbles!

  • Mural April 28, 2014, 8:21 am

    Though all kits are wonderful, I like the Wire & Bead Art Kit the most. Looks really fun to play with. We could create all sorts of designs using two simple ingredients:Beads and Wire.

  • KaySue April 27, 2014, 11:13 am

    I like the Wire & Bead Art Kit.

  • Dayna Barnes April 26, 2014, 7:46 pm

    Thanks SO MUCH for the instructions for this project. My daughter and I just made one, and it looks so fabulous! We aren’t able to get the kits here, so we just bought the supplies.

  • maria April 25, 2014, 12:44 pm

    so nice

  • Lana @ ilovemy5kids April 25, 2014, 12:34 pm

    I love the Bubble wand kit but all of them are so cool looking. My kids would eat them up.

  • C4G April 24, 2014, 8:53 pm

    Loverly!

  • LaTanya April 24, 2014, 11:58 am

    the wire and bead kit

  • Rachel Rich-Shea April 24, 2014, 1:34 am

    The bubble wand kit!

  • Debbie Ritenour April 24, 2014, 12:49 am

    The bubble wand kit because it seems like something my daughter would love as well!

  • Sunny C April 23, 2014, 11:12 pm

    I Love the Bead and Wire Kit!! Thank-You for the chance! 🙂

  • Ellen Turbyfill April 23, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I love the Bubble Wand kit. This suncatcher is beautiful!

  • Norma Cooney April 23, 2014, 12:58 am

    definitely the bubble blowing kit. I have neighbors I blow bubbles with.

  • Connie Cain April 23, 2014, 12:29 am

    The wire and bead kit is awesome! 🙂
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  • crystal dubeau April 22, 2014, 11:55 pm

    I love the Bubble Wand Kit – would love to make the suncatcher with my kids! 🙂

  • laurel April 22, 2014, 11:53 pm

    I like the bubble wand kit the best. The tree of life is awesome!

  • Staci April 22, 2014, 11:39 pm

    I love the art journal kits, and plan on getting them for the grandkids. But the kits with copper wire and beads (Bubble Wand and Wire and Bead Art) look like the most fun for me.

  • Pat April 22, 2014, 5:20 pm

    I love the wire and bead or the bubble wand. Would make some cute things to stick around the yard to keep my dogs from digging in the flier beds.

  • Victoria April 22, 2014, 3:54 pm

    OMG! I need that bubble wand kit! If I don’t win, I’ll buy it.

  • Pamala Rush April 22, 2014, 1:36 pm

    I like the art doll kit.

  • Pat Kichinko April 22, 2014, 12:29 pm

    The book making kit, definitely! I have a friend who teaches reading. I would love to help her students make some cool books!!

  • Debbie April 22, 2014, 11:34 am

    I LOVE the Bubble wand kit! And I love what you did with it! The Tree of Life is one of my favorite symbols.

  • CindyM April 22, 2014, 11:27 am

    I think my grandsons would enjoy the Wool felt bugs and the Bubble Wand kits. Some of these are about to end up in my mailbox. LOL. Thanks for the ideas and link to Artterro’s.

  • NancyGrace April 22, 2014, 11:12 am

    Whoo Hoo! I LOVE the CREATIVITY KIT!

  • Janet April 22, 2014, 11:00 am

    I like the wire and bead kit the best, but others were also appealing.

  • Jewel April 22, 2014, 10:15 am

    The wire and bead kit appeals to me the most. I know a little girl who would love it.

  • Winona P April 22, 2014, 9:57 am

    I’ve never really crafted with wire before but this looks like something I could do. I’m such a big fan of trees I would try this project.

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