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Suncatchers: Crafts Using Stained Glass Cobbles

Updated on February 26, 2013

How to Make a Stained Glass Suncatcher for your Window

A simple yet awesome glass craft that utilizes "green" materials to make an easy to do wreath that can be used as an ornament or sun-catcher. This is a really cool craft project that takes just a few materials and just a little time to complete. Crafting with Stained Glass Cobbles is really gratifying not only does the beautiful cathedral stained glass make the finished piece stunning the glass itself is a truly green product made here in the USA from recycled bottles and plate glass. Each little cobble has had its edges softly rounded taking the "ouch" out of having to cut and grind it yourself. Following is the complete set of instructions in an easy to follow photo tutorial. Enjoy!

Mixed Blue Stained Glass Cobbles for use in glass mosaics and other craft projects
Mixed Blue Stained Glass Cobbles for use in glass mosaics and other craft projects

Suncatcher Material List

2.5 ounce package of Mixed Blues Stained Glass Cobbles

2.5 ounce package of Mixed Green Stained Glass Cobbles

Mixed Assortment of Blue and Green Glass Beads

1-length of 1/2" wide ribbon 30" long (for hanging the wreath)

1-length of 1/2" wide ribbon 12" long for bow

Clear Glass Adhesive (I use E6000)

Clear Acrylic for doughnut base

wood skewer or toothpick

NOTE: The wreath only need 2.5 ounces of Cobbles to complete. The wreath design shown has blues and greens so two packages were needed to achieve the chosen color scheme. Double your ribbon and you will be able to craft two wreaths.

An Illustrated Guide to Crafting a Stained Glass Wreath - Click on the picture to view steps

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1. Clear acrylic is needed for the backing on which the Stained Glass Cobbles will be adhered. I have used a plastic clam shell in this tutorial but you can also purchase sheets of clear plastic from your local craft store or Amazon. Using a compass 2. Using scissors or an razor blade knife cut out the large circle. To remove the center section first cut a spoke like pattern within the circle template then remove the small sections. Clean the plastic doughnut of all traces of the marking pen usi3. Cut a small slit the width of your ribbon along the base of the hanging tab following the curve of the circle. Insert the ribbon pulling it through until both ends are equal in length. It is important that the ribbon be added before you glue on th4. Lay out your glass cobbles around your circle then mix the colors to create a pleasing mix. The wreath is made by gluing two overlapping layers of Stained Glass Cobbles on top of each other. The bottom layer will have the most cobbles. I enjoy a m5. Once you are ready to start gluing move the cobbles to the outside of the circle and make sure the ribbon is not going to interfere with your "cobbling". Set up your work area so that you have all your needed craft tools nearby. I like to have my 6. To adhere the cobbles take a small drop of glue onto a wood skewer or toothpick then smear the adhesive onto a cobble then place the piece of glass on to the plastic circle starting with the outside edge. It is perfectly okay to have the cobbles e7. Once finished with the bottom layer glue on the top layer overlapping the bottom cobbles. It is exciting to see how the layering of colors over each other enhance the beauty of the finished piece.8. For the final touch add a few beads to your stunning piece. I first lay out all the beads that might work well with the colors of cobbles I have used. By placing the beads on a white paper plate or my favorite is to reuse a clam shell, you can eas9. The actual gluing of the beads can be the most "cross-eyed" part of the project....those little tiny beads love to go flying in all directions so I have discovered that the easiest way for me to adhere them to the wreath (in the place where I want10. To complete the wreath I make a small bow that I attach with glue to the ribbon. For the pictured wreath I adhered two small cobbles to the bow, beads work well too. The ends of the ribbon were tied into an attractive knot for hanging. Beautiful!
1. Clear acrylic is needed for the backing on which the Stained Glass Cobbles will be adhered. I have used a plastic clam shell in this tutorial but you can also purchase sheets of clear plastic from your local craft store or Amazon. Using a compass
1. Clear acrylic is needed for the backing on which the Stained Glass Cobbles will be adhered. I have used a plastic clam shell in this tutorial but you can also purchase sheets of clear plastic from your local craft store or Amazon. Using a compass
2. Using scissors or an razor blade knife cut out the large circle. To remove the center section first cut a spoke like pattern within the circle template then remove the small sections. Clean the plastic doughnut of all traces of the marking pen usi
2. Using scissors or an razor blade knife cut out the large circle. To remove the center section first cut a spoke like pattern within the circle template then remove the small sections. Clean the plastic doughnut of all traces of the marking pen usi
3. Cut a small slit the width of your ribbon along the base of the hanging tab following the curve of the circle. Insert the ribbon pulling it through until both ends are equal in length. It is important that the ribbon be added before you glue on th
3. Cut a small slit the width of your ribbon along the base of the hanging tab following the curve of the circle. Insert the ribbon pulling it through until both ends are equal in length. It is important that the ribbon be added before you glue on th
4. Lay out your glass cobbles around your circle then mix the colors to create a pleasing mix. The wreath is made by gluing two overlapping layers of Stained Glass Cobbles on top of each other. The bottom layer will have the most cobbles. I enjoy a m
4. Lay out your glass cobbles around your circle then mix the colors to create a pleasing mix. The wreath is made by gluing two overlapping layers of Stained Glass Cobbles on top of each other. The bottom layer will have the most cobbles. I enjoy a m
5. Once you are ready to start gluing move the cobbles to the outside of the circle and make sure the ribbon is not going to interfere with your "cobbling". Set up your work area so that you have all your needed craft tools nearby. I like to have my
5. Once you are ready to start gluing move the cobbles to the outside of the circle and make sure the ribbon is not going to interfere with your "cobbling". Set up your work area so that you have all your needed craft tools nearby. I like to have my
6. To adhere the cobbles take a small drop of glue onto a wood skewer or toothpick then smear the adhesive onto a cobble then place the piece of glass on to the plastic circle starting with the outside edge. It is perfectly okay to have the cobbles e
6. To adhere the cobbles take a small drop of glue onto a wood skewer or toothpick then smear the adhesive onto a cobble then place the piece of glass on to the plastic circle starting with the outside edge. It is perfectly okay to have the cobbles e
7. Once finished with the bottom layer glue on the top layer overlapping the bottom cobbles. It is exciting to see how the layering of colors over each other enhance the beauty of the finished piece.
7. Once finished with the bottom layer glue on the top layer overlapping the bottom cobbles. It is exciting to see how the layering of colors over each other enhance the beauty of the finished piece.
8. For the final touch add a few beads to your stunning piece. I first lay out all the beads that might work well with the colors of cobbles I have used. By placing the beads on a white paper plate or my favorite is to reuse a clam shell, you can eas
8. For the final touch add a few beads to your stunning piece. I first lay out all the beads that might work well with the colors of cobbles I have used. By placing the beads on a white paper plate or my favorite is to reuse a clam shell, you can eas
9. The actual gluing of the beads can be the most "cross-eyed" part of the project....those little tiny beads love to go flying in all directions so I have discovered that the easiest way for me to adhere them to the wreath (in the place where I want
9. The actual gluing of the beads can be the most "cross-eyed" part of the project....those little tiny beads love to go flying in all directions so I have discovered that the easiest way for me to adhere them to the wreath (in the place where I want
10. To complete the wreath I make a small bow that I attach with glue to the ribbon. For the pictured wreath I adhered two small cobbles to the bow, beads work well too. The ends of the ribbon were tied into an attractive knot for hanging. Beautiful!
10. To complete the wreath I make a small bow that I attach with glue to the ribbon. For the pictured wreath I adhered two small cobbles to the bow, beads work well too. The ends of the ribbon were tied into an attractive knot for hanging. Beautiful!

Where To Buy Stained Glass Cobbles?

Amazon has all of the colors and sizes available in three package quantities, 2.5 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz. Shipping is free on Cobble orders of $25 or more and they are shipped to arrive at your door within 3 to 4 business days. The company has been manufacturing colored sheet glass for the stained glass and architectural industries for over 30 years. A top notch business! And "green" too! All of their glass is made from recycled bottles and windows. They were the first US company to do so starting way back in the 1970's.

Which Glass Beads To Use?

I have a bead addiction, there are so many awesome beads on the market that I have started to collect a few on just about every trip to the craft store. The beads that I particularly love to add to my glass mosaics are (of course) made of transparent glass. They add such wonderful depth to the projects. I seem to always use a mix of small E-beads along with a few in larger ones, usually no bigger than 1/4", unless they are so amazing that I have to use them. I selected a couple of bead choices from Amazon that would work really well. Hmmm, I think I need to get a few more too!

Plaid Gallery Glass Surfaces Styrene Blanks (8" X 10") - 2 per package
Plaid Gallery Glass Surfaces Styrene Blanks (8" X 10") - 2 per package

Styrene blanks are great all-purpose surfaces for Gallery Glass designing. Each package contains two 8" X 10" styrene blanks.

 

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Stained Glass Cobbles Mosaic Hanging Wreath
Stained Glass Cobbles Mosaic Hanging Wreath

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      amazing craft lens thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Coming back to enjoy your sun catchers once again....so sweet!

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      I might never be able to leave your beautiful lenses, they're awesome. Thanks for sharing this.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What wonderful sweet and lovely suncatchers, well done....again!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Your suncatcher is beautiful.

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      whirlwind 6 years ago

      Hello RitaK. I like your "Suncatchers: Crafts Using Stained Glass Cobbles"lens. Thanks for sharing how to make one with easy to follow instructions. And I agree that wreaths hung on windows or mirrors do "add a bit of sparkle to humdrum days."

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Beautiful stained glass wreaths. I now know what to do with sea glass when we find it on the beach.

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      Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I am SO enthused and inspired by your lens.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      You are such a lovely crafts master and I have been stunned by many of your lenses, this one no excepion. featured on Motivation.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Wow! Another beautiful ornament project! These are gorgeous too!

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      spider-girl 6 years ago

      Love the project!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Rita, these are just lovely and great, easy to follow directions. What wonderful gifts these would make if one would be able to part with them! Beautifully done, once again! You are so talented!

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      TWOnline2 6 years ago

      i like this a lot

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Simple but so effective. I'll have to try to make something like this. I love it.

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      TerriLynnC 6 years ago

      LOVE THIS!! Thank you!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Wow what a great idea! I have beach jewels from the '60 I found in Hawaii on the beach when I went on my husbands RR...I never knew they where worn glass objects, now I can make something out of them...thanks for sharing!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Love the color combination of blue and green! Such a festive crafty idea.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Another really really lovely idea. Beautiful.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Gorgeous and from recycled materials, too. Thanks for sharing this great idea. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Rachel Field 6 years ago

      This is beautiful - what a great idea!

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      I love it, nice job!

      Robin :)

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      bigjoe2121 6 years ago

      wow! you are so talented!