DIY Butterfly Suncatcher

Susan Myers
by Susan Myers
2 Hours
I love to create things out of unusual items. This particular project uses disposable aluminum pans to create a colorful butterfly suncatcher!
This project uses 3 disposable aluminum pans and a bit of E6000 glue. The finished piece looks great hanging in a window or even your rear view mirror!
For this project I used:

3 aluminum disposable pans (you can find them at your local grocery store)


E6000 Glue (made for metal or glass)

Butterfly Pattern


Small piece of wire

Small piece of fishing line
Begin by cutting the aluminum pans into 1/4″ strips. They don’t have to be perfectly even, I did not use a ruler to measure them. (Be careful as the metal is sharp. You may want to use gloves).
Coil the strips into circles and teardrops.
Use a butterfly pattern to lay your coiled pieces out, gluing them together as you go.
Create antennae with wire and then bling up both sides with gemstones! Hang using fishing line.

For more details on assembly and the free butterfly pattern, see my web site!
Susan Myers
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  • Debbie Flannery Debbie Flannery on Dec 08, 2018

    Will the aluminum be to sharp to hang on a window and scratch it?

    Is there a way to maybe take away the sharpness???

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  • Shari K Shari K on Nov 17, 2015
    My grand mother use to do this with beer cans and soda pop cans. she made furniture this way.Very cool!

    • Cat bollerud Cat bollerud on May 17, 2016
      @Shari K Your GrandMama sounds cool as beans; how in h*ll did she make furniture out of beer and pop cans? Haven't been to Colorado in years; is it still gorgeous? Thanx

  • Hub2951439 Hub2951439 on Jul 03, 2016
    It's like quilling with aluminum instead of paper