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Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Floral Suncatcher Frame

By: Creatively Beth
April 5, 2021

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Mother s Day Gift Ideas  Floral Suncatcher Frame
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Quick and easy home décor craft projects are totally my vibe. A Colorful Floral Suncatcher Frame repurposes an ordinary plastic frame with loose brush stroke florals in a variety of vibrant colors to announce that Spring has sprung! This bright and whimsical project is effortless with DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ now available at Shop.DecoArt.com  

A picture of q floral suncatcher in a glass picture drame surrounded by DecoArt Multi-Surface acrylic paints.

Water-based, DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ is a premium, satin, indoor/outdoor acrylic that can be used on almost any surface including most plastics. They are self-sealing, so no primer or varnish is required, and they offer excellent coverage in one to two coats. This special formula is designed to brush out smoothly and once fully cured, creates a durable, hard finish that is highly resistant to cleaning chemicals. Available in 90 vibrant colors that offer excellent coverage in one or two coats.

Items needed:

  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Cotton Ball
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Chick
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Pink Cadillac
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Coral
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Pumpkin Patch
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Jungle Green
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Deep Turquoise
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Periwinkle
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Lavender Fields
  • Stencils On A Ring - Sea Dog
  • DecoArt® Accessories Stencil Brush, size 1
  • DecoArt® Traditions Paintbrush, size 10 Flat and size 6 Round
  • Picture Frame with plexiglass insert, 8” by 10”
  • Ribbon, Blue 2.5” wide
  • Paper Plate or Palette Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Container with Water – to wash paintbrushes
  • Twine, White
  • Adhesive Putty
  • Colorful Floral Suncatcher Frame Pattern
  • downloadable PDF pattern

Instructions:

To begin the Colorful Floral Suncatcher Frame, remove plexiglass and set it aside to use later. Basecoat picture frame with DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ Cotton Ball using a flat paintbrush. Let dry and apply a second coat, if necessary. The Multi-Surface Satin has a superior flow and is self-leveling, so it will dry smooth.

Instruction #1 - 03-21 COLORFUL FLORAL SUNCATCHER FRAME BETH WATSON PHOTO 03
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Download and print the Colorful Floral Suncatcher Frame pattern. Remove the protective plastic from both sides of the plexiglass. Place the floral pattern under plexiglass.

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Place a quarter-size dollop of DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ Chick, Cadillac Pink, Coral, and Pumpkin Patch on a paper plate or palette. Pick up Cadillac Pink on the flat paintbrush and create a flower using large and small half circle shaped brush strokes. Load paintbrush after each stroke. Repeat, creating flowers with Coral and Chick, cleaning the paintbrush in between colors.

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While the paint is still wet, load a flat paintbrush with DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ Coral and add accents to the Cadillac Pink flower. Repeat by adding Pumpkin Patch accents to the Coral flower and Cadillac Pink accents to the Chick flower. Dip the paintbrush in accent color after each stroke, and to blend colors repeat half-circle shaped brush strokes.

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Load a round paintbrush with DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ Chick and add flower buds by dabbing the bristles of the brush down completely on the plexiglass. This movement naturally creates a loose triangular shape. Reload paintbrush after each flower bud dab. Make additional flower buds with Cadillac Pink and Coral. While the paint is still wet, add Cadillac Pink accents to the base of the Chick buds.  Repeat with Pumpkin Patch accents on the Coral flower buds, and Coral accents on the Cadillac Pink buds.

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Place a quarter-size dollop of DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ Jungle Green, Deep Turquoise, Periwinkle, Lavender Fields on a paper plate or palette. Pick up Jungle Green with the flat paintbrush and create loose leaf shapes around the flowers. While the paint is still wet, load a round brush with Periwinkle and add accents to the Jungle Green leaves. Add stems to the flower buds with Jungle Green and the round paintbrush.

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Load round brush with DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ Deep Turquoise and create loose leaf shapes as indicated on the pattern. Keep the strokes very random and free-flowing, loading brush after each stroke.

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Fill in the open spaces with groups of short strokes using DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ Lavender Fields loaded on the round paintbrush. Refer to the photo for placement. Set aside and allow the paint to dry completely.

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Once dry, flip the plexiglass over and repeat the above steps on the other side. Since this will be a suncatcher hanging on a window I wanted to create a double-sided image. Once painted, set aside to dry completely.

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To create the bow hanger, remove the B, L, O, and M from the DecoArt® Stencils on a Ring Sea Dog font. Packaged on a split ring, these heavy plastic stencils come in sets of uppercase, lowercase, and symbols. Perfect for stenciling on a variety of surfaces, like ribbon.

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Tape the end of the ribbon down onto the work surface and place a dollop of DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ Periwinkle on a paper plate or palette. Starting with the “M” placed about two inches from the end, stencil the word BLOOM onto the ribbon. Hold each letter stencil in place with your hand, load the stencil brush with Periwinkle, dab off most of the paint onto the plate, and then tap gently over the stencils to fill in each letter.

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Replace letters onto DecoArt® Stencils on a Ring in alphabetical order. I do not clean my stencils after each use, but you can wash them off using warm water.

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Tie ribbon in a bow and finish by cutting out a triangular notch from the end of each tail.

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Remove metal tabs from the inside edge of the picture frame with needle-nose pliers. Cut a 24” length of white twine and tie each end into a knot.

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Insert painted plexiglass into the frame and secure with adhesive putty or glue of choice. Attach white twine to the top right and top left of the frame and secure with putty or glue. To finish the Colorful Floral Suncatcher Frame, attach the bow to the twine hanger.

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I love the bright but still translucent shades that the DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Satin™ adds to this inexpensive frame. The Colorful Floral Suncatcher Frame project was quick to complete in just about an hour. Loose brushstroke florals are a wonderful way to try a new technique and welcome spring!

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Be sure to visit Creatively Beth  for more projects and to learn more about Beth.

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