How to Make a Crystal Rain Drop Sun Catcher

Hurry! While there's still spring showers - make this super fun little rain cloud!


how to make a crystal rain cloud sun catcher



I know the weather is different everywhere, but here in Northern California, I can count on one hand how many times it's rained in the past two months. It even got up to 80 in February!


However...I have to admit, despite global warming, I loved it. I loved it being warm and I loved no rain. I get S.A.D. when it rains 😩.


Actually, S.A.D. is no joke. It stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Symptoms are depression during the winter months, especially when it rains a lot. I lost 6 months to an awful winter about 5 years ago.


Gosh, if I had thought about it prior, I could have said I did this project to confront something that's hard for me - a therapeutic exercise. Maybe that's what I'll say from now on, haha 🤫.



And here's how to make the cloud:



The materials:


supplies to make a crystal rain cloud sun catcher

Step 1:

Using a piece of felt, dab blue colors - and pink highlights - of alcohol ink onto a full sheet of shrink film paper.


I kept the film intact without cutting the shape while adding the ink.


using alcohol ink on a crystal rain cloud sun catcher



Fill the entire film.


I used a piece of leftover film from a different project. It was mostly still there.

alcohol ink on a crystal rain cloud sun catcher


I also used an alcohol ink blending solution. Rubbing alcohol probably works just as well.


blending solution for a crystal rain cloud sun catcher


Step 2:

Cut out a cloud shape.

cut out cloud for a crystal rain cloud sun catcher



Step 3:

Punch holes at the bottom for your strings of raindrops. Also, make sure you punch a hole at the top for hanging.

punch holes in your crystal rain cloud sun catcher



Step 4:

Stick your cloud in your oven - or however, you choose to shrink it. Leave it in the oven for however long the instructions on your shrink film say.

shrink film for a crystal rain cloud sun catcher


Here is a before and after:


before shrinking a crystal rain cloud sun catcher
after shrinking a crystal rain cloud sun catcher

It shrinks to about the quarter of the original size, so choose your raindrop crystals accordingly.




Step 5:

Insert some beading wire through one of your bottom cloud holes and twist to the front of the wire, like so:

string wire through your crystal rain cloud sun catcher
twist the wire on your crystal rain cloud sun catcher



Step 6 & 7:

String the seed beads all the way to the cloud. String them to the length you want them to hang.


Add the crystal to the end.

attach the crystal on your crystal rain cloud sun catcher


I went through the hole in the crystal and twisted the wire around many times, between the crystal and the seed bead touching it.

crystals for your crystal rain cloud sun catcher


Step 8:

Tie some translucent fishing wire to a metal hoop and tie the other side to the top of your raincloud.

hanging a crystal rain cloud sun catcher


Hang up your crystal raincloud in a window and admire your work!


crystal rain cloud sun catcher

crystal rain cloud sun catcher



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crystal rain cloud sun catcher
crystal rain cloud sun catcher

crystal rain cloud sun catcher

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