Beach Flag Suncatcher

Beach Flag Suncatcher - @amandaformaro

Using a piece of glass from an old picture frame and glass stain paints, I created this fun suncatcher. Its design was inspired by the American flag, but I chose a starfish for the flag’s star and light blue and green as my colors since it was for my bathroom. I had no idea how fun these glass stain paints were going to be, wish I had tried them sooner!

Beach Flag Suncatcher - @amandaformaro

DecoArt came out with these glass stain paints this year, they come in transparent, which I used, and pearlescent. You can use them on prepurchased suncatchers that already have the design, all you have to do is fill in the sections. Or, you can use DecoArt’s leading (silver or black, I used silver for this project) to create your own design.

Just think how fun it would be to turn one of your child’s drawings into a suncatcher! Just put the drawing under a piece of plastic or glass and go from there. Here, let me show you what I did…

Beach Flag Suncatcher - @amandaformaro

I’ve had this cat picture forever. I don’t even know where I got it. While it’s cute and all, it hasn’t fit within my home’s decor for many years. So, I decided to take it apart and I used the glass for this project. I am saving the frame for something else, so stay tuned for that!

Beach Flag Suncatcher - @amandaformaro

First of all, if you like this design you DO NOT have to follow my instructions here to create your own template. Instead, I’ve created a simple PDF pattern for you. It’s available in the printable instructions below.

What I did to create the template was to start with one of the cardboard backings that were inside the frame as they are the exact size of the glass. Handy! As you can see from the pictures, I used a starfish stencil to draw the starfish onto my template. And, I created stripes using a ruler. Easy peasy.

Beach Flag Suncatcher - @amandaformaro

Using the leading is as simple as drawing. I do recommend that you try a couple of practice strokes first on a scrap piece of paper, just to get a feel for it. First, I rolled a piece of clear tape and attached the template to the glass. Then I used the leading to draw my lines on. For the starfish, I realized that all of its edges needed to be closed in order to “catch” the color when I fill it in.

Beach Flag Suncatcher - @amandaformaro

The leading needs to dry for SIX HOURS. Don’t skimp! Let it dry. When its ready, use your glass stain colors to fill in the sections, starting at the edges and filling in the middle afterward.

VERY IMPORTANT – You have to follow the drying instructions on the bottle. Looks can be very deceiving and when you might think the glass stain is dry, it isn’t. Be patient. Trust me on this, I wasn’t and I almost ruined it!

Beach Flag Suncatcher - @amandaformaro

WHAT NOT TO DO: Don’t place your drying project in the window sill when you have cats. If you do, you will end up with a paw print in your design… like mine. :-/

Beach Flag Suncatcher - @amandaformaro

That’s it! Isn’t it fun?? I can’t wait to try this glass stain on other plastic and glass surfaces. What would you use it for?

I am a DecoArt Core Blogger. I was compensated for this post, but have always loved DecoArt products! Therefore, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Beach Flag Suncatcher


  • Piece of glass or plastic
  • Pattern
  • Toothpick
DecoArt Glass Stains
  • White
  • Green
  • Aqua
  • Silver Leading
  1. Clean glass or plastic thoroughly and be sure it is free of dust.
  2. Print pattern and place it beneath your glass, holding it in place with a piece of rolled tape.
  3. Use silver leading to draw all outlines. Allow to dry for 6-8 hours.
  4. Fill in starfish with White.
  5. Fill in box around starfish with Green.
  6. Fill in first and last stripe with Aqua.
  7. Fill in second and fourth stripe with White.
  8. Fill in center stripe with Green.
  9. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles and be sure that glass stain spreads all the way to the edges or it could pull away from the sides as it dries.
  10. Allow the project to dry thoroughly according to bottle directions, a full 24 hours is needed.
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  1. Terri Betz says

    Awesome flag! I love it! And a great recycling for those odd pieces of glass! Thanks! You have the best ideas! :)

  2. Delama says

    I really like how you done your sun catcher!!! It look a lot easier than doing it with real stain glass to do small projects. Because I use to do stain glass work a long time ago. Thank you for sharing this great idea with us.
    Have a great day :-)

  3. Bea Jay says

    From where can I buy those paint plzzzzzzzzz….!!! They look so beautiful & u did a great job thanx for sharing


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