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How to Create a Memory SunCatcher


It’s getting close to Mother’s Day which means it’s time to think about ways to celebrate the Moms that mean the world to us! If you’re like many families, you may live in cities scattered around the country or even the world but you still know that the most important thing is family! For this Mother’s Day, I wanted to find a frugal, crafty gift that the kids and I could create to give to my Mom (Nonna!) that would celebrate the gift of family! A Memory SunCatcher is the perfect idea!

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How to create a memory suncatcher

Finding the Perfect Card for Mother’s Day

My Mom has been my go-to person for 41 years!  When my son got sick in the camping tent and I needed help cleaning up the mess, I didn’t think twice about waking Mom in the other tent.  When we headed to the hospital for a midnight ER run with a sick family member, I didn’t even blink before I called her and asked her if she was awake and ready to start praying!  Through the birth of our three kids, Mom has been here to help me learn to be a Mother.  She has seen me through hundreds of piano recitals, school competitions, late night carpools, car trouble, teen drama and bad haircuts.   I wanted to find the perfect card and gift for this special holiday!

Mom and Family

This past week, I spent some time at Walmart looking for a card for my Mom and my Mother-in-law. I looked at the serious cards, the silly cards, the ones that are from all of us, from children and for your wife. I finally found 2 cards that just fit!

How to Create a Memory SunCatcher

How to create a memory suncatcher

Our core family consists of my parents, me and my 2 siblings, our spouses and the kids! We are 18 in number. That’s alot of people that my Mom and Dad spend time praying and thinking about on a daily basis! I wanted to find a way to keep our names in front of them anytime Mom is in the kitchen washing dishes or when she just walks past her window! I wanted to create a simple Memory Windchime featuring each of our names!

How to create a family suncatcher

Materials Needed

  • Wooden Word – Family
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Fishing Line
  • Letter Beads
  • Decorative Buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun (optional)


  • Paint the wooden word
How to create a memory suncatcher
  • If you want a little extra sparkle and don’t have the right paint, you can use a sparkly clear fingernail polish.
  • Sort the letter beads to spell the names
How to create a memory suncatcher
  • Put a knot in the end of the fishing line
  • Slide each name on to the line
  • Alternate the names with the handprint buttons
  • Tip:  to Keep the names and butons from sliding together, just make a little knot in the fishing line along the way.
  • Tie the line with the names to the wooden sign.
  • Use a small suction cup to attach the suncatcher to the window.
  • Wrap the individual lines in tissue paper so they don’t get tangled in the gift bag.
How to create a memory suncatcher
  • Enjoy the memories of each person everytime you see their names
How to create a memory suncatcher
How to create a memory suncatcher

How do you plan to celebrate Mother’s Day? I’d love to hear!

Looking for more ideas for Mother’s Day? How about this simple Thumbprint Flower Pot idea!

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  1. Terrific idea, Sharon. You know how much I love crafts. I would be delighted to receive one of these from my children or grandchild!

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