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Create Rainbows on Walls with Crystal Suncatcher Balls

Create rainbows on walls with crystal suncatcher balls and add some fun and happiness to any space.  All you need are some inexpensive crystal orbs or other design of crystal sun catchers (you can even buy sticker versions).  I have three crystal orbs my grandmother bought me as a kid and when the sun hits them just right, it’s absolutely magical:

Create Rainbows on Walls with Crystal Suncatcher Balls

How Do Crystal Suncatchers Work?

When sun light passes through a faceted crystal suncatcher, it is reflected & dispersed, bouncing gleaming rainbow patterns out onto walls and surfaces.

Create Rainbows on Walls with Crystal Suncatcher Balls

Here’s a closer look at the crystal balls I have – they’re actually little tourist gifts from places she visited and I’ve seen similar one in thrift stores.  If you look inside from the top, there is a landmark/city pictured.  That’s not the important part, the important part is the faceted crystal.  When the sun hits the faceted crystal just so, it sends a smattering of rainbows all over the walls, floor and ceiling.  The whole room explodes in colorful rainbows.

Create Rainbows on Walls with Crystal Suncatcher Balls

Does a Sun Catcher Need Direct Sun?

Yes – a suncatcher needs direct sunlight to reflect rainbows into a space and you will find that, if placed on a surface, you may need to move around your orb.  Mine work best in this location at certain times of the year.

Vintage Suncatcher Balls

What is the Purpose of a Crystal Suncatcher?

Crystal suncatchers are said to reflect healing energy and disperse the flow of bad energy.  They play a role in feng shui to correct chi energy in a home.  But perhaps their simplest purpose is the joy they help spread by sending a smattering of dancing rainbows around a room.  The effect is undeniably joyful.

How to Create Rainbows Inside with Crystals

Where to Buy Suncatcher Crystal Balls?

You can often find these suncatcher balls in thrift stores or gift shops – or online!  This crystal ball prism (pictured below) can be hung in a window (perfect if you have pets or kids and can’t risk placing a sparkling crystal ball within reach).  If you’d prefer a table top one, this version comes in different sizes.



  1. barbara@hodge:podge
    April 5, 2011 / 5:37 am

    Love the sparkly rainbows! Would make great photo art!As for the chipmunk, too funny!

  2. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    April 5, 2011 / 6:01 am

    Thanks Barbara! Seeing the first pic on the blog, I'm thinking it would be pretty blown up & framed with white matting.

  3. Anna White
    April 5, 2011 / 7:13 am

    Just gorgeous! And you dont want to follow want to create your OWN sense of style and I love it!I have a disco ball hanging above my dining table..and it creates the same effect and I adore it. Good on you sweety a fab idea x

  4. Classic Style
    April 5, 2011 / 8:32 am

    ..nice way to take the rainbow inside..

  5. Mandi Smith T
    April 5, 2011 / 11:59 am

    I love the prism effect. There are a few rare occasions when my engagement ring will catch the light (always in the car) and I think, "the sparks are still flying!" Your post reminded me of it! PS: that chipmunk is the cutest thing EVER! M.

  6. Ashly@Moon Walk
    April 5, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    awesome pictures.

  7. Krazy4Mod
    April 5, 2011 / 3:00 pm

    This is my first visit to your blog and it's great!! How wonderful to sit in an office and be showered with all those amazing colors. I'm not sure how much work I would get done as I would want to look at it until the sun moves and puts the rainbow to bed for the day.

  8. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    April 5, 2011 / 3:12 pm

    Hi Krazy4Mod: Welcome! I'm glad you like my blog. Don't worry – on dreary days there are no rainbows to be found and I'm much more productive 🙂

  9. Noelle at Gray Paint Decor
    April 5, 2011 / 3:35 pm

    I love it– fantastic! Very Newtonian 🙂 The chipmunk is so cute too.

  10. Mandi Smith T
    April 5, 2011 / 3:53 pm

    Hey Tanya,Just read your message about traffic from pinterest and my guess is that someone has pinned something on your blog! Very cool. M.

    April 5, 2011 / 4:34 pm

    cool! you have a mini disco party everyday! must.get.crystal.ballz.

  12. My Beautiful Life
    April 7, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    Oh my goodness. This made my day. My 3 year old LOVES prisms. Whenever we go to his great-grandparents home, he always wants to see the prisms. I'm going to have to go out and buy some prisms so that my living room can be showered in happy little rainbow sprinkles…lovely blog. New follower.

  13. MaybeThisDoor
    April 10, 2011 / 1:12 pm

    My dear I wholehearedly agree. In our kitchen I have a grouping of varied sized vintage mason jars filled w varied disco balls(xmas ornaments)Some people love it and some people look at it like "why?" Ya gotta design for you!

  14. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    April 10, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    Wow, disco balls in a jar sound so fun!!

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