Have you ever tried making Sunprints before? I think I probably made a couple when I was a kid, but in my adult life I had never tried it until recently. So, of course, now that I’ve had a little taste of this crazy cool (kid’s) pastime, I’m completely addicted. In a really strange way. Once I bought the kit, it was pretty much on.
SO, I made these sunprint party favor bags for candy and little gifts. And, if you’re into it, I’m sharing the tutorial for how you can make your own…using the natural light of the sun! Yay nature.
– frame with glass
– sunprint kit (which you can buy on Amazon)
– objects to use for printing (I used balloons, candy, and toothpicks)
– cardboard or stiff book
– craft glue
1. Start by laying out one sheet of the sunprint paper, over a piece of stiff cardboard or a book. Then, arrange objects on top of the piece of paper (in my case balloons). Place plexiglass on top (as shown in the photo) to secure objects so they don’t roll around. Plexi comes with the sunprint kit, just FYI.
2. Place the entire thing (cardboard, paper, objects, and plexi) outside in direct sunlight for 5 minutes (or until the paper turns white).
3. Then bring everything back inside. Remove the plexi and the objects from the paper, then submerge the paper in water for 1 minute or run under a faucet. Remove from the water and let the paper dry flat.
4. Once the paper is dry, its time to start making the gift bags. Start by folding the paper so that the two ends slightly overlap (as shown in photo).
5. Then cut a triangle in the center panel, at the top and a flap at the bottom of the middle panel.
6. Lastly, fold up the bottom flap and the sides and glue them together with a glue stick or craft glue. Let the glue dry and fill with candy or other party favors.
Some thoughts on printing…. I thought the balloons worked really well for the sunprinting process. But I also really like using toothpicks, which creates almost a laser inspired pattern in the bags…kind of 80s / 90s yearbook photo backdrop style. And gummy fruit rings created a cool pattern too. So, you may want to experiment with some different objects. Its really fun to test out different stuff to see what works the best for creating patterns.
That said though, they’re not all winners…I tried lollipops and they did not work very well at all because they’re weren’t even heights, so you couldn’t really see what was going on when the sunprint was finished. Thumbs down there.
Flowers and leaves work great though…I used those on another project (that I haven’t shared yet) and the prints were pretty interesting. So if you like the botanical vibe, that would be a good option.
Photography by Kimberly Murray
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you’ll give this DIY a try? Do you remember playing around with sunprint art when you were a kid?