Sun Prints: Tuesday’s Tip for Mom

This is a fun activity that all of our children (ages 1-12) enjoyed and we ended up with some pretty pictures to boot.

You will need:

  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue (not Elmer’s school glue, but just a simple glue stick)
  • leaves or something else flat and glue-able with an interesting profile
  • tape
  • picture frame (optional)

First everyone gets to go outside to gather their leaves.  It’s a great project already, isn’t it?Gathering leaves

The children will want to find leaves that are relatively flat and that have unique profiles.

I had several miscellaneous frames without pictures in them and I let each child choose their favorite, take the glass out (be careful the edges are sharp) and trace around the edges onto the construction paper. Kaitlin tracing around glassThen they cut out the paper just inside the lines that they had traced.

Colby cuttingAhem, a two year old may need a bit of help with this part.

Working on sun prints

Glue the leaves to the construction paper, arranging them however strikes your fancy.  Don’t use a lot of glue, just enough to keep things in place.glueing fernTape the paper onto a sunny window with the leaves facing the OUTSIDE.

Tape sun print to window

Supposedly these should be ready in 2-3 days, but ours took over a week.  Probably because none of our windows, even this southern facing one, are very sunny since our home is surrounded by trees and hopefully because our new windows actually  prevent sun fading as claimed. 🙂

When you have waited an appropriate amount of time, take the papers down and remove the leaves to reveal a lovely sun print.  Place in your frames and enjoy!sunprint

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5 Responses to Sun Prints: Tuesday’s Tip for Mom
  1. Momtofivekids
    June 23, 2009 | 8:09 am

    lve been looking for an easy craft idea-thanks!

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  2. Stephanie
    June 23, 2009 | 3:18 pm

    I recently saw sun print paper for sale and thought what a neat craft that is!

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  3. Nicki
    June 23, 2009 | 3:48 pm

    That is too easy! Thank you!

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  4. Lana (ilovemy5kids)
    June 23, 2009 | 10:39 pm

    What a great tip! I’ll keep this in mind!

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  5. Deirdre
    June 6, 2010 | 7:48 pm

    I like that this craft takes us outside to explore the woods!

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