Sun Bleaching Paper Is the Perfect Outdoor
Take advantage of long summer days with an easy project that’ll keep the kiddos entertained — not to mention teach ’em a little something’ something’ about sunlight. All it requires is a bit of patience and a burst of creative mojo.
What You Need
- Dark construction paper
- Fun objects like stencils, leaves, fruits, etc.
- A beautiful sunny day
1. Place your objects on the construction paper in a sunlit area outside. Let your kids be creative in how each object is positioned.
2. Leave the paper out in sunlight for at least 3-5 hours.
3. Remove the objects from the paper. You’ll see the sun bleached the uncovered areas, but the paper under the objects stayed fully coloured.
Tips for the Perfect Project
While this craft is simple there are a few ways to make it even cooler.
1. Choose Darker Paper
When sun bleaching paper, use a darker coloured construction paper (like blue or black) to guarantee the contrast in the shapes and stencils. Plus, the darker the paper colour, the faster it will fade.
2. Create a Melting Effect
Express your abstract style with a melting effect by placing a few crayons on the paper to create a dissolving pattern. This is a super cool way to make a few new art pieces for your kids’ rooms. Just throw it in a cute frame, and voilà!
3. Let Your Kids Pick the Objects
Half the fun of this project is allowing kids the freedom to put whatever they would like to see on their artwork. Everything from bird feathers to harmonicas are completely allowed sun-bleaching privileges. While we recommend objects with soft or dull edges, if you allow sharper objects (like scissors), make sure they’re only handled under supervision to stay safe.
4. Use Sun-Sensitive Paper
Instead of waiting a few hours for construction paper to bleach, you can purchase sun-sensitive paper at craft stores and see results in as little as three minutes. Perfect for a quick piece of artwork, or for the kiddo with a shorter attention span.
5. Create an Entire Scene
If you have the resources, correlate your objects to recreate a piece of scenery you love, like the beach, a park, or your kid’s favourite playground.
6. Consider Weight
Just because the stencilled object is pretty doesn’t mean it will hold up outside for a few hours. Choose objects that will stay put for several hours and won’t be blown away by the wind.
7. Pick the Perfect Spot
Choose a spot that will have continuous sunlight for several hours. Since the sun moves throughout the day, it’s important to know where the sunlight hits and make sure the paper will be well lit.
Quick and Easy Easter Cards
Pair a cute bunny image, stamp or sticker with a simple background to create a fast-and-fuzzy Easter greeting.
What You Need
- Bunny stamp or sticker
- Background stamp (we used a gingham stamp)
- Acrylic blocks and/or stamp press
- Lavender ink
- Lavender card stock
- White card stock
- Circle and sentiment dies
- Copic markers (we used E40, R01, V91, 95 and V99)
- Clear rhinestones
- Corner rounder
- Paper trimmer
- Foam tape and squares
1. Form the Background
The lavender card stock to 4¼” x 11″ and fold it to form a 4¼” x 5½” top-folding card.
Trim white card stock so it’s about ¼” or ½” smaller than the folded lavender card. Stamp your background onto the white card stock and round the edges.
Adhere the white card stock to the lavender card base with foam tape. Make sure it’s in the centre of the card and the lavender border is equal on all sides.
2. Make the Focal Points
Two dies circles, one from white card stock and one (slightly larger) from lavender card stock.
Stamp clouds and flowers onto the white circle, then stamp, and color in the bunny with the copic markers.
Die a sentiment strip and stamp lettering onto it.
3. Assemble the Card
Adhere the bunny to your white circle with foam squares. Secure the white circle to the lavender circle, then adhere both to the card. Place your sentiment strip underneath the circle and secure it.
Use a dark purple Copic marker (we used V99) to color clear rhinestones. Adhere them to the center of the flowers.