Did you know you can make your own sun printed fabric and you don’t even need any special materials? I have seen the special sun printing paper you can buy at the craft store, but I had no idea there was a way to do sun prints without all the costly components. I discovered this over at Bloom, Bake & Create, where Lyndah shared the easy process for making these very cool sun prints. This is a great activity for kids or adults alike, so what are you gonna do today? Sun printing! [how to make sun printed fabric]

The basics of sun printing are this: you wet down fabric, paint the fabric with acrylic paint, and put down leaves (or any other fun shapes) on top of the fabric. Then you put it out in the sun until it dries. Why it works: the leaves mask out the sun’s heat, which sets the paint. For more detailed instructions about sun printing, please see Lyndah’s site (link at the end of the first paragraph), or check out this PDF: Sun Printing Workshop.

If you buy dollar store flour sack towels, the fabric is an easy and convenient size to work with.

Project Estimate:

  • Flour sack towel, $1
  • Acrylic paints, on hand
  • Spray bottle, on hand
  • Leaves, metal washers, paper cut-outs, other flat shapes, on hand

Total: $1