Get Inspired by Sunprints

Sure, sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy but not as happy as "capturing" sunshine in print. If you've never tried this, put it on your summer bucket list.

Sunprints, also known as cyanotypes, are simple to make and require only a few materials: light-sensitive paper, water and...sun. The results are simple, yet dramatic.

1. Baby Clothes Sun Prints, Martha Stewart. I first saw these framed sunprint baby clothes over a decade ago in Martha Stewart magazine and never forgot this lovely presentation and remembrance of a child's infancy.

2. Sunprint Kids' Room Decor, The Light Garden. Verity and her son had great fun experimenting with sun prints and framed a few for his room to commemorate the day.

3. Sunprint Silhouettes, Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Gillian's spin on sunprints was to make silhouette prints of her children. Don't worry, she didn't make them lie in the sun for hours.

4. Sunprint Alphabet by Eowyn. Last year one of our readers, Eowyn, shared her handmade sunprint alphabet print which brought a modern look to a traditional craft.

5. Sunprint-inspired cake, Once Wed. Although this cake isn't made from a real sunprint, it's too beautiful not to share and is certainly inspiring!

If you can't find sunprint paper locally, you can order kits through the Lawrence Hall of Science store. They even make large sizes (24" x 36") for more impact. There is also sunprint fabric which you can purchase here.

Another clever idea is to make sunprints from your existing photographs. Check out the directions on PhotoJojo.

(Image 1: Martha Stewart 2. The Light Garden 3. Dried Figs and Wooden Spools 4. Ohdeedoh Reader Eowyn 5. Once Wed.)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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