How to Make Sun Prints With Construction Paper

When it comes to arts and crafts, children like to make a mess. Between modeling clay, glue, glitter, markers and paint, there are plenty of arts and crafts projects that allow children to get messy. But not all adults like to clean up the mess that arts and crafts project leave behind. If you are looking for a no-mess, hassle-free project that is easy for children to do, consider making a sun print. Sun prints can be created anytime there is sun, with just a little bit of construction paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Blue, Black Or Dark Purple Construction Paper
  • Flat, Solid Items With Interesting Shapes, Such As Leaves, Twigs, Rocks, Shells, Craft Sticks, Coins Or Plastic Lids

Place construction paper outdoors on a flat surface in full sunlight.

Arrange your collected items on top of the paper so that they create an interesting-looking silhouette.

Allow the sunlight to fade the construction paper for at least an hour.

Remove your collected items from the paper to reveal your sun print.


  • Wait for a sunny day in which there is no wind to make your sun print. Lightweight objects such as leaves will blow away on windy days.

    For a more dramatic contrast on your construction paper, allow the paper to sit in the sun for a longer period of time. The longer that you allow your paper to sit in the sunlight, the more faded it will become.