Real life might not always be all sunshine and rainbows, but that doesn’t mean the crafting you do on a rainy afternoon can’t be! My favourite way to brighten my kids’ day is to help them make something bright and cheerful whenever the weather or something else has got them feeling glum. We had a particularly dark and stormy week where we live recently and I concocted the idea of making a super bright rainbow sun to counteract the darkness and wind. It was a huge hit and now the pieces we made are brightening up the fridge in the kitchen!
Just in case you love the idea of making a simple happy rainbow sun from paper just as much as we did, if not more, here are the steps I followed to make it happen. There’s also a video tutorial at the end of this post, just to make things really clear!
For this project, you’ll need:
- Yellow and orange paper
- Crepe paper (any colour you like)
- Glue stick
- Black and pink markers
- Googly eyes
Gather your materials! Take your brightest yellow sheet of paper and, along its longest edge, draw a semi-circle, using the edge as your flat bottom and using your pencil to draw a slow arch about four inches long. This will be the body of your sun.
On your lighter yellow and orange sheets of paper, draw the shape of a triangle along the bottom, using that edge as your straight line again. These will be your sun’s rays. I chose to make six rays in each colour. You can either hand draw six separate triangles in each colour like I did or draw one, cut it out, and trace it like a template for the rest of them to make sure they’re all exactly the same shape and size. Do whatever sounds easier to you! Either way, cut out all of your rays.
Apply glue all the way around the outer arching edge of your sun, on the front side that is facing you. You do not need to apply glue along the straight bottom edge right now.