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.
Carefully arrange your sun’s rays all along that top rounded edge, sticking their straight bases down into the glue. I chose to do an alternating colour pattern to give the project a bit of depth and detail.
Glue your googly eyes onto your yellow semi-circle to start making your sun’s face! I stuck mine on in the middle but up high in order to leave room for the rest of its features. Below the eyes, use your black marker to draw a smile and your pink marker to make a little circle like a blushing cheek on each side.
Cut a strip of pink crepe paper from your roll. I made my strips about an inch wide and about five inches long.
Next, cut a strip the same size from each of your other coloured paper rolls. Besides pink, I chose to work with blue, yellow, green, orange, and purple, but you could do whatever colours you like. These are just the ones that looked the closest to the real rainbow spectrum!
Flip your sun over and apply glue all along its straight bottom edge on the back side. Glue your coloured rainbow strips in a line all along the bottom, so their top edge only overlaps withe the yellow semi-circle by a couple centimetres. You want lots of nice, bright coloured paper hanging down below the sun because that’s what makes your rainbow!
Flip the sun back over and voila! You’re all finished. We adore how bright and cheerful this version is, but you could also try it out in pastels and get something equally cute.
Just in case you’d like to try this project out as well, here’s an awesome tutorial video to give you a hand!