For a unique take on a classic science teaching tool, this sun paper step stool project is fun for the whole family to join in on! Have the kids help you create the sun paper design, incorporating items from nature found in your yard or neighborhood.
For this project, you will need:
– One unfinished wooden step stool (available at craft supply shops)
– Medium or fine grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in True Blue
– One package light sensitive sun print paper (available at craft supply or teaching tool supply shops)
– Items from nature such as sea shells, leaves, flowers, etc.
– Shallow pan filled with water
– Paper towels
– Sponge brush
– Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
– Rolling pin or popsicle stick
– Spray polyurethane sealant
– Newspaper or a large drop cloth
The first step in this project is to gather the items from nature that you wish to have “imprinted” onto the sun paper. Gather these items and place them on the sun paper outside. (This step should be done in full sunlight.) Do not tape the objects on unless you want the tape to transfer, as well. Leave the items for two minutes to set. Bring the paper and items inside, making sure to not move the items around or expose the covered area to sunlight. Set in a shallow pan filled with water for another two minutes. Remove excess water with paper towels and let the sun paper dry overnight.
Cover your work area with newspaper sheets or a large drop cloth. Carefully sand the unfinished wooden barstool with a couple sheets of medium or fine grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust on the surface of the stool with a tack cloth or other soft cloth. Prime the entire stool using an even coat of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Wait an hour and then paint the wood using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in True Blue. Continue to add coats of blue paint until you reach a desired color richness. Dry overnight.
Use scissors to cut the sun paper to the size of the stool top. Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge or other decoupage medium to the back of the sun paper piece with a sponge brush. Adhere the sun paper immediately to the stool top. Smooth the paper with a rolling pin or popsicle stick to prevent bubbling. Add a bit extra glue to the top of the paper and dry overnight. Coat the entire top of the stool with spray polyurethane sealant and cure completely.