Grown-Up Science Project: 3 Gorgeous Ways to Craft With Sun Prints

Visually stunning and easy to make, DIY sun prints are a must-try craft this summer. Who knew science could be so much fun?

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Did you know that sun printing (also known as blueprinting) dates back to the 1800s and was one of the earliest forms of photography? Pretty cool, huh? If you made one of these science crafts as a kid, you likely remember how fun it was to place an object on the sun-sensitive paper and watch it print right in front of your eyes. But now that you're all grown up, you can appreciate the deep Prussian blue prints not only for how easy they are to make, but for how insanely pretty they would look hanging on your wall. After all, blue is this summer's hottest color.

HGTV Summer Camp: Sunprints

HGTV Summer Camp: Sunprints

Arrange flowers on sun print paper Lay a piece of acrylic over the flowers and paper to sharpen edges and ensure no sun sneaks beneath leaves of flowers Place print in direct sunlight for 2-5 minutes or until the paper turns white. Rinse paper in water Hang to dry (on clothesline)

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

What's great about this project is that you only need a few inexpensive materials and around 30 minutes to achieve a stunning finished product. And the prints are so versatile that the crafting possibilites are seemingly endless. I used mine to make garden-themed place cards, framed art and one-of-a-kind stationery, but they would also look great as pennant banners, DIY envelopes or any other paper-based craft. Plus, they're kid-friendly and virtually mess-free!

HGTV Summer Camp: Sunprints

HGTV Summer Camp: Sunprints

Arrange flowers on sun print paper Lay a piece of acrylic over the flowers and paper to sharpen edges and ensure no sun sneaks beneath leaves of flowers Place print in direct sunlight for 2-5 minutes or until the paper turns white. Rinse paper in water Hang to dry (on clothesline)

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Itching to try your hand at sun printing? All you need is some sun-sensitive paper, a variety of flat objects to print, a tub of water and your imagination!

Blue is the Hottest Color of the Season

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Delicate Accents

Entertain in style with these tabletop molded ceramics in chambray, white and delft blue. Talk about being the center of attention; these beauties add a casual elegance any space.

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Metallic Trim

Freshen up your summer style with marbleized vases in metallic gold accents, creating a fashionable pattern play of design at Aerin Boutique in Southampton, N.Y.

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Sitting Pretty

Sit pretty — both indoors and out — with this turquoise wicker and fabric stool that combines the right amount of texture, style and color. Plus, these compact stools are easy to store, and they mix well with just about any color or decor style.

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Pattern Play

For more indoor/outdoor living this summer, combine printed stripes, embroideries and simple prints grounded in navy and accented in sage and chambray.

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Boho Inspo

Bohemian style is trending both in fashion and home. This fabric blends a super-chic style with summer's hottest hue — blue! This embroidered fabric from Calypso St. Barth features a 3-D texture on pinstripes with navy and chambray tones and global motifs.

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Tabletop Trio

Pottery Barn sets the stage by mixing melamine, metal, fabric and wicker, showing us that these materials add variety when setting a summertime table.

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Multipurpose Style

This raffia woven stool from Rumrunner Home can double as a summer side table, too. Raffia mixes easily in many interiors both inside and out, adding texture, style and subtle coastal flair.

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Summer Switch-Out

Summer bedding in block-printed blues and greens add a causal elegance to your bedroom when paired with crisp, white linens for coastal style. Design by Roberta Roller Rabbit

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Soft Hues

Hand-blown glass vessels in soft blue tones are the perfect update to your summer style, especially when paired with a rustic surface. This vignette shows that contrasting surfaces can be a clever way to add dimension to your space.

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Cozy Comfort

This structured yet cozy chair features geometric-inspired fabric that mixes nicely with various tones of blue.

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