This week we are dreaming of sunshine and creating it with this fun recycled collage sun craft. Made using lots of recycled resources as well a natural resources found outdoors this is a great low-cost activity that kids of all ages will enjoy. Whether doing this craft as a part of a study on the sun or just for fun this recycled collage sun craft is a great way to keep kids busy while working on their creativity and fine motor skills.
Did you know that the sun is 109 times wider than the Earth and 330,000 times as massive? The Sun’s surface area is 11,990 times that of earth. Now that is pretty big! Space Facts is a great website if you would like to discover more fun sun facts.
Recycled Collage Sun Craft
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Recycled crafts are a great way to extend the use of items that would normally be destined for the trash or recycling. They are also super low-cost thanks to that! We don’t believe that you need to spend lots of money to provide fun learning and crafting opportunities for children. If you don’t have any of the items that we used then have a look around your home for an alternative. Often our best craft projects end out totally different from what we first imagined.
You Will Need
- One side of a cardboard box. You could also use thick cardstock for the base of this activity.
- Blue paint. We used watercolor paint.
- PVA/ Craft glue or any other clear drying glue.
- Either our printable below or something round to draw the center of the sun and a ruler to draw the sunshine rays.
- Lots of different yellow items for the college. We used flowers, yellow leaves, yellow paper cut from magazines, scraps of yellow paper that we had leftover from other crafts, tissue paper that was saved from a wrapped up gift, felt offcuts, corrugated yellow cardboard, mini yellow pom poms, and some leftover yellow sticky foam.
PDF Collage Sun Printable
Scale this printable to the size that you are wanting to make your sun and print (this can be done under your print settings). Cut around the circle and sunshine rays that you want to use and carefully trace around them onto your cardboard box or piece of cardstock.
Let’s Get Creating
Start by cutting your cardboard box sheet to size. Too large and it could get overwhelming but too small it could be too fiddly for little fingers. We cut our cardboard box sheet to about the width of an A4 piece of paper but made it a square shape.
Now get out the paint and paint one side of the cardboard box base that you have just cut to size. Mixing a little bit of white with the blue gives a lovely sky look and is much more fun that painting with just blue paint. Set aside to dry.
While the sky is drying go on a scavenger hunt to find as many yellow items that could be used in the collage. Look outside for any yellow flowers or leaves. Have a look through old magazines and cut out all of the different shades of yellow. We love working with felt so had some yellow felt offcuts that we used to add texture and dimension. Look through your craft box for anything yellow that could be added. We found mini yellow pom-poms, corrugated cardboard, tissue paper, and sticky foam. Other things that you could use include yellow yarn, feathers, ribbon, or little craft sticks. We were surprised at just how many different yellow items we found. If you are short on yellow items you could paint a piece of paper yellow and cut up that.
Once your sky base is dry (hopefully once you have hunted for your yellow items) draw on the sun. To do this you can either use our free printable by following the instructions above or you can draw this on using a round item (a plate or math compass) and a ruler.
Time To Collage
Get all of your yellow collage items and cut items into a smaller size suitable for collaging. Have a think about what may go where. It can be easiest to stick the flat items like paper on first and add any items like flowers or pom-poms on last.
Apply a thick layer of glue to a section of your sun. I like to work in sections when collaging as then I can take my time and not worry about the glue drying. Place the desired collage items on top of the wet glue. Once the section has been finished repeat until the sun has been totally collaged.
Helpful tip: tissue paper is fantastic for filling in any little gaps!
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Thank you for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed making your recycled collage sun!