Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Sun Painting Bandana DIY


Sun painting on fabric is a fun and easy way to capture the summer sunshine and the design of just about any type of flat objects or plants onto fabric. For this project, I'm using 100% cotton bandanas I had gotten from Hobby Lobby back at the beginning of the pandemic. They were a whopping 99 cents apiece and I'm putting them to good use for this month's Sustainable Craft Challenge Blog Hop hosted by Julie @ Sum of Their Stories

This challenge is all about sustainable crafting! Each month is themed and all projects must have some sort of a sustainable element to them. This could be an upcycling or recycling element, or something that reduces waste, uses leftovers, etc.  The theme for August is SUNSHINE!  And for this project, you'll need a SUNNY day with plenty of sunshine! LOL!

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First, get a sturdy board for the bandana to lay on. I am using a thick foam board that I had in my stash. Place the board inside a clear plastic trash bag. I don't want the paint to get on the board or anything else, for that matter. Make sure the bandana is clean and free of any stains or residue from chemicals. Iron out all of the wrinkles and lay flat on top of the plastic covered board.

Spray water all over the bandana making sure it's completely wet - but not dripping wet.
Apply paint randomly across the moistened cotton fabric. First one color, violet, and .  .  .

then the other color, claret. Spraying on more water will help lighten the paint - less, will darken it.
Make sure the fabric is completely covered with paint, leaving no white areas showing.
Most sun painting tutorial use leaves, flowers and natural items from the garden to sun paint. But I wanted to use a stencil and other objects from my stash to see how they would work with the sun.

So I'm placing a stencil on top of the wet fabric, pressing it into contact with the paint. Since the stencil only covered the center of the fabric, I'm also folding the fabric edges around the stencil .  .  .

to see what type of design in the fabric would appear from the sun.
Once everything is placed down on the fabric, take the board with the fabric and stencil outside to a sunny location for the sun to work it's magic!
It was a sunny 85 degrees outside the day I did this and it didn't take long - about 30 minutes - for the fabric to dry. Then take everything back inside to .  .  .
lift off the stencil and be amazed at the design created on the fabric from the sun!
Folding the fabric around the stencil also created a lovely, pleated-like boarder, too!
And finally, iron the bandana to heat set the paint and design!
To make a kerchief out of the newly sun painted bandana, take one corner  across to the next corner, creating a triangle. Tie it at the nape of your neck and you're done! Doesn't this look so cool! And the unusual design of the fabric is quite apparent and looks lovely!
For the second bandana, moisten the fabric by spraying on water, as before. This time, make circles all over the fabric using a paint brush dipped in fabric paint.
Use a sponge brush to cover center of circles.
Have fun blotting on the paint!
 Filling in the white portions of the fabric, covering all exposed areas.

Place cutout cardstock designs randomly over fabric, pressing down to make contact with paint. They should easily stick to the fabric.
Then take covered board outside, as before, and let dry in the sun. It was somewhat windy so I placed heavy objects on the sides of the board to keep it  down. Also, some of the edges of the cardstock designs lifted up so I use straight pins to tack them down. You couldn't see the pin holes once dry.
Check ever so often to see if the fabric is dry. After about 30 minutes, the fabric was dry. Here, I'm checking to see how the sun painted designs looked.
This sun painted design turned out very pretty. The paint colors really compliment each other!
To tie this bandana, take one corner across to the next corner, creating a triangle. Fold the two bottom points up about an inch, folding until you have a long narrow strip. To wear around neck or as a headband, place around neck or on head, tying the ends together.
With Sun Painting, your very own, one of a kind item is created! No two are ever alike! There are so many ways to use a sun painted bandana like the two I've shared! As a kerchief adding an interesting flair to an outfit! A neck scarf - tied in the front, or at the side or even tucked in! As a head scarf, tied around a ponytail or as a headband! You can also use it as a belt - threading it through pant loops or you can tie it around your wrist for a bracelet. You can also use it to decorate your handbag as an accessory! And finally, on a hot, sunny day, use it as a bralette, oh my, tied in the front to help keep you quite cool and fashionable, lol!

Be sure to check out all the SUNSHINE Sustainable Crafts projects listed below:

Julie @ Sum of Their Stories   -  Sunburst Greeting Card Idea Made with Old Magazines

Terri @ Our Good Life  – DIY Resin Suncatchers

Gail @Purple Hues and Me  – Sun Painting Bandana DIY

Mel @Decor Craft Design  -  DIY Summer Sunflower Sign  

Stephanie @Crazy Little LoveBirds  -  Creating Faux Stained Glass Using   Plastic Plates

Allyson @Southern Sunflowers  - Sunburst Artwork Using Paper DIY

Christine @Christine’s Crafts  -  Easy Button Flowers for Home Décor

Niki @Life as a Leo Wife  - Box Full of Sunshine Idea with Free Printables  

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  1. These turned out so cool! I brought some special paint once in the sale to do sun printing, it was odd colours though (I guess that's why it was in the sale!) and I don't think I've ever used it. You've inspired me to dig it out and have a go (as soon as the sun returns here, it's been a bit soggy for the last week or so) Now I know I could use regular fabric paint too I could mix the colours maybe to make something I like better. I love the idea of using a pretty stencil like you have here.

  2. I love how these turned out! I have done sun painting before when creating shirts for my girls. I had to practice a few times. The first two shirts didn't turn out as vibrant as I hoped. Your bandana's turned out lovely. I love the color choices as well. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us.

  3. Well, this is fun! I love the colors. I need to see if I can find this here. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Once again, you have created a lovely diy painted bandana. I love how you think Gail.

  5. Both sun paintings look amazing! I've always wondered how this was done. I didn't realize you could just lay a design on top and the sun would help transfer the pattern. Very interesting to learn a new craft today!

  6. What a fun idea! I've never seen sun painting before, and it looks so cool. I never knew the sun would fade the paint so quickly when you put something out to dry. It's great hopping with you! Pinned!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

  7. I'll be featuring your post on tomorrow's Crafty Creators! Hope to see you there!

  8. Thanks for sharing it, Gail! I have to try it someday, it's so awesome and beautiful!

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    The sun painting bandana DIY project has received positive reviews, with many describing it as a fun and easy project for kids to create. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, and the materials were easy to find. The bandanas turned out great, with bright and vibrant colors and cute suns. The project is recommended for those looking to make a unique and personal gift, as well as for those looking to get creative and spend time with family and friends. Some specific comments include the ease of the project, the beauty of the finished product, the fun and creative experience, the personal touch the bandana can give as a gift, and the overall value of the project as a way to spend time with family and friends.

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  12. This DIY sun painting bandana project involves using 22x22 inches white bandanas, iron, 1" thick foam board, plastic trash bag, spray bottle with water, fabric paints (transparent fluid acrylic in violet and claret), brushes/sponge brush, large stencils, floral cardstock images, and a sturdy board. The bandana is moistened with water, then a stencil is placed on the wet fabric, folded around the stencil. The board is taken outside to dry in the sun, and the sun-painted design is revealed. The finished bandanas can be used in various ways, such as kerchiefs, neck scarves, head scarves, belts, bracelets, or as a bralette. The design can be enhanced by folding the fabric around the stencil. The sun-painted bandanas can be worn as kerchiefs, neck scarves, head scarves, belts, bracelets, or as accessories to decorate handbags. abogado inmobiliario


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