10 Solar-Powered Crafts

Solar-Powered Crafts

Summer is a great time to marshal the power of the sun to your will. Check out the list below, and find all of the great solar-powered crafts and projects that you can do on the next sunny day!

Summer is a great time to marshal the power of the sun to your will. Check out all the great solar-powered crafts that you can do on the next sunny day!

10 Solar-Powered Crafts

1. chemical-free sun printed fabricIf you want to try sun printing without using the special cyanotype chemicals, try this easy technique that requires only cotton fabric and watered-down acrylic paint.

2. dehydratorThis takes some woodworking skills to accomplish, but if you want to have authentic homemade sun-dried tomatoes… well, you have to have a way to dry them!

3. Mason jar solar lanternI wouldn’t buy new solar light stakes for this project, but I bet that you can Freecycle some.

4. mosaic sundialNot only will your sundial be beautiful, but if you find your latitude, you can also make it accurate.

5. raisinsYou know that you want to try making your own raisins. Here’s how you do it!

6. recycled crayonsHave you ever had a crayon melt in the car on a hot day? This is the same concept, but on purpose!

vintage handkerchief for dyeing7. restore vintage fabricsDo you have any vintage fabrics that are yellowed or stained? You might think that you’re stuck having them professionally restored, or even just living with the look, but it’s shocking what simple, gentle sun bleaching can do.

8. solar hot dog ovenWant a roasted hot dog but it’s too hot to start up the campfire? Keep this solar hot dog oven, made from recycled materials, handy!

9. sun-melted crayon artMake an abstract piece of art for your walls, or recreate the look of a crayon-melted canvas.

Solar-Powered Crafts10. sun prints on paperThis is a great way to make art prints for display, or greeting cards, or, heck–if you’ve got kids, just let them play around with it!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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