In my last post, I created window panels for my daughter’s room (just scroll down to view). I wanted her to have a little surprise every time she opened the curtains, and I thought this half sun would be a fun message in the morning. I will follow with a tutorial on how to create ‘Hello Sunshine.’ If you are not up for a craft right now, I will be happy to make you one. The dimensions and a price will be included at the end of my post as well as a list of supplies and steps for creating your own sun.
The half sun is made from a piece of heavy drop cloth I had left over from another project. A piece of canvas will work as long as the fabric is not flimsy. You want it to be stiff enough to support the raffia. A hula hoop from the dollar store was used as a guide to make my half circle.
I created my own font, something whimsical and not too perfect. Keep in mind this is for an eleven-year-old girl. After cutting my letters out and deciding on the spacing I traced them on the half circle using a fabric marker.
I chose an iridescent white for my letters and a bright yellow for the sun. Because this is the first sun I am making, I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. Next time It will be easier to paint the whole thing yellow first then add the letters.
After finishing up the yellow background, I outlined the letters with gold. All the paint is Jacquard Fabric Paint. They are washable and dry cleanable. You can find Jacquard paints at Blick Art Materials or Amazon.
After finishing the paint, I added raffia trim to the bottom of my sun. The trim was measured to the desired length plus an additional inch or so on either side to fold over to the back. I used fabric glue along the edge and helped the raffia stay in place with pins while the glue dried. I keep a set of old pins that I don’t use for sewing set aside for projects like this. If you don’t have a padded table to pin into, you can use clips from the office supply store to keep the trim in place while it is drying.
I left about an inch of trim on either side to fold over to the back, glued it to the back, and held it in place with a clip until it dried. A piece of canvas was used to cover the raffia on the back so it looks finished. This was also glued and kept in place with a clip until it dried.
There are a number of ways to hang your project when it is finished. You could just simply tack it to the wall across the top with some gold thumbtacks. You could even find or paint yellow tacks so they blend in with the sun. Velcro works well if you don’t mind sticking a strip of it to the wall. My sun was going to be hanging above some window trim so I needed it to come out from the wall a half an inch or it wouldn’t hang straight. I cut some more tabs out of my fabric and glued them to the backside of my sun leaving a space in the middle for a rod to slide through. They were spaced out enough so the sun wouldn’t sag anywhere. I then slid a small rod through the tabs. This is just an old window blind adjuster that I had (sometimes it pays to be a packrat!). Two small hooks were screwed into the wall at the appropriate width so the rod lays inside of the hooks. I will go back later and paint the hooks the same color as the walls so they don’t show up.
In the evening before bed, we pull the curtain.
In the morning HELLO SUNSHINE.
Ruler or tape measure
Pins and clips
Paper and pencil to create your font or print from the computer
A small rod
Canvas or stiff light colored fabric
A hula hoop or something to use for a circular guide.
Letters, create your own or find a font online.
Step by step:
- Determine your dimensions. My sun is approximately 28″ wide at the top and 16″ long without the raffia. You could make yours smaller or larger.
- Find a guide to make your half circle. My sun is a little bigger than a half circle.
- Make or print your font for your letters. Cut out and place them on the sun and trace them with a fabric marker. At this point, if you are confident you can choose to paint your semi-circle all yellow right now. After it dries you can draw your letters. I painted my letters first. My font is a bit hard to measure. The upper case S is 7″ high and 4.75″ at it’s widest. The uppercase H is 7.5″ high and 4″ at it’s widest. The lowercase letters are approximately 3.5″ to 4.0″ high and about 2.0″ wide.
- After I painted my letters I filled in the background with bright yellow fabric paint.
- My raffia trim is 12 to 13″ long. I measured the length I needed to go around the bottom of my semi-circle plus I added an inch to each side to wrap around the back. The total length was 50 inches.
- I used a line of fabric glue along the edge of my sun and then added the raffia carefully pinning it along the way, clips from the office supply store also work. If you have a sewing machine you could also sew the raffia onto the sun. The glue will ensure your fabric won’t fray, but if you are concerned you could always run a stitch around it before adding the glue.
- Once your glue dries, remove the pins or clips and flip your fabric over. You should have an inch of raffia left over on either side. Glue the leftover trim to the back and hold it in place with a clip until it dries.
- Cut a small piece of fabric to cover the ends of the raffia. Glue the tabs in place and hold it with a clip. This will ensure your raffia will not unravel and it looks cleaner.
- Once everything dries you are ready to figure out how you want to hang your sun. As I said previously tacks or velcro will work, but mine sun was hanging over some window trim and I needed it to come out from the wall a half an inch.
- Cut tabs from your canvas. Mine are 1.25″. Glue the top and bottom part of the tab leaving a space in the center for a rod to slide through. Pin or clip until they dry.
- Figure out the dimensions for the hooks. My hooks are 28.5″ apart.
- Once your tabs are dry you can slide your rod through the tabs and place it on the hooks.
If you decide you would rather just have one made the cost is $45.00 plus shipping. Just let me know the dimensions you need and how you would like to hang your Hello Sunshine. Hooks and wooden dowel included. Total dimensions of my sun are 28″ wide by 16″ long without the raffia. With the raffia, the total dimensions are 50″ wide and 28″ long. You can contact me at Creativeandthankful@gmail.com.