Clary Pfeiffer recently sent over this gorgeous tutorial around sunprints. Remember the sunprint inspired cake Joy Thigpen designed a couple years back on Once Wed? Clary used sunprint paper to create the most delightful place cards. The full tutorial with instructions is below. Thanks, Clary!



Sun print paper
acrylic sheet
a tub full of water
object to print

1. Arrange transparency with names and queen anne’s lace, or object you want to print, out of the reach of sun on the sun paper.

2. Place the acrylic sheet over the object to help sharpen the edges between the blue and white of the final print.

3. Take the sun print out side and lay in direct sunlight for 2-5 minutes until the paper turns light blue.

4. Rinse the sun print in water and watch the white turn into Prussian blue.

5. Hang or lay the sup print to dry.

6. Cut and fold sun prints for display.

DIY kits – Sunprints

Photography and Styling: Clary Pfeiffer | Assistant Stylist: Sarah Carpenter | Flowers: Catherine Thoele

To see the lovely styled shoot inspired by this DIY, check out the post on Grey Likes Weddings!


Comments (20)

Clary | Reply

You are most welcome Emily. The tutorial looks fantastic, I love seeing all the pretty blues of the sun prints!!

Nikkol | Peter Loves Jane | Reply

Love this! I do sun prints with my kids all the time, and adore the idea of using the process in escort cards! Well done!

Kim | Reply

So pretty. This doesn’t really explain how they got the names on the paper. :(

Clary | Reply

Hi Kim! It’s simply on transfer paper. You can use any texted/font or write directly on the transfer paper. Place the transfer on top of the sun print paper along with any other object (flowers, lace, botanicals, etc.) you would like. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions!

Laura Diamond Bridal Gallery | Reply

So pretty! What a great idea for the DIY bride!

Achim Drescher | Reply

What a great idea. Love the concept.

Connexion World Travel | Reply

Love the colors, they make you feel happy.

Patent agent | Reply

What a nice touch for the whole ceremony!

Kelly | Reply

I’d love to know who did the script on these. It’s beautiful!

Clary | Reply

Hi Kelly! A good friend of mine did the script. He does small jobs every now and then so if you are interested I can send him your way. You can email me at clary@claryphoto.com.

Selina | Reply

Such a beautiful idea! And so simple!

Betty | Reply

Hi! I love these. Can I ask how you did the sunprint on a table runner? Is it one large sunprint sheet?

Clary | Reply

Hi Betty! The sunprint table runner is done the same way. It’s material that is light sensitive and garland was laid on top, then placed in the sun for 15 minutes. Below is link to get the material by the yard.


Ruth | Reply

I seriously LOVE this. No plans on getting married so I need to find another excuse to use this DIY!

Ginna | Reply

Thanks for sharing such great and beautiful diy idea. I would love to try it someday!

Perth Limo | Reply

Very impressive! Will definitely try.


Bipasha | Reply

pretty as a dream!

Giovanna | Reply

So pretty! Love this. Me and my kids make some. I will bookmark right now. Thanks for sharing with us!

Owen | Reply

All the photos are so so lovely

Harris | Reply

So pretty. I do sun prints with my friends all the time, and adore the idea of using the process in escort cards! Good Job!