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DIY: Photosynthesized Botanical Calendar

Have a nature-loving pal who still needs a gift this season? Then try making her a cool botanical calendar. It's also an easy project that you can share with precocious youngsters, so everyone can get in on the fun!

What You'll Need

  • Sunprint kit
  • Foraged garden leaves, stalks, flowers, etc.
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • White, ultrafine paint pen
  • 2009 calendar for reference

To find out how to make it,


Here's how, from The San Francisco Chronicle:

  • Gather items to use as images; finely textured plants and leaves work best.
  • Lay item on Sunprint sheet, leaving enough room to write in days of the month
  • Follow instructions on Sunprint kit: Place briefly in direct sunlight. Expose until paper turns almost white.
  • Rinse in baking sheet filled with water for about a minute.
  • Lay flat to dry. Once sheets are dry, press under books to flatten. (Note: It's faster and easier to make several at once, but begin with one sheet to make sure you are comfortable with the process.)
  • Using a pencil and a light touch, write the months, days and dates on each sheet. Work freehand or use a ruler to mark straight lines. Trace with a paint pen and, when dry, lightly erase your pencil marks.
  • If desired, punch holes in the top of each page and bind with ribbon to hang.


Join The Conversation
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
I haven't made sunprints since I was a kid! These are so cute!
vunder vunder 8 years
that's adorable. I love it.
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