Spring is almost here, and to celebrate, I thought I'd whip up a little Girard-esque sun using one of our old standbys: Mod Podge. Here's what you'll need to make one too.
- an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of medium weight orange card stock
- a scrap of black medium weight card stock, if desired
- a black Sharpie
- a scissors
- a standard-sized paper hole punch, if desired
- Mod Podge Matte-Mat
- water-based poly urethane
- a paint brush or two (I used one small stiff one for the Podge and one larger softer one for the poly)
- a 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" x 1/2" square piece of pine, or whatever you have on hand
- this PDF, found at my Scribd account
First, print the PDF onto the orange card stock.
Cut out the individual elements of the shape. Start with the points. It goes faster if you cut all of one side of the points first and then do the other side. The small bits aren't as tricky to cut out as you might imagine.
The eyes, however, ARE tricky, so I employed my paper punch and punched two of them out of my black paper to make life easier.
Use your black Sharpie to color in the eyebrows.
Now that the hard part is over, we can have some fun with our sun.
Shall we make him surprised?
Happy? Yes, happy it is.
Coat your wood square with a generous layer of Mod Podge and apply the paper bits into an appropriate configuration. Of course, you'll want to flip your pieces over from the original print out so the lines don't show.
After the Podge is dry, follow up with a second coat.
When that's dry, apply one or two coats of polyurethane over the entire piece, including the edges of the board.
And that's it...our Girard-esque sun is done!