Blue Wedding Ideas Using Sunprints

More than just “something blue”…
These blue wedding ideas are “solar-powered!”

Ever since I was a kid, I loved using those little square sunprint kits.  It was like magic watching leaves and random objects being printed onto the paper by the sun.  Today, you’re not limited to that little square of paper or even to the trademark blue color, although it is a spectacular hue of blue.  A product called Inkodye now lets you create the same beautiful sunprints on fabric, wood and other surfaces in red, orange and blue (but you can mix them to create other colors, too).

I was first inspired to do this post on sunprint wedding ideas by a wedding cake I stumbled upon.  It’s not a true sunprint since that would be inedible, but the frosting on the cake was applied to mimic the look of a sunprint.  I thought this was a beautiful and creative wedding cake idea, so I set off to find more sunprint wedding ideas.  I found everything from save the date cards to bridesmaids dresses!  There are tons of do-it-yourself wedding ideas here (click on the links for project directions), so take a look and get inspired!

Save the date cards.

Sunprint idea for a wedding guest book.

Pretty blue wedding place cards with leaves.

An idea for wedding party favors – sunprint calendars!

The bottles on the right would make great sunprint vases for centerpieces.  If you just want something that compliments the look of sunprints, you could make the lanterns shown on the left.

Dye fabric to make your own pillows, chair seat covers, place mats or clutch purse.

Even dye your own fabric to make dresses for your bridesmaids!  Or, if that’s too much, just dye a handkerchief for them to carry or tie to their bouquets.

A quick note on the history of sun printing: It is the oldest non-silver photographic printing process.  Sunprints are also known as cyanotypes, meaning blue prints.  Obviously, this is due to the rich blue color that results.  Materials are treated with a solution of potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate then exposed to a UV light source such as the sun.

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