Golden Sunburst


Make a decorative replica that’s beautiful enough to display in the Palace of Versailles, where the Sun King lived and reigned.


1. The King of France, Louis XIV, who enlarged the Chateau (Palace) of Versailles was known as the Sun King. He became king when he was only 5 years old! Find out why he was called the Sun King, where Versailles is located, and other information about this famous king.

2. Create the sun’s face. With the palms of your hands, roll Crayola® Air-Dry Clay into a Ping-Pong ball size. Flatten it on a clean, washable surface to form the sun’s face.

3. Using your fingers and small bits of clay, add the eyes, nose, and mouth. You can use a toothpick to help shape the features. To attach the pieces, make small X’s (cross-hatches) on the face where you want to place the pieces and also on the piece itself. Wet with a damp finger and attach.

4. Make the rays. Roll out a baseball-size amount of clay with a rolling pin. With a craft stick, cut out leaf-shaped rays. With a toothpick, draw lines on each leaf to form ribs and veins. Attach rays to the sun. Add more decorations if you like. Air-dry the clay at least 3 days.

5. Cover your art surface with newspaper. Decorate the sunburst with gold Crayola Premier Tempera and Paint Brushes. Air-dry the paint overnight.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Modeling Tools—Use the least dangerous point or edge sufficient to do the job. For example, craft sticks, plastic knives and forks, and cookie cutters can cut or carve modeling materials.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Use recycled boxes and other items to make a replica of the Palace of Versailles. Include the gardens as well.
  • Create a map identifying the locations of this and other French castles.
  • Assessment: Students write highlights of Louis XIV’s life to display along with their Golden Sunburst.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint
  • Air-Dry Clay
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • toothpicks - wooden
  • rolling pin
  • craft sticks
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research information about the French King, Louis XIV, including the dates of his reign, the origins of his name the Sun King, and details about the Chateau of Versailles.

  • Students create a clay replica of a sunburst, including details on the face and rays.


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