Looking out of our window this morning we spotted a huge rainbow spreading out across the field it was so strong and beautiful that we decided to have a go at making our own cute paper rainbow! This budget friendly craft is a great way to welcome in spring and is super easy to make too!
Here’s what we used
How to make our paper rainbow craft
Cut out 5-7 strips of paper, they should be roughly equal in width but varying length. We initially cut ours to them same length and then dropped them by one cm each time to give us strips that were 18cm, 17cm,16cm, 15cm, 14cm, 13cm and 12cm.
Fold a small tab (1-2cm) at both ends of each strip. We folded ours around a Popsicle stick to ensure each tab was the same size.
Cut out a piece of paper to make the base, then take the shortest strip and glue it onto the base using the folded tabs as you can see above.
Next take the second shortest strip and glue the tabs over the top of the previous tabs to created the second layer of the rainbow.
repeat this process continuing with the next shortest strip until you finish with the longest.
Finally cut out two small cloud shapes and glue them either side of the rainbow to cover the tabs. Once dry your little one’s paper rainbow craft is finished and ready to display!
How fun are these paper plate rainbow fish? We had so much fun making these to add my kid’s animal wall! Both my children love watching ocean documentaries and learning about the various creatures big and small that live under the sea. Whales are usually the favourite but recently my son’s grandfather was given an old 3D tv and my little guy loves to watch the different coloured fish swimming around in front of him. So inspired by that we decided to create our own Rainbow coloured fish and we just love them!
Here’s what we used
Coloured paint and paintbrush
How to make a paper plate rainbow fish
For each fish you will need one and a half paper plates. Coat these plates in the chosen colour paint and pop aside to dry.
Once dry take your half paper plate and cut in in half to create two triangles. Glue one triangle onto the back of the paper plate to make the tail. Then, take the other triangle and cut it in half downwards from the point to give you two smaller triangles. Glue one of these triangles on an angle at the top of the paper plate and one at the bottom to make the fins.
Cut out several tissue paper circles to make the scales and glue them over the back 2/3rds of the fish’s body
Add a Wiggly eye and a cute heart shaped mouth and once dry the paper plate rainbow fish is finished!
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Easy rainbow window suncatcher craft
How adorable is this easy rainbow window suncatcher craft? Since the lock down began many children have been making and displaying rainbow crafts in their windows to add a little brightness to the days of people walking past. We’ve seen some fab ones on our road and they inspired us to make another for our own window. We knew we wanted to make it using tissue paper as tissue paper looks so lovely in the light and after a bit of playing around we finally figured out the easiest way to make a rainbow shape. My little boy is super proud of his rainbow creation – and i can see why!
Double sided tape (you can use glue, but we’ve previously learned the hard way that tissue paper will bleed and stain surfaces when its gets wet!)
Take your piece of paper and fold it in half. we found it easier to cut if the fold was on the right and the open side was on the left.
Take your scissors and cut your paper into half an arch to make your rainbow shape.
Following the shape of your rainbow cut out several segments to create the gaps that you can fill in with colour.
Open up your rainbow shape and stick your tape in rows around either side of each segment.
Take turns layering your colours in rows across the gaps. You could cut them into squares but my son found the tissue paper too hard to cut so we just ripped it into strips. You may need to use more tape as your go.
Once you have finished layering your colours, your rainbow is complete and ready to hang in the window. Don’t they look gorgeous!