Rainbow Crafts for Kids

by Karen & Grace Morris

Rainbow crafts make great spring projects. After it rains and the sun comes out. The sun shines through the raindrops, making pretty colors.  Let’s make one to decorate your wall this season.

rainbow craft for kids

Whenever I see a rainbow, I am reminded that God keeps His promises because of Genesis 9:12-17. Now you won’t have to wait for it to rain, for this great, beautiful reminder.

You are going to need to plan this in advance. A good idea is to have a root beer float party with vanilla ice cream and root beer in cans, so that you can make this craft.

You will need;

  • Lid off an ice cream bucket, preferably white (the 1 gallon size)
  • Permanent markers: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, and violet
  • Pull tabs from 28 soda cans (the piece of metal that you pull before you drink your pop. You will need to bend back and forth so that it comes off the can.)
  • Clear nail polish
  • Tacky glue
  • Thin wire that you can bend
  •  Needle (uses a metal one that is for cross stitch or yarn crafts)
  • Fishing line

Directions for Rainbow Crafts

cut off the rim

Cut the rim off of the ice cream bucket. Cut the circle in half (you are going to need both halves). You will want each of your rainbow colors about the same width. I measured each about 1/4 inches wide. I took a pencil and made light marks on the plastic.

color lid

Color each line with a permanent marker. Red is the outside color. Then orange, yellow, green, light blue, indigo or dark blue, and last purple.

Cut out the white space below the purple.

Now do the same with the other half.

color tabs

Color four pull tabs in of each of the rainbow colors. I used a pencil to keep the tabs from moving when I was coloring. Color both sides.

add nail polish

The color tends to smear so, lightly dab a little nail polish on. Don’t brush, or you will get the color from the permanent marker on the brush.  When the polish dries, the colors won’t smear anymore.

After the polish is dry, attach the tabs together with fine wire. You will have a string of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark blue, and purple.

Sir Isaac Newton was the one to divide the visible spectrum into seven colors.

attach srrings to rainbow

With fishing line, attach the seven colored string to the center of the rainbow.

In the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, there is a song Over the Rainbow. It is in one of the first scenes in the movie.

At the top, make a hanger with fishing line so that you can hang your rainbow craft. Hang it near a white wall, the colors will show up better here than a window.

Because rainbows are a reflection from raindrops, people can’t touch them. If you want to hold one in your hand, make rainbow crafts today.

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