Paper Plate Rainbow

Create a colourful rainbow to hang up by a window in the home or classroom

Paper Plate Rainbow

Skill Level


Time to Make

45 minutes

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Cut a white paper plate in half.
  2. Starting from the outside edge along the paper plate dimples, colour a strip of red using a red broad tip marker pen roughly 1cm wide going all the way around the edge of the paper plate.
  3. Next to the red colour in a yellow strip along the inside of the red strip going all the way around the paper plate, again roughly 1cm wide.
  4. Repeat Step 3 next for each of the following colours: pink, green, orange, purple and blue.
  5. Once you have finished colouring the blue strip, cut away the remaining white space left on the paper plate. You should now be left with a cut out coloured in rainbow shape.
  6. Next, cut 2 rectangles strips roughly 1cm (W) X 20cm (H) from a sheet of red cellophane.
  7. Cut the same size rectangle strips from a sheet of yellow, pink, green, purple and blue cellophane.
  8. To make the orange cellophane strip, cut a strip of pink cellophane and a strip of yellow cellophane and stick them on top of each other using a glue stick. Leave to dry. Repeat this step so that you have 2 orange strips of cellophane.
  9. Glue each coloured strip of cellophane to the bottom of the rainbow by matching the same colours of the rainbow and sticking down the top of cellophane strips with a glue stick. Leave to dry.
  10. Place glue along the bottom of the rainbow on top of the cellophane strips. Stick a row of white large and medium sized pom poms along the bottom ends of the rainbow to make the clouds.
  11. Hole punch one hole at the top of the rainbow. Cut a piece of elastic roughly 15cm long and thread it through the hole. Loop the piece of elastic and tie securely with a double knot.
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Top Tip

Instead of coloured cellophane strips, you can use coloured tissue or crepe paper.

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