Brighten a Rainy Day with an Indoor Rainbow

Stuck inside on a rainy day? Break through the gloom by creating cheerful rainbow crafts that will brighten everyone’s day. With these three easy and entertaining crafts, you will find something for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Rainbow Mobile

Hang rainbows from your ceiling or doorway with this bright and easy creation.

What you will need:

  • Paper plates
  • Streamers, tissue paper cut into strips, or thick ribbon in four rainbow colors
  • Paint to match the streamer colors
  • Scissors and glue

Cut a paper plate in half, and paint four strips of different colors following the curve of the plate to create your rainbow. Next, glue a strip of the streamer, tissue paper or ribbon to the edge of the plate, matching it to the color of the paint. Blue should hang from the blue paint, red from the line of red paint, and so on, to create the impression that the rainbow continues off the edge of the plate. Finally, punch a small hole in the top of the plate and string a piece of ribbon through it. Tie off the ends, and hang wherever you like!

Make your mobile even better by repeating the process to create two mobiles. Before attaching the streamers, cut carefully up the center of one of the plate halves, not quite to the top, and slide it down over the other plate. This will work best if you cut off any raised edge from the plate. Finish with your streamers for a three-dimensional mobile.

Fruity Cereal Rainbow

This quick craft is entertaining fun and a tasty snack all in one!

What you will need:

  • Colored fruit-flavored cereal such as Fruit Loops or Fruity Cheerios
  • Paper plate
  • Glue and scissors

As in the first craft, start by cutting your paper plate in half. Separate the cereal into piles of each available color. Then glue the cereal in rows following the curve of the plate, creating rows of different colors. When your rainbow is complete, sit back and admire it while you snack on the leftover cereal!

Rainbow with a Pot of Gold

You can all find the hidden treasure at the end of the rainbow with this craft!

What you will need:

  • A large piece of cardboard (from a box)
  • A large empty coffee tin
  • Paints
  • Construction paper, green and yellow
  • Chocolate coins
  • Glue and scissors

Start by painting your empty coffee tin black, and set it aside to dry. Measure the diameter of the opening of the coffee tin. Use this measurement to cut an arch out of the cardboard that is just a little narrower than the tin’s diameter. Paint four strips of rainbow colors along the arch on both sides. It might take more than one coat on both the tin and the cardboard to get good coverage.

Cut out green shamrocks and yellow circles from the construction paper, and glue them onto the dry coffee tin. When everything is dry, stand up your cardboard rainbow so that one end is inside the tin. Finally, fill your pot with chocolate coins to make it a true Pot of Gold!

Nothing brightens up a cloudy, rainy day like a rainbow. These easy crafts will help make your day a little more colorful and pass away those hours stuck inside until the sun comes out again!

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