These paper strip rainbows are SO FUN and they’re really simple to make! If you have a pack of construction paper, a pair of scissors and a stapler, then you’re ready to go! You can make this cute little rainbow craft in less than 10 minutes.
A couple years ago I was at Costco, and they had those giant mega packs of construction paper on a super discount sale. So I picked up 3 GIANT packs of construction paper. You know, because I have 3 kids, right?
Well, we’ve been slowly making our way through one package over the past few years (we still have at least half left… lol). And the other two packages are still basically untouched. So I think it’s a pretty good time to start trying some construction paper crafts here on One Little Project!?
I’m a pretty big fan of brightly coloured crafts… bonus points if there’s rainbow colours! I was inspired by the super cute tutorial over at Let’s Try This at Home.
These paper rainbows are such a fun way to celebrate spring time. Or any time really. Rainbows are pretty awesome no matter what time of year it is!?
Check out our video on How to Make Paper Strip Rainbows:
Here’s a few more craft ideas you can make using construction paper:
How to Make Paper Strip Rainbows
Here’s a list of what you’ll need. The affiliate links below will take you to products on Amazon that are similar to the supplies we used to make this craft:
All you need is one sheet of construction paper from all the colours of the rainbow. The shape of these rainbows looks the nicest when you use 6 different colours.
Construction paper is generally 12 inches by 9 inches (or at least ours is).
Cut a 1 inch strip from the shorter end of the construction paper. The strip should be 1 inch by 9 inches.
If you’re planning to make a lot of these paper rainbows, a paper cutter really helps make the cutting go faster.
To make one rainbow, you need 1 inch strips of each colour of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
Then you need to trim each colour so it is about 1 inch shorter than the colour before it. This is what we did:
Red: 9 inches (full length)
Orange: 8 inches
Yellow: 7 inches
Green: 6 inches
Blue: 5 inches
Purple: 4 inches
Place the strips of paper in the order of the rainbow, one on top of the other. Make sure you line up all of the ends on one side, just like in the photo below.
Then staple through all 6 strips, about a 1/4 inch from the end.
Next you’ll have to line up the ends of the other end of each strip of paper.
Start by matching up the ends of the two shortest strips (in our case purple and blue). Then one by one, line up the end of the next colour until all of the ends are together.
Again, staple together the strips of paper, about a 1/4 inch from the end.
Your strips of paper should look like a rainbow now. Just like in the photo below.
All we’re missing are the clouds.
To make the clouds, you’ll need to fluff up a cotton ball. If you can easily pull apart the cotton ball into the shape of a cloud, great!
Ours didn’t pull apart easily, so I used scissors to make a small cut on one side of the cotton ball.
Then I was able to pull it apart into a cloud shape.
Place one end of the rainbow in the middle of the cotton ball.
Then fold the cotton ball up on each side and staple it to the rainbow to hold it in place.
Repeat for the cotton ball on the other side of the rainbow, and you’re done!
These paper strip rainbows are a great way to use up your construction paper. They are SO PRETTY!
Tie a string around the red strip of paper and you can hang them from the ceiling, wall, or in the window.
They also stand upright on their own, which I love! So you can use them as cute little decorations on the kids night tables or dressers.
Paper Strip Rainbows
- Construction Paper (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
- 2 Cotton Balls
- Cut a 1 inch by 9 inch strip from each colour of construction paper - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. You should have 6 different colour strips.
- Trim each strip so it is about 1 inch shorter than the colour before it. Red: 9 inches (full length), Orange: 8 inches, Yellow: 7 inches, Green: 6 inches, Blue: 5 inches, Purple: 4 inches.
- Place the strips of paper in the order of the rainbow, one on top of the other, lining them up on one end. Staple through all 6 strips, about a 1/4 inch from the end.
- Next, line up the other ends of the two shortest strips (purple and blue). Then one by one, line up the loose ends of all the strips so all the ends are lined up and it curves in a rainbow shape. Staple the strips of paper, about a 1/4 inch from the end.
- For the clouds, pull apart a cotton ball to fluff it up into a cloud shape. If the cotton ball doesn't come apart easily, cut a small slit on one side of it before pulling it apart.
- Place one end of the rainbow in the middle of the cotton ball, then pull the cotton ball back on each side and staple through the cotton ball and the strips of paper. Repeat for the other side of the rainbow so you have a cotton ball cloud on each side.
These paper strip rainbows are SO CUTE and they’re really easy to make! This is such a great construction paper craft and a super fun craft for kids in springtime (or any time!). These little rainbows make cute little decorations that stand upright. Or you can hang them from the window or ceiling. Such a great kids activity for a rainy days!
Here’s even more fun construction paper crafts:
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