Everyone knows that March is the month that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For kids that means leprechaun traps, pots of gold and plenty of rainbows! To celebrate not only that green tinted holiday but also the coming of spring, we are going to make some rainbow raindrops to hang on the wall!
For this project you could easily substitute colored or construction paper for the painted stripes. Another fun substitution would be cotton balls for the white felt on the cloud! So let’s get started…
For this project you will need the following supplies:
- Recycled cardboard gift boxes (cereal boxes work great too)
- paint – purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red
- 3 sheets white felt
Use a ruler to draw a straight line the full length of the cardboard. Draw another line 1/2″ away and repeat for a total of 6 half inch sections. Repeat again using up the cardboard.
NOTE: I used a large clothing gift box left over from Christmas. Cereal boxes work perfectly fine but may not yield as many raindrops.
Paint the first line with purple paint. The next next line should be blue, then next is green. The fourth line is yellow, followed by orange, and finally ending with red.
Cut a raindrop shape out of another piece of cardboard or from paper, making the widest around about 3 inches. This way your raindrops will be wide enough to have all colors of the rainbow.
Trace the raindrop shape onto the rainbow lines. We got 8 but 6 would be plenty.
Cut the raindrops out and set aside.
Use another piece of cardboard to draw and cut out a cloud shape.
Cut different sized circles and ovals from white felt. Use white craft glue to cover the cloud with the felt, overlapping as you go.
Turn the cloud and the raindrops over. Cut 14″ lengths of string for each raindrop. Tape a piece of string to the back of each raindrop. Next tape the strings to the back of the cloud at varying lengths. Trim the excess strings. You can also create a hanger using string and tape on the back of the cloud, or just use a piece of wall putty or tape.
I love this craft! We are rainbow happy at our house, so this would fit right in!
Wow what a cool project! I have a little one who would like to make this, guess we have something to do this weekend :)
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