How to Make a 3D Paper Rainbow Craft

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Learn how to make an easy 3D Paper Rainbow Craft in this post. Kids can create a three dimensional rainbow they can play with using paper!

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3D Paper Rainbow Craft for Kids

Who doesn’t love rainbows?! They’re so great for kids crafts, activities, educational resources and more. I’m all about colorful crafts so this 3D rainbow is right up my alley. It works for kids of varying ages. Preschoolers can use it to practice color recognition and fine motor skills. Older kids will love making a cool craft and can use it to play with their toys!

Materials Needed:

  • Construction paper or card stock
  • School Glue
  • Cotton Balls
  • Packing Tape (optional)

How to Make a 3D Paper Rainbow

Older kids can do this craft independently while younger kids will need more help. Something that helps with little ones is copying what others do. For example, pair an older child with a younger one. This way the younger child can copy the older one as they do the craft together. The same works to let your kids copy you. I like to make my own while my sons make theirs and I walk them through it.

If you’re a teacher, try doing this with your class and breaking them up in small groups to work together. It makes it a fun team activity!

Here’s how to make it:

  • Cut paper into 1″ strips. I chose red, orange, yellow, green, 2 shades of green, 2 shades of blue, purple and pink.
  • Glue strips together to make one large rainbow rectangle.
  • Add generous amounts of glue to edges and fill with cotton balls on both sides front and back.
  • Cut cloud like shapes out of white paper.
  • Add glue and cotton balls to cloud shapes.
  • Carefully glue each opposite edge of the paper rainbow to the cloud shapes.
  • You can stop right here or add a piece of tape to connect the two clouds.
  • Admire your rainbow!
how to make 3D paper rainbow craft

My sons have this craft in their bedroom as decoration! It’s fun to look at and adds a whimsical touch.

3D paper rainbow craft for kids

This is such a fun craft idea kids are sure to love it! If you give it a try, share it on social media and tag me so I can see it. It makes me so happy when families recreate my ideas. Find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Looking for more Rainbow fun for kids? Check out these posts:

Rainbow Name Craft for Kids

Rainbow Circle Watercolor Art

Sponge Painting a Rainbow



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