How-to Craft a “What Makes a Rainbow?” Inspired Tissue Paper Rainbow

Kids art: Tissue paper rainbow art

Craft Materials

Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:

, , , Glue, Paint Brush

Today’s tissue paper craft was inspired by one of our favorite books, “What Makes a Rainbow?”

My boys love it when I read to them. When I can combine a little learning time with crafting, its a win-win for everyone (especially mommy)!

Getting Started

The Dollar Tree is a great place to stock up on tissue paper, you can get several colors in a pack. It really has become one of my favorite resources for crafting supplies. They have literally have everything there!!

Tissue Paper Rainbow: Getting Started

At the last minute I decided the rainbow needed some clouds, so you may want some white tissue paper. Also, don’t forget the paint brush for applying the glue!

Step 1 – Prepare Your Materials

I ripped and separated all my tissue paper into color piles. I outlined the rainbow with a pencil and had my son trace it with colored markers (I did the first couple of lines myself so he would get the idea of it).

Tissue Paper Rainbow: Prepare Your Materials

Step 2 – Create Your Rainbow

I had him paint glue along each color line so it would be easier for him to place the tissue paper and follow a guideline. I went in between each line and filled in the gaps so we would have a nice full rainbow.

Tissue Paper Rainbow: Create Your Rainbow

Side Note: You like colorful crafts? Oh, then you’ll love this “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book inspired fingerpaint art!

Step 3 – Finishing Touches

I really wanted my rainbow to look like the book and give it that little something extra. So, we decided to add a sun and clouds to the picture.  I just drew an outline of the sun and clouds and repeated the above steps. Then, added my glue and tissue paper. Easy as pie!!

Tissue Paper Rainbow: Finishing Touches

I’m really proud how this craft turned out. It looks amazing and we both had a really good time creating it. He learned about colors, tracing and following directions (which is not easy for a 3 year old). Now it’s time to read the story again!

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