Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rainbow Craft Day

I got the idea for this St. Patrick's Day themed craft (rainbows...) from this craft we did at the library:

"Stained glass" mittens. =)
My sister (the children's librarian for the Wichita Public library) let us know about a fun winter craft day at the library & this is one of the things they did. So cute!

Since St. Patrick's day is getting closer, (and there are only so many things you can do with a shamrock) and I am wanting Spring to get here faster, I thought that a cute spin on this craft would be to make a stained glass rainbow!

I went to the store and got big construction paper, contact paper, and tissue paper in all the colors of the rainbow.....except orange. (and we used pink for red) There was no orange tissue paper. Not even a space for it. But, I found orange napkins and got those instead! =)

I cut out the outline of a rainbow for all three kids.
Then I cut out squares of tissue paper.
I made my sisters help me lay the contact paper out and then lay the outlines on the contact paper, sticky side up.
Then the kids went to work making their rainbows.
It was a little bit hard for Lily at first. She just wanted to stick all of the colors all over the place instead of making arches of colors to form a rainbow.

Once she got the hang of it though, she did a good job.
So did both of the boys!
I wish I had found red paper though.
Camden did NOT want to use pink. ;-)
That is a girl color!
His rainbow turned out super cute anyway. =)

Here is Lily's rainbow when she was done:

Technically you are supposed to have another rainbow outline to put on top so it looks the same both ways.
But I forgot this step when I was cutting them all out.
And then I was too lazy to cut out three more outlines. =)

Anyway, after you put the other outline on top of the first outline (pretend I did that), you lay another sheet of contact paper on top of that to seal the tissue paper in.

Lily's is a a little wrinkly.
She helped me put the paper down. =)

We took the kids and their rainbows outside so we could see how pretty they were in the sun!

Here is Lily's on our sliding glass door:

All of the kids did a great job!!
I am going to have the boys do this project this weekend.
They are excited about it!
On an unrelated note, my mother-in-law won the primary for the Wichita School Board last night!! =) We are SO proud of her.
The final vote will be April 5th. If you live in the Wichita area, please vote for Sheril Logan for the at large school board seat. She will be an asset to the school board.


  1. These are super cute! We may have to borrow this idea! :) Congrats to your mother-in-law! We have a pretty intense BOE election going on here, too!

  2. You can buy it at Wal-Mart. :0)