DIY Rainbow Prop

Hello there!

After celebrating colour days for yellow, green, red and blue (in that order), Anjana’s playgroup decided to have a rainbow day. I wanted to make a rainbow prop for her. As rainbow involves curves, fabric was out of question. Hence, paper it was! The prop would be a rainbow (semicircle starting with violet on the top) to be hung over Anjana’s shoulders.

What I used:

  • Cardboard
  • Colour paper [violet, dark blue (in place of indigo), turquoise (for blue), green, gold (yellow), orange (foam sheet with glitter) and red]
  • white paper for clouds (optional)
  • two strips of ribbon
  • a pair of scissors
  • box cutter
  • glue
  • brown tape
  • t-shirt for measurement


Step 1: Using Anjana’s t-shirt, I measured the approximate size of the rainbow – top starting from below the t-shirt’s neckline.wp-1487909829807.jpg


I did not have a single piece of cardboard for the entire rainbow, so I glued two pieces together and secured with brown tape.

Step 2: Red being my smallest part of the rainbow, I cut the red paper to shape (more or less a semicircle).


Step 3: Trace the outline on the orange glitter foam sheet for a semicircle with a radius of about 1.5 inches more than that of the red semicircle. Cut it to shape.


Step 4: Repeat step 3 for each colour with the same increment in radius. Please note that I have cut the paper in the shape of semicircle and not arches.

Step 5: Paste the outermost colour (violet in my case) on to the cardboard.


Step 6: Paste the other colours in the order aligning them at the bottom line. Once all the seven colours are glued on, cut the cardboard to shape.  Mine looked like this (not perfect, but this will do).


Step 7: Add a strip of ribbon on either side and attach it to another piece of cardboard so that the prop can be hung over the child’s shoulders. I used glue and brown tape to keep the ribbons in place.


Step 8 (optional – for clouds): Cut the white paper in the shape of clouds and attach them to the bottom on the inside.


All done now!!

Here is Anjana wearing it over her Minnie Mouse frock.


When I went to pick her up, she was given a cupcake with rainbow frosting. Wow, a tasty way to remember rainbow day!


Of course, Anjana decided to eat it right away!