Paper Rainbow DIY

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Hello and welcome to our first blog post – isn’t this exciting!

We want to use our very first blog post to spread some cheer in these weird and uncertain times so what better way to start than with a free resource for you all!

Bringing some positivity to your households, we thought we would jump on the rainbow bandwagon and release a free template for you to create your own paper rainbow at home. 

This tutorial was created to encourage plenty of cutting, sticking and gluing and with the added option of turning your rainbow(s) into a mobile feature to hang in your windows. 

We hope you enjoy and make use of this free and fun little project. Any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Once you have completed your rainbow don’t forget to tag us using #DIYDeckleAndForge we would love to see your creations!

You will need

  • A printer and printer paper to download and print Template 1 and Template 2
  • Coloured papers* of your choice or colouring pencils or pens
  • Glue Stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Masking Tape

*Explore your house for coloured bits of paper and use what you can find. I used all sorts of colours and created two very different looking rainbows! The pastel colours came from a very old scrap paper book I have had for years and I thought now was a great time to dig it out!

How to make your Paper Rainbow

Step 1

Download and print out the two PDF templates (in the ‘You will need’ list above) and neatly cut all the shapes out with your scissors. Either colour in each shape with colouring pens or pencils or use them as a template to draw each shape onto a coloured piece of paper and then cut them out (this is what I did). Refer to the colour key on the document if you want to use traditional rainbow colours.

Step 2

Glue layer 2 on top of layer 1, making sure the outside arch of the layers are lined up, leaving the inside arch of layer 1 showing.

Step 3

Repeat this for all 7 layers until it looks like mine below.

Step 4

Glue the two smaller clouds onto the two larger clouds so you end up with two layered clouds, both facing opposite ways and glue these on to the end of your rainbow.

You have now completed your rainbow!

Follow the instructions further if you want to attach thread to make them a hanging feature for your wall or window.

To make a double sided rainbow bunting (scroll down for single sided)

Make a second rainbow, using the steps 1-4, but this time leave the clouds unstuck. Turn your first rainbow over and place the thread down the middle (use masking tape to hold into place) leaving enough thread above and below.

Glue your second rainbow, without clouds, onto the back of the first rainbow, sandwiching the thread between them. Glue the remaining clouds into place, lining them up with the ones underneath. 

You can repeat this process with as many rainbows attached to the thread as you like.

To make a single sided rainbow bunting

Perfect for hanging against a wall in your home. Turn your rainbow over and place the thread down the middle (use masking tape to hold into place) leaving enough thread above and below.

Glue your cut out tab and stick over the thread on the back of the rainbow to hold in place. You can repeat this process with as many rainbows attached to the thread as you like.

And that’s it! You have completed your paper rainbows! Make as many as you like and try all sorts of colour combinations!

Hang them somewhere in your home for you and your family to enjoy or in the window for other people to see too!

Stay safe, stay positive and stay creative!

Molly xxx