Rainbow Crafts: Unique Rainbow Art Project for Kids

If you’re looking for some unique rainbow crafts, you’ll want to try our latest art project! Children will have so much fun creating this colorful rainbow art using watercolors and cotton!

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Unique Rainbow Art for Kids


Rainbow crafts make great projects for spring and St. Patrick’s Day, but honestly, I like doing them with the kids year round. Rainbows just seem to exude happiness and also provide a great way to explore colors!


Unique Rainbow Art for Kids


Our most recent rainbow art for kids is very different from usual rainbow crafts (like this rainbow art project we did earlier this month). We created some colorful patterns with one of our favorite art techniques (painting with watercolors and droppers) and used the result as our rainbow. I’ll also show you an easy way to make clouds from cotton balls which you can add to your finished rainbow! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Unique Rainbow Art for Kids

Materials for Rainbow Art for Kids


Directions for Unique Rainbow Art for Kids

1. You’ll want to start by making your colorful rainbow paper. Take a piece of watercolor paper and paint it with a layer of water so it’s all wet.


materials for rainbow art for kids


2. Use your droppers or pipettes to drop watercolors onto the wet paper.


liquid watercolors and droppers for art for kids


To get more of a rainbow feel, try dropping the paint in rows following the correct order of colors in a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).


watercolor rainbow with droppers


3. Set your paper aside to dry. While your artwork is drying you can make your cotton ball clouds!

  • Tear off a piece of wax paper and place it in front of you.
  • Pour some liquid glue into a shallow dish or paper plate.
  • Take one cotton ball and stretch it out. Dip it in the glue, and then place it on the wax paper.
  • Grab another cotton ball, stretch it out, dip it in the glue, and place it next to your first cotton ball on the wax paper.
  • Continue doing this until you like your cotton ball cloud shape.
  • Let it dry in the sun or overnight. Once it’s completely dry, you can peel it off the wax paper.


cotton ball clouds


4. Once your watercolor paper is dry, cut out some rainbow shapes from it.


cut out rainbows from watercolor paper


5. Add some cotton ball clouds to your rainbows to give it a 3-D effect.


cotton ball clouds


6. Hang your rainbow art and enjoy!


Unique Rainbow Art for Kids


Rainbow Crafts for Kids: Make these unique rainbows and clouds- perfect for St. Patrick's Day or Spring!


unique rainbow art project for kids

Rainbow Craft for Kids: Unique Rainbow Art Project using watercolors and with 3-D Cotton Clouds! Perfect for a unit on weather or St. Patrick's Day! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. These are so pretty! I love the technique.

  2. I just love how this art project turned out. What a wonderful artistic process, and a beautiful end result as well!

  3. Love these umbrellas! Thanks for sharing on our FB wall today.

  4. Alicia Owen says:

    This is cute! I love anything colorful and craft-related…especially for younger kiddies!

  5. This rainbow craft is so pretty and a nice twist to using the cotton balls’


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