3D Paper Rainbow (with bonus science experiment)

This was a really simple, low mess craft. While working on this craft, we spent time discussing (again) where rainbows come from. We also spent some time counting out pennies, and then did a little experiment using vinegar and salt to polish the pennies (details below).


Here’s what you need:

  • Construction paper (in each colour of the rainbow, black, and white)
  • Heavy card stock (you could use a piece of construction paper instead, but the pennies are heavy, so if you want to hang it up I recommend using stronger paper)
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors or a paper cutter
  • Pennies

Here’s what to do:

  • Cut or slice equal strips of each of the six rainbow colours
  • Draw and cutout a pot shape from the black paper, and a cloud shape from the white paper
  • Fan out the rainbow strips keeping the ends of one side together
  • Tape down the side that isn’t fanned out to your heavy card stock
  • Use glue stick to glue the black pot over the taped pieces
  • One by one, fold the other strips forwards and use glue stick to glue them to the heavy card stock (be mindful of the spacing so that your cloud will be able to cover all the ends after)
  • Use glue stick to glue cloud over the ends of the fanned tips
  • Optional: you can clean your pennies using white vinegar or lemon juice and salt – mix 1/4 cup of vinegar or lemon juice with 1 tsp of salt and soak the pennies for several minutes before rinsing and drying them
  • Use white glue to attach the pennies on or around the black pot to look like a “pot of gold”

Voila! 🙂

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