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Cardboard Mosaic Rainbow

A rainbow has so many meanings but my favorite is it being a symbol of hope and promise; it is the reward for weathering the storm! You can create this beautiful and meaningful piece of art by using and upcycling many items that are already in your home. Not only does this simple DIY craft teach your child about patterns and colors but also about reusing items that would normally be thrown in the trash.

Materials needed:

cardboard (cereal box, packaging, etc.)

magazines, colored paper or fabric

embellishments (pom poms, buttons, stickers, etc.)

cotton balls





  1. Draw the shape of a rainbow onto a piece of cardboard using a pencil and cut out.

  2. Flip through magazines or gather colored paper or fabric and start tearing or cutting out little squares of similar size. Organize each color into individual bowls.

  3. Start at the top of the cardboard rainbow cut out and glue the red pieces in a row following the edge. Repeat with orange following the bottom edge of the red row and so on with yellow, green, blue and purple.

  4. Glue on any add-ons like buttons, pom poms, etc.

  5. Take a piece of cotton and gently spread it out to resemble a cloud. Glue onto the bottom edges of the rainbow.

  6. Glue or tape a piece of string on the back of the rainbow to hang onto your wall or window.

  7. Enjoy your new artwork!

We hope you have as much fun as we did making this upcycled cardboard and magazine mosaic rainbow! When you look at it, remember that sunny days are ahead and to also always be a rainbow in someone else's cloud! Please share and tag @friendsandfaire on Instagram! We would love to see your one of a kind creations!

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