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Cotton Ball Rainbow Painting Craft


Finding the gold at the end of the rainbow can be doable with this Cotton Ball Rainbow Painting Craft! Rainbows are loved by everyone. The sight of them in the sky following a rainfall is stunning enough to stop anyone and everyone in their tracks. What if you had the ability to have an awesome craft to share with your students in which they could have and look at each and every day?


The good news? You can! All you need for this Cotton Ball Rainbow Painting Craft is very few ingredients and a ton of imagination. Gather up your paint, your cotton balls, a bit of paper and just that like you’ve created the perfect combination to start creating beautiful rainbows. With just a little bit of effort, your students’ rainbows will be hanging up all around your classroom, bringing much joy and happiness to all those that get to see it!



How To Make A Cotton Ball Rainbow Painting Craft:

What’s Needed:

  • Paint
  • Cotton Balls
  • Clothespins
  • White Card Stock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Canvas (optional)


This rainbow craft is very quick and easy to set-up. Simply, pour different colors of paint on to a paper plate and clip cotton balls with the clothespins. To prevent your students from mixing the colors, you can use a paint tray or muffin pan too.



How To Make:

To begin making their rainbows, your students will dab the cotton ball into the paint.



Then, they will dab the cotton ball onto a canvas or piece of thick white paper.



Make the shape of a traditional rainbow, a rainbow shooting across the sky or just have fun with the colors and make your own masterpiece!



Next, your students will repeat the above steps with all of the others colors.



After the paint to dries completely, they will cut cloud shapes from white card stock and glue onto the canvas. Finally, your students can hang their finished rainbow craft around your classroom or on a bulletin board for a colorful decoration to enjoy.


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Whether you are making an art project for St. Patrick’s Day or looking for a fun activity to add to your weather unit, this Cotton Ball Rainbow Painting Craft is sure to brighten up your students’ day and your classroom!


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