Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown we’ve been amazed by the amount of rainbows we’ve seen on our daily walks. We’ve seen kids and adults alike embracing craft to spread a message of hope – from chalk drawings on the pavement, to paper collages, drawings and paintings that would impress even the most seasoned crafters – rainbows have really helped to bring our communities together during these tough times. We wanted to help you to continue crafting with your children, so we’ve made this simple rainbow sun catcher tutorial that you can easily make with just some basic supplies. It creates a fab stained window effect, and you can be as neat or messy as you like with it (so it’s great for making with both toddlers and older children), then once you’re done just pop it in your window with some blue tack!
How to make a rainbow sun catcher
You Will Need
Card (2 sheets), A4 black card
Tissue paper, several colours
Large circular plate
PVA glue, optional
Place a large plate so it lies half on top of a sheet of A4 black card to create a semi-circle shape and trace around the edge to create the outer rainbow shape.
Create your rainbow frame by tracing around the plate
Now repeat with a small cup in the centre of the bottom edge to create the rainbow shape.
Now do the same with the cup to create the inner edge
Repeat to make 2 rainbows and then cut them out.
With adult supervision, cut out the inner space within each rainbow using scissors to leave a black card outline of the outside of the rainbow x 2.
Take a sheet of sticky transparent contact paper and stick one of the rainbows on top of it.
Then cut off the excess sticky transparent contact paper.
Take a few sheets of brightly coloured tissue paper and snip them into small squares. Kids will love helping with this bit with child-friendly scissors. Don’t worry about being too neat. You can go large and scrappy for younger children or cut small, precise squares if older children want to try a mosaic effect.
Stick the tissue paper squares to the contact paper sticky inside area of your rainbow to fill it in with colour.
Trim around the edges of the rainbow to remove any bits of tissue paper that overhang the outline.
Optional – Use PVA glue to stick the second black outline to the back of your rainbow for a neat finish.
Use blue tack or tape to stick your rainbow your window.