How to Make a Paper Rainbow Mosaic

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February 20, 2017

Paper Rainbow Mosaic - finished arched more tightly papered rainbowRainbow crafts are popular for the St. Patrick's Day theme. There are so many different ways to create and learn about them. One way is to make a mosaic. This craft is simple and can lead to unique ideas about how to represent a rainbow. Many students in my class stuck with "ROY G BIV", while others made straight lines and color explosions. Any way the craft is completed, the rainbows are still beautiful.


Total Time: 10-20 minutes per

Yield: 1+


  • 1 sheet of white or light blue construction paper
  • liquid school glue
  • scissors
  • 3/4 to 1-inch squares of colored construction paper (rainbow colors)
Paper Rainbow Mosaic - supplies


  1. To create a 'normal' rainbow, draw a curved glue line on your paper. Start adding red squares to the line.
  2. Paper Rainbow Mosaic - adding red paper squares to glue line
  3. Finish adding red squares to the first line of glue. Draw another line below the first.
  4. Paper Rainbow Mosaic - second glue line below completed red one
  5. Add orange squares along the second line.
  6. Paper Rainbow Mosaic - orange squares on second line of glue

  7. Continue adding glue lines and the next rainbow color until you feel the rainbow is complete.
  8. Paper Rainbow Mosaic - finished rainbow paper mosaic
  9. Here is an example of a color explosion rainbow. A couple kids in my class did something similar to this.
  10. Paper Rainbow Mosaic - rainbow explosion variation
  11. Here are two more examples of how I've seen kids represent rainbows. According to a student I had, the blue line in the second photo serves as clouds.
  12. Paper Rainbow Mosaic - variation with horizontal color lines
    Paper Rainbow Mosaic - variation with blue line below arched rainbow representing clouds
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