DIY PAPER RAINBOW RINGS and “My Color is Rainbow” children’s book

9 March 2017

Looking for a rainbow project with your kids?

Make Paper Rainbow Rings!  (It’s almost like holding rainbows in your hands!) POST_RAINBOW RINGS_example



  • Paper in colours of the rainbow: I used red, orange, yellow, green and blue.
  • Scissors
  • Glue

    How to make

  • Cut circles in each color. Each circle should be slightly smaller than the last — it’s a progression.
  • Cut two horizontal slits in the back of the largest circle then, by size, glue and layer the circles on top of one another in a rainbow formation.
  • Make sure to leave the area of the slits free from glue so that this area can be folded back to be used as a ring!



I was looking for  a super simple project to make with a class of 5 and 6 old English as a Second Language students this idea came. I prepped the circles ahead of time to fit both a story hour and craft into 45 minutes. I find that cutting circles for most  5 and 6 year olds is time consuming. If you have the time to have the kids cut their own, I would recommend this. I would also encourage the children to have as wide of spectrum as you can of color for them to choose from. I think it’s wonderous to see what a rainbow looks like through a children’s eye and these are a project that the kids can make in a short time period! Since they can wear these, it can remind them later in the day of the fun process and conversations had while making. In our case, I combined with with a book for a story hour and was super happy to have Agnes Hsu’s book, My Color is Rainbow to share with my class. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and it beckons imaginations along with a sweet story that carries a message of kindness and inclusion.

Wishes for you to find ways to spread rainbows, too and hope that this paper start can be a perfect way to begin!


As always if you use my willowday tutorials, I would love to see what you do. I hope that this simple project brings creativity to your children and simplicity for you!  I find that simple can bring anything but ordinary and wish that colourful creative journey for you, too!

10 Rainbow Projects | HERE