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Paper Plate Rainbow Weaving Art

This rainbow weaving art craft for kids using pipe cleaners and paper plates is the perfect St. Patricks Day craft or activity for the classroom, or any time of year. Paper plate crafts are cheap to make and great for kids in Preschool or Kindergarten.

rainbow weaving art

I’m a former teacher and even though I am not in the classroom I’m still drawn to simple crafts for kids that they can do at home. This rainbow weaving art project for kids is perfect for the classroom during St.Patricks Day, or just for fun at home. (originally published 2/16)

Rainbow Craft

I taught Kindergarten and I was always looking for cheap and easy crafts for my kids. This was one of them. I loved paper plate crafts because they were cheap which meant I could do more activities throughout the year.

You really have to spread out the yearly budget however you can when you’re teaching. Here is how you make this paper plate rainbow weaving art project.

rainbow craft

If you’re throwing a rainbow birthday party this is a fabulous idea too. Fun and cheap is my kinda’ get together.

For this rainbow art project you just need a few things to get you started. I would suggest making the slits in the paper plate yourself, probably after they color it blue with crayons (makes it easier).

Multi colored pipe cleaners are great when it comes to weaving because they are stiffer than yarn and great for little hands to weave in and out of the slits in their paper plate.

Here’s what you need and how you make this rainbow craft.

pipe cleaner craft

Rainbow weaving art


  • Paper plate but use the cheap really thin ones, not the no bend types that cost a bunch. They’re easier to cut through and cheaper anyway.
  • Pipe cleaners (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) to make the many colors of the rainbow.
  • Colored pencils or crayons so they can color the plate like the sky in the background
  • Cotton balls or foam peanuts can make “clouds” at one end if they want.
  • Scissors for you if you have younger kids, I’d do this part ahead of time yourself.

Cut the paper plate in half. It is easier to use an Exacto knife on a board to cut this rather than scissors (faster too).

Have the children color it as they desire, before or after you cute. You could use watercolors to paint it blue or crayons.

Weave the colored pipe cleaners thru one at a time using the colors of the rainbow, ROYGBIV!  Glue cotton balls in the corner to represent clouds if you wish and your rainbow weaving art craft is done!

You could also use packing cheetos like you see here if you have those lying around. Use your imagination and use what you have already at home if at all possible.  It is a great weaving activity for Kindergarteners and just fun for everyone really.

If you’re looking for more St.Patrick’s Day ideas check out our other rainbow edible post too, including the ones below!

  1. Rainbow glitter arts and crafts
  2. St. Patrick’s Day treats
rainbow weaving art

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