Clay Rainbow

  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Plastic knife
    • Sharp pencil
    • String/ yarn

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Ideal Age Range:

4 – 8

Mess Factor:


Prep Time:

< 5 min – just gather clay colors and other materials

You can make this rainbow with or without clouds. You can make it as a fun decoration, or attach a pin back or magnet after it is baked. You can also make a hole at the top and create a necklace to wer.

If you don’t have Sculpey or Fimo clay (linked above) you can use an easy salt dough recipe to make the beads and then paint them after they are baked and cooled. Take a look at some of these past posts for the salt dough recipe:

Active Instructions

  1. Print out the template of rainbows in color.
  2. Roll out a thin coil of red clay a few inches long.
  3. Use the template to press the red coil gently into the red shape of the rainbow as pictured.
  1. Continue with each color and trim for a straight bottom.
  2. Peel the rainbow off the template for a finished rainbow – you can place the rainbow over the template with the clouds and flatten a small piece of white clay for each cloud and press to slightly overlap the bottom of each side of the rainbow.
  1. Add a small hole on top if you’d like to make this into a necklace.
  2. Bake per package instructions – cool before touching!
  3. Glue your pinback or magnet or add string for a necklace! You can make a few and hang them in front of a window for a cheerful display!

This is a great project that you can tie into St. Patrick’s Day and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. Or you can simply create this as you watch spring showers come and go.


If you want to pin this project, please use the image below.

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