Easy St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Paper Plate Rainbows

Saturday, March 16, 2024
Here's an easy St. Patrick's Day craft you can make in a flash. There's not much to it, and chances are you already have all of the supplies on hand! We also used this craft as an easy craft activity at The Jersey Momma's Boy's 5th birthday party, which was an Art Party. You can read all about that here.

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Follow my simple steps below to make your very own paper plate rainbows. This is a great rainy day craft, too, and not just for St. Patrick's Day!

You Will Need

-a paper plate
-markers, crayons, or colored pencils (or paint if you're adventurous)
-cotton balls
-Elmer's glue
-a ribbon or string to hang your creation

Step 1.  Cut a paper plate in half and then cut away the center semi-circle to make your plate into an arch.

Step 2.  If you're working with little ones you might want to lightly draw lines on the plate for them to show them where to color on the rainbow (otherwise it's hard to judge how much of each color to use).

Step 3.  Color in your rainbow using crayons, markers or colored pencils (or paint, if that's your thing).

Step 4.  Using a tiny bit of Elmer's drippy glue, add some cotton balls onto each end of the rainbow.

Step 5.  Poke a hole at the top of the rainbow and tie a ribbon or string through it to hang your rainbow. You can even get more creative with these by gluing Froot Loops over each color of the rainbow, adding faces with google eyes or markers, or even making your own pot of gold to hang beneath it. We made this pot with the extra pieces of the paper plate. Oh, and, those fabulous chocolate golden coins? They came from the one and only Fudge Shoppe in Flemington, NJ. If you have never been there, you need to get going right away! Tell them The Jersey Momma sent you.

For additional fun, check out my posts on rainbow rice sensory bins, shamrock angels and rainbow cupcakes! Or you can read some of my favorite rainbow books together! Have fun! (affiliate links included below:)


  1. I always loved doing crafts with my daughter when she was little.

    1. Sometimes I just like to make these myself, for little decorations at St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for visiting, Mary!

  2. Omg this is just wayyy too cute!!! So need to make this rainbow with my princess :):)

    1. Thanks, CourtneyLynne! I hope your little princess likes them! I appreciate you stopping by.

  3. This is such a cute and simple craft to do. I love it. Can't wait to try it with my daughter.

  4. My kids will love this...so cute x

  5. Aww! I love this! This is definitely something that I am going to do with my little guy! He'll just love it!

    1. Great, Jennifer! I hope he enjoys it! Thanks for stopping by.


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