Rainbow week, Day 5: Making rainbows and light clouds!

As part of our rainbow week we thought that we would get creative with the children. I am notoriously useless when it comes to arts and crafts, I’m far too clumsy and lack the patience for anything too fiddly. We tend to leave anything too ‘messy’ for playgroup or our local messy play centre as when you’ve got three children wielding paint, glue, and sticky backed plastic, it’s only ever going to end in disaster! Still, with it being rainbow week I conveniently forgot just how stressful our last art session was, or the hour I spent cleaning blue paint from my cream walls, and having made the decision to make rainbows and clouds, consulted Google, Pinterest, and trawled through endless craft inspiration, we purchased all of our supplies and got to work.

For the cloud, you will need :

Cotton wool,

PVA Glue and glue stick,

A small lantern shade, (We used these ones from Amazon)

Battery operated indoor lights, (We used these from Lights4you )



First of all we placed the lights into the lantern, being careful to make sure that the battery operated pack was at the top for easy access to the on/off switch.


Next we put a thick layer of glue all over the lantern and the children got to work sticking on the cotton wool. This resulted in some very fluffy fingertips but it was really easy and very effective.


While the cloud dried we placed it to one side and got to work on our rainbows.

For the rainbows, you will need :

Paper plates cut in half,

Coloured tissue paper cut into long strips,

PVA Glue and glue sticks,

Clear elastic. We used this one from, Amazon,

Firstly we covered our paper plates with glue, this was definitely Harrys favourite part as he is quite obsessed with glue since the days when he used to think it was yoghurt at playgroup and tried to eat it. Thankfully none of it made it into his mouth this time!


Next we covered our plates with cotton wool to make lovely white, fluffy clouds.


We then stuck the rainbow coloured tissue paper to the back of the plate to create a beautiful rainbow.


I was really impressed with how well the children did this, with minimal help, and relieved that the mess they made was actually quite minimal!


With all of our rainbows finished, and the cloud dried, we were ready to fix them to the girls bedroom ceiling. We threaded the elastic through the top of the rainbows and the cloud and after switching on the battery lights we hung them from the girls light fitting. Their little faces were a picture as we closed the curtains, turned off all of the lights and admired our handy work.


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  1. October 28, 2016 / 8:41 am

    These are so cute! We’ve just painted our playroom a pale blue. In my head I’m already picturing it being the sky as we have the green ikea rug – grass?! These crafty ideas would be lovely project to keep us on that theme. I did have a plan to paint the arch as a rainbow but not sure if that’s a little too crazy?! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      Oooh the arch as a rainbow would be amazing!! You should totally do that! xx

  2. October 28, 2016 / 9:53 am

    What a lovely activity for rainbow week looks like a fun activity for kids to do. Making some brightness out of the darkness.

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      Ahh yes, that’s such a lovely way to look at it! xx

  3. October 28, 2016 / 11:05 am

    This is so beautiful, what an amazing idea. It looks so much better than the shades that you buy in shops x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      Ahh thank you, that’s so kind. xx

  4. October 28, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Wow this looks brilliant! Such a clever idea and lots of fun for little ones to make. My girls would love this in their rooms x #picknmix

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      Thank you! It’s not often our craft projects are a success!! xx

  5. October 28, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    Wow, that looks lovely! I love the cloud lantern and looks like you guys had so much fun making it too 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      We had so much fun, just a lot of sticky cotton wool fingers afterwards! xx

  6. October 28, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Aw how cute are your children! This looks a nice little activity and great idea using battery lights

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you! xx

  7. October 28, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    I love this DIY, it’s super nice that the children can make their own decoration items x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you, they really enjoyed it. xx

  8. October 28, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I love the idea of making something practical as well as pretty, so the children can actually use it.

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:04 pm

      Me too! Some crafts seem utterly pointless and end up going in the recycle in! This one was fab and is still hanging in their bedroom! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Haha you’re right! They are still hanging in their bedrooms and they still cant wait to get to bed each night! xx

  9. Kat (Kitty and B)
    October 28, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    This is such a good idea! We’ve got a couple of those globe lights from B’s birthday party. Would love to try this. Your kids look so adorable! Thanks for sharing! x


    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Oh you should!! They looked so effective! xx

  10. October 28, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    What lovely ideas. You are all so crafty 🙂 They look great. Your rainbows are so sweet 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      We really aren’t, I’m notoriously useless at crafts, but this was so simple! xx

  11. October 28, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Love this! It looks so easy to do but the end result is lush. My two girls would love making this. By the way, the pictures of your little ones on the wall are lovely. #PicknMix

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      Ahh thank you! xx

  12. October 29, 2016 / 6:49 am

    This is so cool! Your ideas are so fab! I love the light up cloud and the rainbow cloud. They would look so good in any nursery and I’m suprised how simple and fun they are to do. x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you! I was amazed how well they turned out! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you! xx

  13. October 29, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Wow they look amazing! I think the lantern cloud would look awesome in my sons bedroom #ThatFridayLinky

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you! xx

  14. October 29, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    I have no craft bone in my body so I hardly do crafts but loving this rainbow and how cute it turned out plus the cloud too

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Me either! But these were so simple to do! xx

  15. October 29, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    This is really cute, I love the clouds with rainbows x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      They are lovely and easy too! xx

  16. October 29, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Oh wow what clever ideas. I now want a cloud light myself! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Haha me too! It was so easy! xx

  17. Lisa Lambert (mumdadplus4)
    October 30, 2016 / 7:35 am

    Love this so easy but so effective, might give it a try with the twins x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      It was so easy! Definitely worth a try! xx

  18. Nige
    October 30, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    A fab craft idea for rainbow week they look like they love doing it Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you for hosting! xx

  19. October 30, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    They look amazing. Such a simply, yet effective idea! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you for hosting. xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you for hosting. xx

  20. October 30, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    What a great crafting project! I have rainbows in my room so would love to make the cloud!

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      It was so easy! Glue and cotton wool, you cant go wrong!! xx

  21. October 31, 2016 / 1:02 am

    What a simple yet effective way to create a wwonderful new scene in their bedroom! It’s such a clever idea and really easy to do. I love the rainbows, and the light looks great!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      They were so easy and are still hanging up there now! The girls love them! xx

  22. October 31, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Love the cloud idea! So cute!

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you, the girls were over the moon with it! xx

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