Create a stunning rainbow from magazines with this fun magazine collage rainbow craft. This craft is perfect to do alongside a study on St. Patrick’s Day or weather. Or skip the study and make this craft just because you love rainbows!

The perfect use for all of your old magazines. We have featured a few magazine crafts in the past but this is great as you are hunting for colors, not images. A great way to use up loads of your magazine!

Kids can help find the colors needed for this craft by looking through magazines. This craft is fantastic to learn about colors! You will need every color of the rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. It is fascinating to see how the colors naturally blend into each other through photos in magazines. This magazine collage rainbow craft will take quite a bit of thought, patience and attention so younger children may rather randomly place the colors onto the rainbow. Either way, you will be left with a beautiful collage rainbow.

Magazine Collage Rainbow Craft

DIY rainbow collage from magazine clippings

This magazine collage rainbow craft will take a little effort to set up but the results are worth it. Once you have your collage pieces cut from the magazine you can store the extras away for future collaging use.

You Will Need

To complete this craft you will need the following.

  • One side of an old cardboard box
  • An old magazine
  • Scissors
  • Glue, we used PVA and a brush to spread the glue
  • A pen and plates to draw your rainbow or our rainbow printable

Getting Prepared

Make the rainbow

The first thing to do is to make the rainbow base. To do this draw a rainbow shape onto the cardboard box. There are two different easy ways to draw your rainbow.

Firstly use the free printable above. Print and then cut out the rainbow. Place this rainbow onto the cardboard and trace around the edge. Remove the image and cut around the drawn line with scissors.

Secondly, without a printer. You will need two plates/ cups/ bowls of different sizes. Place the smaller one down and draw around the top half of it. Place the larger bowl down and repeat so you draw the upper line of the rainbow. It can be helpful to first draw this out onto a piece of thin card, such as a cereal box, and once you have the shape right cut it out and trace onto your cardboard box sheet.

Get the collage supplies ready

Rainbow collage supplies

This step can be done with or without the kids. It can take a while to get all of the colors cut out and ready so it could be a good idea to do most of this before inviting your kids over to join in.

Go through your magazine and cut out squares in the colors of the rainbow. You will need, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet if you are wanting to use traditional rainbow colors. Separate the colors into piles. Don’t worry too much about the size of your magazine collage squares as these can be cut to size later.

Time To Collage!

collage rainbow

Firstly explain to your children what they are going to do. Younger kids will find this rainbow collage craft much more enjoyable if they have the freedom to stick any color anywhere. Older kids will love the challenge of getting their magazine clippings in a line just like in a real rainbow. Either way is fine, the idea here is to be creative and have fun!

Using the glue spread a thick layer over the rainbow base. You may find that more glue needs to be reapplied later during the craft as it starts to dry.

Starting at one end cut a color magazine clipping to size and stick onto the cardboard box base. Do a row of each color to start with to ensure there is enough space so each color fits evenly. While the glue is wet the magazine collage clippings will be easy to remove and reposition. Continue until the entire rainbow has been covered.

This magazine rainbow collage craft can take some time to complete. Feel free to stop halfway through if need be and resume it later. Simply apply more glue and start the collaging fun again. These rainbows would look awesome displayed up on the bedroom wall.

DIY Rainbow Collage

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