Make a Colorful Mosaic Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate

Today we are making a paper mosaic rainbow from a paper plate.  It is a really fun rainbow craft for kids of all ages including younger kids if you just do a little prep work.

Rainbow crafts are one of my favorite things to make. I love rainbows and with the colors being so bright and pretty, it’s hard not to smile when you see them!

Mosaic Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate

Make a Paper Plate Mosaic Rainbow

Mosaics are a fun way to teach kids about patterns and rainbows are ideal for teaching colors. You can make two rainbows from one paper plate.

Mosaic Art for Kids

mosaic, in art, decoration of a surface with designs made up of closely set, usually variously coloured, small pieces of material such as stone, mineral, glass, tile, or shell. 


Today we are exploring mosaics with paper because it is easier to work with and can be created with colorful patterned paper you may already have in your scrapbook drawer.

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Mosaic Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate

Supplies Needed

Collage pictures of the four steps to create the Rainbow mosaic craft with paper plates, scrapbook and colorful paper squares and glue
Follow these easy steps to make your own mosaic rainbow craft!

Directions for Mosaic Paper Plate Rainbow Craft

Step 1

Cut the paper plate in half and cut all but 1-inch of the center out creating a rainbow arch using the outside of the paper plate as the exterior part of the rainbow.

Step 2

Cut scrapbook paper into small squares. We like to use patterned paper, but you could also just create the squares for the mosaic with construction paper or solid colored paper.

Step 3

Glue red squares around the outer edge.

Step 4

Glue orange squares under the red squares.

Steps 5…

Following this same pattern, glue squares down the rainbow: yellow, green, blue, purple.

Watch the Quick Video Tutorial How to Make a Mosaic Rainbow from a Paper Plate

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Paper Plate Rainbow Mosaic

Mosaic Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate

Let's make this beautiful paper mosaic art rainbow with a paper plate and some scrap paper. Kids of all ages will love this craft and make a mosaic rainbow of their own.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • white paper plate
  • colorful variety of paper - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple


  • scissors
  • glue


  1. Cut the paper plate in 1/2 and cut out a 1/2 circle from the middle to create an arch with the remaining paper plate.
  2. Cut scrapbook paper into 1 inch squares or use a square punch.
  3. Glue the paper squares in lines creating bands of color like a rainbow.
Mosaic Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate

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How did your paper plate mosaic rainbow craft turn out?

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