{Craft} St. Patrick’s Day Rainbows

When I think of Saint Patrick’s Day, I think of rainbows.  I’ll choose the gorgeous colors of a rainbow over a leprechaun any day.  Here’s a fun way to use ingredients you already have in your kitchen to make salt dough rainbows.

St. Patrick's Day Rainbows

This is a good project for a rainy day since it takes a bit of time.  Remember that it is the process of creating that is most important for your child and not the quality of the final product.  Have fun and get messy!

Items Needed:

  • ½ cup table salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • Rolling pin
  • Cereal bowl
  • Juice glass
  • Cookie sheet
  • Toothpick or pencil
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Cotton balls
  • String or ribbon

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Make the salt dough by combining the salt, flour and water in a large bowl.  It will be a VERY dry and crumbly dough until you knead it for 5 minutes.
  3. Once the dough is ready, roll the dough out to 1/4″ thick.  (Note: if it is any thicker, it will take much longer to bake in the oven).Rolling out Dough
  4. Use a cereal bowl to make a large circle in the dough.  Use a juice glass inside of the circle to make the inner arc of the rainbow.  Tear off the excess dough at the ends of the rainbow.2Cutting out the Rainbow
  5. Use a toothpick or pencil to make a small hole at the top of the dough and gently draw lines to resemble the different arcs of a rainbow.3Marking Rainbow
  6. Gently move the dough to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours.  After 2 hours, use a spatula to flip the piece over.  If you can feel soft spots on the back, it needs to bake longer.  (Note: ours took about 2.5 hours).  It should be completely dry and hard to the touch.Baking Rainbow
  7. Let cool completely then paint.Painting Rainbow
  8. Glue cotton ball clouds to the ends of the rainbow and attach string to hang.Letting Dry

 

 

 

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Jennifer Potter is a Smyrna-based artist who deeply believes art empowers and enriches the child in all of us. You can follow her work at facebook.com/thiswingedheart.