Easy Mosaic Art: Make a Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate

Today we are making a paper plate rainbow craft with a simple mosaic technique.  Making a paper mosaic is a fun rainbow craft for kids of all ages including younger kids (when you do a little prep work). This easy mosaic art technique uses paper mosaic tiles and could have a million uses in the classroom and at home and the resulting rainbow art is really cool.

Mosaic Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate - paper plate rainbow craft completed and shown on a white back ground
Let’s make a paper plate rainbow craft!

Paper Mosaic Rainbow Craft for Kids

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!

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.

Easy 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 mosaic pieces 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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Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft

Mosaic Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate

Supplies Needed to Make Paper Plate Rainbow Craft

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

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

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.

Active Time
20 minutes

Total Time
20 minutes


Estimated Cost


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


  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.

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How did your paper plate mosaic rainbow craft turn out?

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