Glitter Rainbow Art Project on Canvas Post Preview: Kids can paint a beautiful glittery rainbow design with this simple and inexpensive art project.
Okay, so I really love today’s project that I’m sharing. I love that it’s easy, inexpensive, great for all kinds of ages, and super cute. What a great combination for a craft, right?
For real – this is a very easy project. But I’m going to admit that I love crafts and projects like that. I have always been easily overwhelmed by really complicated or technical crafts. That makes me love crafts that are approachable, fun, and low pressure. While today’s craft has the potential to be messy, it is definitely approachable and low pressure.
The project I’m sharing today is a Glitter Rainbow Art Project on canvas. You can use it as a great opportunity to talk about the colors in a rainbow or just for a fun excuse to create something fun, fabulous, and sparkly.
Supplies Needed for Glitter Rainbow Art Project
Another great feature of the Glitter Rainbow Art Project is that it’s pretty flexible about your supplies. I will make suggestions and then some alternate ideas.
- Canvas – could be a stretched canvas on a frame or a flat panel canvas (this is also flexible in that you can use whatever shape or size canvas you would like)
- Paintbrushes – I recommend one per color, if possible
- Craft paint in rainbow colors – specific Apple Barrel paint colors used for the project as shown: Cardinal Crimson, Pumpkin Orange, Bright Yellow, Crisp Green, Bright Blue, Purple Pansy. You can use other colors, however. Here is a large set of popular Apple Barrel paints.
- Glitter in a rainbow colors – gold glitter was used for both orange and yellow in the project as shown
- Paint palette or pallet paper
- Tray or somewhere to shake excess glitter
How to Make Your Glitter Rainbow Art Project
1. Paint the colors of the rainbow on the canvas in order from top to bottom. The order is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
You could overlap the blue and purple areas, if you want, to try to create a separate line for indigo so that you will have blue, indigo, and violet instead of just blue and purple.
2. Allow the paint to dry. If you’re trying to make it dry more quickly, you could use a hairdryer or fan.
3. Paint another coat for each color. While each section is still wet, shake glitter onto each color line, matching the colors. For example, use red glitter on the line with red paint.
4. Shake the excess glitter off of the canvas into a tray or trashcan.
5. Set aside and allow your beautiful rainbow art project to dry.
More Rainbow Resources to Check Out
Here are lots of ideas for studying rainbows including crafts, activities, and science experiments.
If you are looking for an activity around Saint Patrick’s Day, here is a free printable rainbow and pot of gold coloring or finger painting page.
Lacy from Catholic Icing has this super cute rainbow cake that looks delicious.
WhiskerWorks has this darling laser-cut personalized rainbow craft project
Here is a very cool mosaic rainbow craft kit from Make a Mosaic Creations.
Another fun way to work on rainbow colors would be to follow this tutorial to make these Homemade Rainbow Bath Bombs.
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