This was my first attempt. Stay safe everyone x.
Dedicated to a brave little girl called Arabelle.🌈
Your Rainbow Kit contains…
A selection of 7 rainbow colours of Merino wool, all cut to size plus some white Merino wool for clouds or a dove and a pale blue for sky.
A piece of pre-cut felt base on which to arrange your rainbow. It’s like a piece of white woolly paper, really.
2 sheets of bubble wrap cut to size.
Piece of netting to hold your design in place before wetting.
A photocopiable rainbow template showing the order of colours. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. (Acronym is ROY G BIV). You might want to enlarge or just scale it up to fit your frame size. It’s just a reminder of the order of colours
Water Soluble Paper. Enough for two A4 size rainbows. This is what I do… Place the water soluble paper on top of the template to help me lay out the arc of colours in correct sequence.
Once I’ve made sure the layers of colour are fine, I check again that each layer of wool slightly overlaps with the adjacent colour. Then, I can sprinkle the soapy water onto the rainbow design. Voilà! The paper dissolves and felting can commence!
Illustrated step by step instructions below to make the rainbow project. (This activity is suitable for age 3+ but does definitely requires some adult supervision and help.) Older children can add more details, like a blue sky with clouds and bird, and flowers and grass.
Rainbow kit is £12.50 including postage. email@example.com
Enough to make at least 2 rainbows to fit A4 size.
1. Before you start, put an old towel down on the table, as the activity will get wet later (that’s why it’s called Wet felting!)
You also need to lay out the template and place the bubble wrap on top of that. You can then get started with the picture.
Work through the rest of the rainbow colours in turn, using the template as a reference. It gives you a great chance to talk about the colours of the rainbow and remember which colours come next in the sequence.
You can sing the song ” I can Sing a Rainbow” to help you lay the colours down in a beautiful arc shape.
The white wool is used to add details like clouds in the sky. The example image had shown these also used to make flowers in the meadow at the bottom of the scene. You can try making a crock of gold to add at the bottom of the scene, using some of the left over coloured wool or you can add some flowers.
Start by putting down tufts of green wool for the green grass at the bottom of our rainbow scene. Carefully, pull off some of the fibres from the green wool in your kit, and place it down. Imagine you are painting the grass with a brush, as you carefully lay down wisps of green wool.
When placing the colours down onto the picture, you must let them overlap a little, and make sure the strips for the rainbow are not too thick. I think perhaps I should have overlapped the colours a little more.
Once all your wool is laid out to make the picture and you are happy with it, then you wet it all with some warm soapy water, and cover over the top with the rest of the bubble wrap and pat it all down so that the water soaks into all of the wool.
This should be done quite gently at first. Then you need to roll the whole picture up in the towel in a sausage shape and squeeze the rest of the water out of the picture which could take about 10 minutes.
Once that is done, you rinse it cold water and then hot water. Then leave it to dry again.
Steps 29a and 29b
Once the picture is dry, it should be robust enough to embellish with threads, beads, buttons or any extras you would like to add. You can see how it looks in a frame. I tried it in one of the Ribba frames from Ikea which have more depth than the average frame so can be used for putting crafts, kids artwork or any pictures with a 3d element.
Some of my rainbow wools waiting to be transformed into wool paintings!
Follow up activities
Teach them about colours. Learn the fun mnemonic device: Roy G Biv . This character’s name is actually an acronym for all the colors of the rainbow in order.
The Rainbow is a symbol of hope and the Earth’s renewal in religious traditions. Here’s a link to simple cartoon story of Noah’s Ark.
Cartoon story of Noah and the Ark
With older children, you can go one step further and teach them why we see color the way we do and what causes a rainbow to appear.
Look at this… 👀
What causes a Rainbow? a scientific explanation.
I framed mine and put it in the bedroom window.
Finally, the iconic song from the Wizard of Oz…
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Judy Garland sings Somewhere over the 🌈 Rainbow.