At the beginning of each month my kindergartner comes home with a cute school calendar decorated with a little craft. His April calendar has a duck carrying an umbrella. Here, in Minnesota we are more used to April snow but I decided to go along with the April showers theme and create a rain craft. Inspired by our adorable rainbow craft, I came up with this paper plate rain cloud craft. I replaced the colorful yarn in the rainbow craft with white yarn and added a few raindrops on each side of the rainbow.
Our yarn crafts are a great way to use up your scrap yarn and also to give kids the opportunity to handle a needle. A plastic needle that is. We pair yarn with paper plates as paper plates are sturdy and perfect for a first sewing experience.
The craft comes with a free cloud template that you can find at the end of the post.
Paper plate rain cloud craft
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- rain cloud template – find it at the end of the article
- paper plate
- craft paint: red, orange, yellow, purple and blue
- white yarn
- plastic yarn needle (optional)
- hole punch
How to make a paper plate rain cloud craft
Start by cutting off the bottom of a paper plate. Then cut out a small semi-circle from the middle of the paper plate.
Paint your rainbow on the paper plate. If you don’t want to mix up the colors, start by painting first red, yellow and blue and set the plate aside to dry. You can cut out the clouds and raindrops in the meantime. After the first three colors have dried out completely, you can paint orange and purple.
If mixing up the colors won’t bother your child, you can paint them in order, starting with red and going towards blue or the other way around.
Download the rain cloud template (find it at the end of the article) and cut out the two clouds and raindrops.
Use a hole punch to make holes along the paper plate’s edge, on both sides. One hole per color.
Cut 10 strands of yarn. Fold the yarn in half and thread the fold through a hole in the paper plate to make a loop. Thread the other end of the yarn through the loop and pull it tight to secure it to the paper plate.
You can also use a plastic yarn needle to thread the yarn through the hole and then secure the yarn with a knot.
Glue the clouds at the bottom of the paper plate, one on each side.
Glue the raindrops on the white yarn.