Here in our house, we’ve been looking for ways to spread joy around the neighborhood during this pandemic. We made and hid kindness rocks, we’ve decorated with sidewalk chalk, we’ve hung art and placed teddy bears in the windows, and we’ve set up a thank you station for delivery drivers. The newest way we’ve been sharing a little bit of cheer is by creating little felt rainbows to hang on our neighbors’ bushes and fences as we walk. They’re super easy to create using scraps of felt and glue, and they’re a universal sign of promise and hope. Here’s how to make your own!
Felt in assorted colors (I used Kunin felt in Candy Pink, Gold, Peacock, Neon Green, Neon Blue, Bright Lilac, and Fuchsia)
Round objects in a variety of sizes
Twine, string, or ribbon
Step 1: Trace your largest round object onto a piece of felt.
I used a roll of ribbon, but you can also use a bowl, a flowerpot, a small plate, or anything you like.
Step 2: Cut out the circle, then cut the circle in half.
This will give you the outer layers for two felt rainbows.
Step 3: Repeat, tracing and cutting smaller circles from other colors of felt.
I used six different colors. I didn’t have all of the standard colors on hand, so we got creative and used gold in place of orange and yellow, and two shades of blue. Feel free to use any colors and put them in any order you like.
Step 4: Cut a tiny felt heart.
I recommend folding a piece of felt in half and cutting a half heart shape to make it symmetrical.
Step 5: Glue your layers on top of each other.
You can use craft glue, fabric glue, or hot glue for this step.
Step 6: Add the heart!
You can place the heart anywhere on the rainbow. Sometimes we put it on the left, other times we put it on the right.
There’s really no wrong way to make these! I love how bright and cheerful they look, don’t you?
Step 7: Add a hanger.
I used twine, but string or ribbon will work too. Cut a piece, form a loop, and tie a knot. Glue the knot to the back of the rainbow, then trim the ends.
That’s all there is to it! Now your rainbows are ready to spread joy all over the neighborhood.
Take a walk and hang your rainbows on bushes, fence posts, doorknobs, mailboxes, and anywhere else that needs a little bit of cheer. If you like, you can add a note to the hanger letting your neighbors know it’s from you, or you can choose to be anonymous like we did. Just imagine how fun it would be to step out of your house and see one of these!
If you do this project, or any other project to spread joy in your neighborhood, we’d love to hear about it! Be sure to share your photos with us in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group.