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Bright and Cheery Rainbow Garland Tutorial

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Two-in-one crafts are my jam. I love making birthday decor that can do double duty in the nursery or my office. This rainbow garland is doing just that. It will be perfection as a rainbow birthday banner in the future, but for right now it’s adding so much cheer to our joint office/playroom.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Want to make one? Depending on how well your kids nap, this is a pretty quick craft to whip up. You can customize the colors to match your decor too. Want a pastel rainbow? Or neon brights? Or a modern look with coral, mint, and mustard? Ooh, or ombre with 4 shades of purple?! Go for it! You could even do clouds by themselves and make each one a different color. Ahh I just love crafting so much. Happy sigh.

Psst, want to save this craft for later? Pin it on Pinterest.

How To Make a Rainbow Garland

I’m of the Lisa Frank generation so I went with bright neons for the most part for my rainbow. I was limited by the felt colors I could find in the store (I’m not a plan-ahead type of crafter so online doesn’t do it for me) but really like how these all look together. Alright, let’s get those kids to bed and start crafting!

Supplies

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday
  • 4 sheets of white felt for clouds and rainbow backing
  • 6 sheets of felt for rainbows (The colors I got from Joann Fabrics were: shocking pink, orange, yellow, neon green, lagoon, and bright lilac.)
  • String for hanging (I used gold embroidery floss but you could also try yarn, thin ribbon, etc. It just needs to be relatively smooth to easily slip through the felt pieces.)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or Liquid Stitch glue
  • Hot glue
  • Stuffing (Tip: if you see pillows on sale, buy one to cut open for its stuffing. Craft polyfil can run around $10 a bag so a $4 pillow is a great deal!)

Instructions

Print my free rainbow garland template and cut out the pieces. Don’t cut the rainbow into sections yet!

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Trace the cloud on your white felt and cut out 16.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Stitch or glue the clouds together leaving a 1″ opening to stuff them.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Fill with as much stuffing as you’d like then stitch or glue the opening shut.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Trace the rainbow semi-circle onto white felt 3 times.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Cut the rainbow arches along the lines on your printed pattern. Trace onto your colored felt. (Try to trace them all in the same direction as my template isn’t perfectly symmetrical.)

Cut the felt pieces inside the traced lines you drew. If you cut outside the lines, the arches will be too thick to fit together.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Layer your rainbow arches over a white piece. Line everything up before gluing down. You may need to trim some pieces a little if they don’t fit perfectly.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Hot glue the arches down, starting with the purple. Keeping them all in place, I lifted one end and glued it in place with just a dot. Once all were secured I finished gluing, starting with the blue and going out, to be sure they would butt up against each other perfectly.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

You may need to trim the bottom of your arches or some of your white backing a little at the end.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Arrange your finished pieces to see how you want them to hang. I turned my clouds around and upside down alternately so they wouldn’t all go in the same direction.

Cut a length of string. If you know where you want your garland to go, measure that space and add a foot or two to have extra string on the sides for tying it up. Mine is 88″ long with 17″ tails on each end.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Put your garland together by threading a large needle with your string and stringing on your finished pieces. Thread through the top third of the clouds, in between the two felt pieces and in between your stitches. (If you thread too close to the middle your clouds will flip and spin around on the finished garland.)

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

For the rainbows, thread through the back white felt near the top center being careful not to poke through the colored side. It should be opposite of where the orange arch is, not the green like you see in my picture. I did it wrong at first and forgot to take another picture.

I like my ends to be extra long so that my garland can fit in multiple places but if you won’t be moving it around, you can knot loops at the end of your string for hanging.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday

Love this craft? Pin it on Pinterest to spread the word! And I’d love to see your finished garland. If you post on Instagram, tag me in a comment. (I can only see public tags so if you’re private, shoot me a DM!)

Find more rainbow crafts and free templates on my blog.

Free template to make a bright, cheerful rainbow garland. Doubles as adorable nursery decor and a fun rainbow birthday banner. #rainbow #rainbowparty #rainbowbirthday
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