Easy + Beautiful Rainbow Fiber Art
Updated: Sep 29, 2018
Have you seen all the fiber art people are making lately? As someone who doesn't know how to knit or crochet, most of it looks too complicated to me! This project is simple--even for young children--and looks amazing on the wall. It's also great for fine motor development. My six-year old has been making them for family and friends and is super proud of them.
You can use ropes of different thickness and the color options are endless! The project pictured above is made from yarn that has repeating rainbow stripes. Classic rainbow colors or pastel tones look awesome. We have also traded out the yellow stripe in the rainbow for gold string to give it some sparkle. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support!
Ribbon for loop on the back
Mark the cotton rope with masking tape on each end before cutting to prevent it from unraveling. I usually start with the longest section of rope (the top color on the rainbow).
Cut with a sharp knife--serrated works best for slowly sawing through the rope (I use a hunting knife). Tie the end of your yarn around the rope. Leave some space toward the bottom of the cotton rope and wrap the yarn around the rope. I usually remove the tape when I'm ready to hot glue.
I begin with the top section of rope and make the other sections by eye, periodically putting the section I'm working on against the one above it and cutting it when it looks like a good length (see photo above).
Remove the tape from the rope ends. Then, hot glue one section of rope at a time, bending to match up the ends of your rope as the glue dries. Matching up the ends of the ropes before the glue dries is key here. Hold everything in place for 30 seconds (or more depending on how much glue you applied). I make one side of the rainbow the "messy" side, placing the hot glue toward what will be the back of my rainbow. I make the line of glue go about a third of the way along the rope, let it dry and then continue glueing another third.
Tie a loop of ribbon on the back of the rainbow for hanging. We like to hang a pretty tag with the maker's name, who it's for and the year. I use a needle to attach the ribbon to the back.
Two more examples: