Unicorn rainbow using paper flowers

If you are a Cricut lover this project is for you! This is one of the projects I created for my daughters’ unicorn themed bedroom. And what goes with unicorns better than rainbows!

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After scouring Pinterest for unicorn bedroom décor ideas, I knew I didn’t want to go for the standard unicorn head decorations. And since I’d been waiting to try out paper flowers, I decided this would be the perfect project to try them on!

I must warn you though, if you want to make this yourself time and patience is key! To put it in perspective, I made a total of 82 flowers for this size rainbow. Talk about Netflix and chill!

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Making the flowers is pretty straight forward. You’ll want to start at the outside end of the cutout and use a quilling tool (just a fancy name for a paper rolling stick) to hold the edge of the flower while rolling in towards the center.

I made a quick little video…

To make the rainbow cutout I placed the flowers in a rainbow shape and created a template using plain copy paper, which I then used to cut out of a foam board.

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To create the clouds for each end of the rainbow I printed this free clipart drawing, and cut it out to use as a template as well. I initially made larger white paper flowers for the clouds, but did not end up using them.

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I glued all the paper flowers onto the foam board cutout using hot glue. To make this process go smoothly, I laid out all the flowers and then lifted each one to permanently attach it. Between each color flower, I added acrylic paint so that the white foam board would not show through.

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I made two clouds, which I attached on each end of the rainbow using hot glue. After testing out several materials for the clouds, I settled on good ole’ cotton balls. I simply stretched each one to give the cloud a natural appearance.

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To hang this I glued a short length of twine to the back so it would hang on a nail. In total this project was very time consuming (about 5-6 hours over a few days)! But I think it was worth it knowing my girls have a substantial piece of art in the theme they wanted, and it didn’t cost a lot of money.

Let me know if you would spend the time to make this for your daughter!

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