Needle Felting is such a fun craft for kids and you to have a go at.

We first started with some simple needle felted hearts when my kids were just preschoolers and have continued to try different techniques.

This needle felted rainbow is a beginner project for kids or you try and ideal for spring or St Patrick’s Day.

So here you go our tutorial on how to make a needle felted Rainbow.

Beginner Needle Felting Step by Step Rainbow Tutorial

Check out over on Red Ted Art where we share how to make the needle felted shamrock that you can see in the image above

Needle Felting

Needle felting is a relaxing and calming craft.

The stabbing action is repetitive and you or your child may find that you need to do this in small stages at first because of this.

To get started you really don’t need much equipment.

Below the instructions, you will find our recommended buys for a needle felting starter kit if this is something that you would like to do with your kids as well.

When you first start out a good way to avoid too many punctures to your fingers is to use a cookie cutter to get the basic shape.

Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.
Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.
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How to Make a Needle Felted Rainbow

A beginner needle felting project for kids and you to create a colourful rainbow and cloud.
Active Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Author: Cerys Parker

Instructions

  • Start with red and lay it out in your cookie cutter.
  • Then stab it to start to felt it together.
    Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.
  • Once the strands have started to come together remove the cookie cutter and work on it on your needle felting mat.
    Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.
  • Send the needle in at an angle so that the barbs start to felt the wool.
  • Work along the top edge and then the bottom edge – shape an arc as you move across the bottom by bending the red and poking the needle in following the arc that you want to create.
  • Continue felting the red until you have a fairly solid arc of red. This can take some time but you will find that once it starts to come together it will become quicker and quicker.
  • Don’t reach the point where the felt is solid as we will come back and complete the felting of the whole rainbow at the end.
  • Take your orange wool and place over and into a sausage around the bend of the rainbow.
    Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.
  • Needle felt this into place – start with the edge connected with the red and secure this by felting through the orange and red.
  • Then turn your rainbow and felt into the orange along the arc.
  • Repeat steps 8 – 10 with the yellow, then green, then blue and lastly violet wool.
  • As you go neaten the ends needle felting them together.
    Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.
  • Continue to felt your rainbow until you can feel the felt and the needle is harder to remove.
    Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.
  • To create the cloud take some white wool and form a basic cloud shape.
    Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.
  • Felt it by inserting the needle in and pulling it out.
  • To create the bumps on the cloud focus your needle into specific areas and stab these closer together to form the dips between the bumps.
    Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.

Notes

You can finish off the Rainbow by adding a brooch pin to the back and sewing it into place or even hot gluing a magnet to create a fridge magnet of your rainbow.
 
Step-by-step guide to creating a simple needle felted rainbow ideal as a beginner project and perfect for some spring or St Patrick's Day inspired crafting.

Your Needle Felting Starter Kit

Looking to start needle felting and inspired by this project and how simple it looks then here’s our basic equipment recommendations to get you started.

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It is a good idea to buy a selection of wool roving to get you started this means that you have lots of different possibilities of what to make. We love this pack as there are so many different colours and it is reasonably priced as well.

A needle felting mat is essential as it protects your surface there are lots of different varieties that you can buy but we prefer this sort.

Without fail as you do this project or others you will blunt or break your needles so a set with multiple needles is essential. This is the one that we buy to stock up on.

needle felted shamrock and rainbow

More Needle Felting Projects for Beginners

Want to get started but not sure where to begin then check out these easy projects for beginners.

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needle felted penguin ornament for the tree
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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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