Our Favorite Rainbow Crafts to Make in Honor of Pride Month
Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community during this time—and beyond—with these bright, meaningful projects.
Pride Month, which is celebrated in June each year, is an opportunity to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual community and commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which took place on June 28, 1969, in New York City. As a symbol of pride, you will often see a rainbow flag at events and celebrations held during the month, and this too has additional meaning. Gilbert Baker, an artist, designer, Vietnam War veteran, and drag performer, first designed the flag's colors in 1978 to symbolize togetherness, as people of all races, genders, and ages make up the LGBTQ+ community, and everyone is natural and beautiful just like a rainbow. The original flag included eight colors: Pink represented sex, red stood for life, orange meant healing, yellow embodied sunlight, green symbolized nature, turquoise signified art, indigo conveyed harmony, and violet highlighted spirit.
To make your own rainbow creation in honor of Pride Month, we have gathered an array of colorful DIY projects you can put together with your loved ones, starting with a memorable backdrop for your events. With a balloon arch or a full-on balloon wall, you can have perfect rainbow décor that can double as an area for a photo op.
You can also make summer-centric rainbow crafts, which are fun and meaningful ways to spend time with family and friends this June. Take rainbow seashells, for example. This project is made complete with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food coloring mixed with vinegar to make each vibrant shell. If you would like another idea on deck for any festivities you have planned, consider crafting a floral display in a range of colors. We recommend filling a vase with anemones, poppies, sweet peas, thistle, snap dragons, ranunculus, roses, olive, delphinium, and baby blue eucalyptus to symbolize the rainbow in the arrangement.
Looking for other projects to work on in honor of Pride Month? Stay tuned. Here, we're sharing our favorite rainbow-themed crafts that you can make to symbolize togetherness and solidarity during Pride Month and year-round.
If you're planning a gathering in honor of Pride Month, amp up your decorations with this rainbow-hued balloon wall. As a general rule of thumb, place about two to three balloons per foot of wall space. With our visual guide, you will be able to follow along to create each "layer" of the rainbow wall. To make yours eco-friendly, consider using biodegradable balloons.
Rainbow Treat Carrier
If your little ones will be collecting candy at the Pride drive-by parade, give them this do-it-yourself treat carrier to tote around. They're easy to make at home: All you need is a large cardboard box, a piece of poster board, and Roy G. Biv paints.
We love elegant and vibrant floral arrangements for any occasion, but they're especially well-suited to Pride Month festivities. Consider displaying your favorite florals in monochromatic hues, crafting six distinct arrangements to represent each color of the rainbow. Another option is to combine all blooms in a rainbow shade together, like the centerpiece pictured here. This flower-filled vase features anemones, poppies, sweet peas, thistle, snap dragons, ranunculus, roses, olive, delphinium, and baby blue eucalyptus.
Paint butterflies and leaves in all shades of the rainbow to create a stunning wreath worthy of hanging on your front door. Paper-thin metalworking sheets make it easy to spread your crafting wings—simply snip out shapes using our templates, then bend and paint them to create a kaleidoscope of color. The décor also comes together in just four steps. A stylus will come in handy to make these butterflies and leaves look even more authentic. Apply a coat of craft paint to complete the process and let the pieces dry for an hour.
Hot Air Balloon Decorations
Allow your imagination to take flight as you create these decorations. These rainbow-colored balloons are made to look like they're floating in mid-air. We used one template to cut, fold, and hang a batch of these easy-to-make paper decorations. To craft your decorations faster, make the balloons in bulk. Place the template on a sheet of cardstock, and trace as many as will fit onto the sheet—this will save time and paper.
Nothing sets the stage for a meaningful party with loved ones quite like a showstopping backdrop for a fun photo op—this cheerful creation is a great option. Celebrate during Pride Month and beyond by piecing together balloons in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple hues along with white additions at the end to mimic a real-life rainbow with a cloud. This design is about 14 inches wide and five feet tall and will double as decoration for your celebration.
Quilting is another great way to make a beautiful rainbow piece to accent your home, give to a family member, and, most importantly, show a simple of pride. There are several ways you can make a quilt. One of our favorites? Piecing together a patchwork quilt. These steps include cutting out pieces (include rainbow squares), sewing together patchwork, quilting the patchwork to batting, adding trim, attaching batting, and tufting the layers to complete the project.
A rainbow candle display will illuminate any intimate get-together with friends and family in honor of Pride Month. Our best practice, depending on the make of your candleholder, is to spray paint the vessels into the red, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple hues. Start by standing wooden candlesticks on newsprint outside. Spray-paint all around, and then let them dry for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then flip them upside down and spray-paint again and let them dry overnight.
Crocheting a colorful blanket will be the perfect keepsake to pass on to loved ones. While making a rainbow blanket can seem like an intricate process, crocheting essentially includes these steps: tying a slip knot, making a chain stitch, making a single crochet, turning chain, creating a foundation ring, double crocheting, joining new yarn, and finishing by threading a large needle with a big piece of yarn. With some practice, you will be able to create this rainbow piece in no time.
Gather your finds from your last seaside adventure to create a myriad of colorful dyed seashells. All of your loved ones can get in on this fun craft to make a rainbow out of the keepsakes at home. Best of all, the process couldn't be easier. If you've ever dyed an Easter egg, you're already well-equipped to dye a seashell. You will simply dip the shells in dye mixture made of food coloring and vinegar.
Wool roving easily gets transformed into a rainbow heart garland, which will be perfect to adorn your walls for an intimate Pride Month party. The needle-felt technique is necessary for this simple project. Plus, there are just a handful of materials you will need to make this garland: a felting needle tool, wool roving (make sure to have half an ounce of each color in the rainbow), a needle-felting mat, an embroidery needle, and cotton twine.