This craft is a crafty way of mixing colours using light and shadows! This is a fun approach to colour theory and younger children will learn the colours of the rainbow. Explore which colours are warm and cold and experiment with colour mixing. Use your completed craft, which is basically paper frames and coloured tissue paper as a science experiment by using it with a light source. The primary colours will create the secondary colours by putting two primary colours together over the light. You can make colourful shadows or use them over a window as you would a suncatcher. It’s not the typical way to mix colours together.

You can also tell stories while you display the colours on to the wall. Make it fun for kids by having them use the flashlight to shine the colours themselves.

There are a few options as to how you can view your tissue paper disks, either in the dark with a flashlight or up against a sunny window or on a light table, You decide what is best or try all of the options.

This craft is easy to make but will leave you with hours of fun. You can get creative with your colour theory circles by creating different shapes because it doesn’t have to just be a circle, you can make squares, rectangles, hearts, triangles. etc.

You may also want to make all of the colours of the rainbow, to see why the secondary colours don’t work together the way the primary colours do. The ins below are for the primary colours only, but you may want to try making all of the colours to experiment with.




  1. coloured card-stock or construction paper.

  2. paper fastener

  3. pencil or pen

  4. scissors

  5. single paper hole puncher

  6. a circle stencil - or a mason jar lid

  7. a glue stick

You will also need a flashlight to create colour theory shadows or a sunny window to create a coloured light theory sun-catcher.


1. Lay out the paper - primary colours (yellow, blue and red), or make the frames any colour you want.

2. Trace a circle onto each coloured paper using a stencil or jar lid, and another slightly smaller circle inside of it half an inch apart. Add half a circle at the bottom of the bigger circle for the paper fastener.

3. Cut out each circle template that you made on each coloured paper. Cut the larger circle out, then fold the paper in half to cut the middle circle out.

4. Cut coloured tissue paper to fit onto the back of the coloured circles, matching the primary colours to their corresponding frames that you just cut out. If you made the frames one colour, glue each primary colour on each frame. The most impor step is using coloured tissue paper in primary colours - red, yellow and blue.