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how to make a rainbow at home

Vani Bhushan, Meher Verma


You no longer have to wait for nature to take your breath away with that rare optical illusion in the sky. Make your own rainbows with any of the 4 failsafe methods below. Keep an eye out for the leprechaun who will lead you to the pot of gold.



Method 1: Scientific Approach

Difficulty Level: Advanced

One glass prism
One sheet of white paper
Strong sunlight


  1. Place the paper on the ground under the sun
  2. Put the prism on top of the paper
  3. Move the prism around until you see the rainbow on the paper
  4. 🌈



Method 2: Mirror, Mirror in a Glass of Water

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

One small/compact mirror
One large glass (large enough to hold the mirror)
A nearby white wall


  1. Fill the glass with water, a little more than halfway
  2. Place the mirror upright in the glass, at an angle
  3. Turn off any lights which are in the room
  4. Adjust the position of the glass so that the sunlight is falling directly on the mirror.
  5. Look for a reflection on the wall
  6. Adjust the angle of the mirror until you see the rainbow on the wall



Method 3: Plain Ol’ Glass of Water

Difficulty Level: Beginner

One glass of water
One sheet of white paper


  1. Put the glass of water in the sun
  2. Place the sheet of paper next to it
  3. Let the sunlight stream through the water and hope that it creates a rainbow on the paper
  4. Keep adjusting the position of the glass until you see the rainbow. Don’t give up.
  5. 🌈



Method 4: The Magic of Love

Difficulty Level: Enlightened


One close friend, family member, or loved one


  1. Put a smile on the face of a loved one by expressing your love for them
  2. See their lips form an upside down rainbow.

New Delhi, 2019


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