Paper Umbrella Craft for Kids – a Fun Rainy Day Idea

Rainy days call for a paper umbrella! This cool project is suitable for older children as it requires some patience and skill, but is so much fun as this umbrella opens and closes like a real umbrella. How cool is that?

Anyone who likes origami will love this children’s craft as it requires a lot of folding.

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Folks, you probably know Mary Poppins, the woman who flies with an umbrella? We came across this story at the library today and got the idea to do this general project.

We will teach you how to make a summer umbrella that will protect us from the sun while we build sandcastles on the beach.

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It can also be opened and closed, which makes this umbrella very special.

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You won’t need many materials for this project, but younger children will need the help of an adult or older sibling.

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This can be quite a difficult project so be sure to follow all the steps and watch the video.

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How to craft with a paper umbrella

What do you need:

  • 3 sheets of A4/Letter sized colored paper
  • scissors
  • the glue
  • wooden stick

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Let us begin!

Step by step instructions

larger canopy

Fold the paper into a square…

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…and cut off the excess.

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When you open the square paper, you will notice two triangular shapes, one on the left and one on the right.

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Now fold the paper…

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…to form another triangle.

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When you open the square paper you should now have 4 triangular shapes.

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Fold the paper in half to form a rectangle.

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Unfold the rectangle.

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Then repeat this on the other side as well.

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open it again…

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…and make a smaller square by folding two opposite squares inwards.

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To get such a square.

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This step involves 4 triangular folds.

Start by folding a triangle,…

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…then open…

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…and collapse.

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Reverse the fold.

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Fold it up.

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Repeat this step with the other three sides.

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And on to the end…

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…where you should have a kite shape on the left.

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Now let’s start folding 8 smaller triangles, 2 on each side.

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Press hard…

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…to get a very nice crease.

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And follow…

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…do your triangles.

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Press each well with your fingers.

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Step by step…

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… One after the other …

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… all the …

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…until the last moment.

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Make a triangle, fold inside out, repeat.

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All over…

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…until it looks like this.

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The inside of the canopy

Take another sheet of paper and repeat these 7 steps.

*The top of the canopy.

Continue your project by folding the paper into a square…

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Cut off the excess.

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When you open the square paper, you will notice two triangular shapes, one on the left and one on the right.

Now fold the paper back into a triangle.

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When you open the square paper you should now have 4 triangular shapes.

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Fold the paper in half to form a rectangle.

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Open it up and cut along the line.

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Fold the paper and cut off the excess…

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…to get a smaller square.

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Open the square and fold the paper into a triangle.

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Open the square and look at the 4 triangular shapes.

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Fold the paper in half to form a rectangle.

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Unfold the rectangle…

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…then repeat this on the other side as well.

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open it again…

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…and form a smaller square by folding two opposite squares inwards (like you did the previous square with the green one in the previous steps).

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Repeat all of the above steps to finish the top of the umbrella.

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Preparing the canopy parts

Take the smallest kite and cut along the line.

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Cut off the tip, make a small hole.

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Take a large kite, cut off the bottom part along the line,…

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…and also cut off the top.

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Take the other big kite, mark a line 1cm above the existing line as shown in the photo…

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… and cut it.

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Look carefully at the picture and mark two lines, starting from the middle.

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Cut after them. You should leave some space between them, so be careful not to cut them all the way through.

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The cuts should look like this.

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You are ready to proceed.

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Open the 3 papers.

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We will start working with the last dragon.

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Start folding the paper between the triangles as shown in the picture.

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Reverse all the folds of the triangle.

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You should end up with a lemon squeeze mold.

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give it back

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Start folding each edge into the shape of a lemon squeezer.

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Until you get to this step.
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The side view of the umbrella part should look like this.

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When you’re done, open the paper again.

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Cut off the top of the lemon squeezer…

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…and make a very small hole. These are now your finished paper umbrella pieces.

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Apply some glue to the inside of the smaller umbrella (the top of the umbrella)…

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…and stick it on the largest (the big part of the canopy).

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Apply some glue to the outside of the lemon squeezer…

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…and glue it inside the larger umbrella.

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Insert the wooden stick into the holes in the umbrella.

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Do the runner and a tip

Cut three strips of paper.

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Apply glue to one of them and wrap it around the top of the stick to secure the umbrella when you open it.

Put some glue under this paper sleeve and stick it on top of the umbrella.

Let the glue dry.

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If the wooden stick is too long, cut off part of it.

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Your umbrella should now look like this.

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The corridor

Put some glue on the second strip of paper and wrap it around the end of the wooden stick.

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Let the glue dry.
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Press the end of the lemon squeezer with your fingers and apply glue to it.

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Be careful not to get any glue on the stick.

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Put some glue only on the edge of the third strip of paper and stick it on the lemon squeezer.

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Start wrapping it around the stick.

Then apply some glue to the rest of the strip and finish wrapping.

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Let the glue dry completely.

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Finished!

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I hope you find this project fun.

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Have fun playing with this awesome paper umbrella craft and stay tuned for more fun crafts!

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Make paper umbrellas in as many colors as you like.

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And have fun crafting lots of paper umbrellas!

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