Paper Umbrellas

These umbrellas are a fun project for the whole family. You can make them in one color or make them as colorful as the rainbow.

Younger kids can make just the umbrella while older kids can opt for a more challenging version and add the little raindrops too. This version of umbrella craft is super kid-friendly too as instead of using just the wire, we opted for pipe cleaners. 

How to Make Paper Umbrellas

What you need:

  • color papers
  • 1 light blue cardstock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • yarn
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • 1 toothpick (for applying glue)

Step by Step Instructions

Print out the circles from the template provided

Cut the circles out. For one umbrella, you can go with 9 or 10 circles.

Making the Canopy

Start by folding one circle in half. Do this for all your circles.

Then fold that piece in half too.

The end piece should look like a pizza slice.

Repeat this step with the rest of the circles.

Open the pizza slice and apply some glue in between the corners. You can help yourself with a toothpick or similar.

Then fold the piece again and press with your fingers until the glue dries or use clothespins to hold the pieces together while the glue dries. Repeat this step with the rest of the circles.

Put some glue on one end borderline …

… then glue a pizza slice on.

See the picture carefully and make sure you apply the glue on the right side so that we can open the umbrella afterwards.

Repeat this step with the rest of the slices.

Then press with your finger until the glue is set.

Put some glue on the borderline of the last pizza slice, …

… then open the umbrella …

… and connect the ends. Hold until the glue dries.

Using your fingers, widen the spaces of each pizza slice. That way we make them all equal.

Like this.

Take the pipe cleaner and carefully put it through the hole.

Your umbrella should look like this.