Paper Umbrella Craft for Kids – a Fun Rainy Day Idea

Rainy days call for an paper umbrella craft! This cool project is suited for older kids as it does require quite a bit of patience and skills – but it’s a really fun one as this umbrella opens up and closes just like an actual umbrella. How cool is that?

This craft for kids will be loved by all who love making origami – lots of folding is involved.

Paper Umbrella Craft for Kids - fun paper craft for kids

*this post contains affiliate links*

Guys, you probably know Mary Poppins, the lady that flies with an umbrella? We came across that story in the library today and got the idea to make this umbrella project.

We will show you how to craft a summer umbrella that will protect us from the sun as we make sand castles on the beach.

Make a Paper Umbrella Craft

Plus it opens and closes and that makes this umbrella super special.

Make a Paper Umbrella Craft

You won’t need many supplies for this project, but younger kids will need assistance from a grown up or an older sibling.

Make a Paper Umbrella Craft

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

DIY Paper Umbrella Craft

How to Make Paper Umbrella Craft

What you need:

  • 3 A4/letter size color papers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • wooden stick

Materials Used

Let’s start!

Step by Step Instructions

The Biggest Umbrella Canopy

Fold the paper so you make a square …

Step 1

… and cut off the excess.

Step 1-1
When you open the square paper you will notice two triangle shapes, one on the left side, the other one on the right side.

Step 2

Now fold the paper …

Step 2-1

… to form another triangle.

Step 2-2

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

Step 2-3

Fold the paper in half to form a rectangle shape.

Step 3

Unfold the rectangle.

Step 3-1

Then repeat this on the other side too.

Step 3-2
Unfold it again, … 

Step 4

… and form a smaller square shape by folding two opposite squares inside.

Step 4-1

To get a square like this one.

Step 4-2

This step includes 4 triangle folds.

Start by folding a triangle, …

Step 5

… then open it…

Step 5-1

… and fold it inside.

Step 5-2

Reverse the crease.

Step 5-3

Fold it together.

Step 5-4

Repeat this step with the other three sides.

Step 5-5

And continue all the way to the last one …

Step 5-7

… where you should have a kite-like form left.

Step 5-8

Now we start folding 8 smaller triangles, 2 on each side.

Step 6

Press firmly …

Step 6-1

… to get a really nice fold.

Step 6-3

And continue …

Step 6-4

… making your triangles.

Step 6-5

Press each one well with your fingers.

Step 6-6

Step by step…

Step 6-7

… one by one …

Step 6-8

… all the way …

Step 6-9

… to the very last one.

Step 6-10

Fold a triangle, fold reverse it inside, repeat.

Step 7

All the way round …

Step 7-1

… until it looks like this.

Step 7-2

The Inside of the Umbrella Canopy

Take another paper and repeat these 7 steps.

Step 8The Top Part of the Umbrella Canopy

Continue your project by folding the paper so you make a square …

Step 9

Cut off the excess.

Step 9-1

When you open the square paper you will notice two triangle shapes, one on the left side, the other one on the right side.

Now fold the paper to form a triangle again.

Step 9-2

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

Step 9-3

Fold the paper in half to form a rectangle shape.

Step 10

 Open it and cut following the line.

Step 10-1

Fold the paper and cut off the excess …

Step 11-1

… to get a smaller square.

Step 11-2

Open the square and fold the paper to form a triangle.

Step 12

Open the square and notice the 4 triangle shapes.

Step 12-1

Fold the paper in half to form a rectangle shape. 

Step 12-2

Unfold the rectangle …

Step 12-3

 … then repeat this on the other side too.

Step 12-4

Unfold it again…

Step 13

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

Step 13-1

Repeat all the steps from before to finish the top umbrella canopy part.

Step 13-2

Preparing the Canopy Parts

Take the smallest kite and cut following the line.

Step 14

Cut out the top, make a tiny hole.

Step 14-1

Take one big kite, cut out the bottom part following the line, …

Step 15

… and cut out the top as well.

Step 15-1
Take the other big kite, mark a line 1cm above the existing line as shown on the picture …

Step 16

… and cut it off.

Step 16-1

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

Step 17

Cut following them. You should leave space between them, so be careful not to cut through them completely.

Step 17-1

The cuts should look like this.

Step 17-2

You’ re ready to continue.

Step 17-3
Open all of the 3 papers.

Step 18
We will start working with the last kite.

Step 19

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

Step 19-1

Reverse all of the triangle creases.

Step 20

In the end, you should get a lemon squeezer like shape.

Step 20-1Flip it over.

Step 20-2

Start folding each edge inside the lemon squeezer shape.

Step 21

Until you get to this step.
Step 21-1

The side view of your umbrella part should look like this.

Step 21-2

When you finish that, open the paper again.

Step 21-3

Cut off the top of the lemon squeezer …

Step 22

… and make a tiny hole. These are your finished paper umbrella parts now.

Step 22-1

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

Step 23

 … and glue it on the bigger one (the big canopy part).

Step 23-1

Apply some glue on the outside of the lemon squeezer …

Step 24

… and glue it inside the bigger umbrella.

Step 24-1

Put the wooden stick through the umbrella holes.

Step 25

Making the Runner and a Spike

Cut out three paper stripes.

Step 26

Spike

Put some glue on one of them and wrap it around the top of the stick to secure the umbrella when opening.

Put some glue under that paper wrap and glue the at the top of the umbrella.

Let the glue dry.

Step 26-1

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

Step 27-1

Your umbrella should now look like this.

Step 27-2

The Runner

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

Step 28

Let the glue dry.
Step 29
Press the tip of the lemon squeezer with your fingers and apply some glue on it.

Step 29-1

Be careful not to put glue over the stick.

Step 30

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

Step 30-1

Start wrapping it around the stick.

Apply some glue on the rest of the stripe then and finish the wrapping.

Step 30-2

Let the glue dry completely.

DIY Paper Umbrella Craft

All done!

Make a Paper Umbrella Craft
Hope you find this project amusing.

Make a Paper Umbrella Craft

Have fun playing with this super duper paper umbrella craft and stay tuned for more jolly crafts!

Make a Paper Umbrella Craft

Make paper umbrella craft in as many colors as you like.

Make a Paper Umbrella Craft

And enjoy making a lot of paper umbrella craft!

Paper Umbrella Craft Idea

 

Unlock VIP Printables - Become a Member

Become a member of Easy Peasy and Fun membership and gain access to our exclusive craft templates and educational printables. With brand new resources added on weekly basis you will never run out of fun things to make with your kids (either as a parent or as a teacher).
shares