Are you looking for a fun fall craft for kids? Why not make something useful? The kids had such a fun time when they had the chance to participate in this fun in this activity – decorate your own umbrella. They also came home and reported that kids at school really wished they could make their umbrellas too, so I’m pretty sure this would be a popular craft with a lot of kids.
My girls are funny with their umbrellas. They want to use them all the time – even when it’s not raining. You might be wondering what age is appropriate for this craft. My youngest daughter was 5. I wouldn’t recommend it for children younger than that age.
Materials & Decorations Needed to Decorate Your Own Umbrella
White Umbrella (affiliate link added for your convenience)
Elmer’s Painters Opaque Paint Markers, Set of 5 Markers, Neon Colors – other colors are available too (affiliate link added for your convenience)
I had a fear that the Elmer’s painters wouldn’t work after being exposed to water on the vinyl material, but we live in Seattle, and we have used the umbrellas over and over with no problems. Elmer’s site says you can ” use on wood, plastic, clay, ceramic, glass, metal, foam board, fabric, terracotta and more!” Pretty cool. We have used these Painters before to make plastic water bottle fish. To decorate your own umbrella, shake the paint pens as directions say. Then, just begin drawing. My daughters would put their hands on the other side of the umbrella to use it as a hard surface to make coloring easier (shown below).
I hope your kids love making their own fabulous umbrellas. When kids can have ownership over their accessories, it helps them express themselves in fun ways. I kind of wish I had ordered a third umbrella so I could make my own.