Repurpose your broken umbrella…your kids will LOVE this!
November 20, 2012 by Heather
I’m always watching for fun, easy, and inexpensive ideas that will help me to build awesome memories with my kids, so I’m excited to be back, as a new part of HowDoesShe, to share some of these ideas with you & I hope you’ll be inspired to make some great memories with your kids, too!
Today I’m going to show you how I took a big, broken umbrella (Do you have one of those sitting around after all of these rainy May days?) and made it into something really fun for my kids to play with!
Honestly, I was ready to put it in the trash but my hubby saw more in it and after some thought, we decided it could be turned into a parachute! (Not the jump-off-a-roof-and-hope-for-the-best kind of parachute, but the hold-onto-the-edges-and-shake-it-like-crazy kind of parachute).
Here’s What You’ll Need:
1. A broken umbrella
2. Some fabric scraps & a sewing machine
3. A small, lightweight ball
(or you could make it really simple on yourself & sew some old straps from a broken bag on for handles, or even some ribbon or something like that)
Here’s What You Do:
1. Take the fabric part of the umbrella off of the metal part (dispose of the metal part)
2. My umbrella had 8 points & I wanted 4 people to be able to use it at once, so I needed 8 handles. (We tried playing with it without handles & I determined that the handles would help my 2 year old keep her grip, and make the parachute seem bigger- the umbrella I used was 4.5 feet in diameter)
3. Cut 8 strips of fabric- mine were 4.5” x 12.5” 4.
8. Sew the ends down so that you have a permanent loop (you can see how I did it above, but I am no expert, so do it however you want!) Do this for each loop.
9. Remove the little knobby things from the points of your umbrella if you haven’t already.
10. Sew the end of each loop (soon to be a handle) onto one of the points of your umbrella. I drew purple arrows to show you where my new stitching is (shown below).
Now you have a parachute! Go find some kids and a lightweight ball & have some fun!
(This was the best photo I could get you of my kids playing with it- it was such a windy day!)
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