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Painted Umbrella

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 12 2004


Coaxed open by raindrops, umbrellas bloom like flowers in spring. Your child can turn hers into the prettiest of them all by painting it with a fanciful pattern. It only takes a few supplies and a child-size umbrella. Give kids this absorbing activity, and on the next wet day, they can show off their handiwork in the rain.


  • Nylon umbrella

  • Paintbrushes

  • Permanent waterproof paint

  • Newspaper

  • Smock


  1. Follow the paint manufacturer's directions: Some fabric paints require the addition of fixative; others require ironing the umbrella after painting.

  2. Carefully cover the work surface with newspaper before you begin, and have your child wear a smock.

  3. Once finished, keep the umbrella open overnight; the paint must dry completely before you close it or use it.

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