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Don't rain on my parade!
Four years ago the wind broke my enormous rainbow umbrella. I was upset, but not so upset that I put it in a bin. Oh no, I dragged it home with me, and left the rainbow fabric in my room for four years, waiting for me to find something to do with it.

Today I made a necklace from it.
Happy days.

Posted by Roma Published See Roma 's 18 projects »
  • Step 1

    Cut your umbrella (or other fabric, you can use plastic bags) up into strips. They absolutely do not have to be the same length, if they're varied lengths it's more fun.

  • Step 2

    Next take three strips of the fabric, tie them at one end and plait them together. I used three different coloured strips in each of my plaits for fun.

  • Step 3

    Whenever one of the lengths of fabric runs out, tie a new one onto the end, and continue doing this for aaaaages until you have a plait as long as you want. I think mine was 3-4 meters long in the end, but if you want something wearable then go for a bit less

  • Step 4

    When you have your long plait, tie one end to a point further along the plait, and then loop it around once more, this time bigger, and tie again, etc etc until you have used up all your strip and/or are satisfied with how many loops you have.

    (The loops have to be big enough to accomodate your head)

  • Step 5

    If you have a strip left over at the end, it's nice to tie a bow at the back. It's not particuarly functional but it looks pretty.

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Strawberry Anarchy
Strawberry Anarchy · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 57 projects
THIS IS ULTRA COOL! i walked past a broken umbrella the other day that had been abandoned in a bush! i had to go back and get it as it had the cutest black material with little hearts on it! so i got home and cut off the material! i still haven't made anything with it yet but it is great to know someone else has recycled an umbrella too! great minds think alike haha Tongue
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1432 projects
It looks fantastic and what a great idea for recycling an umbrella!
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I like, definitely. Thanks for showing!!
Maraluce M.
Maraluce M. · Rotterdam, South Holland, NL · 3 projects
That's so cool :o Great job!
Ryden · 28 projects
Nice recycling! Loving the necklace!
Zombie Soup
Zombie Soup · 12 projects
thats spectacular! I would kill for a rainbow umbrella, but my pikachu one suits me fine
Chelsea K.
Chelsea K. · Fargo, North Dakota, US · 8 projects
Dude that is so gangster! you didja make it?

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