Color Wheel Umbrella

Make a color wheel umbrella to learn the basics of colors and color mixing.
Color Wheel Umbrella craft


  • White construction paper
  • Styrofoam board or cardboard
  • Play dough or salt dough
  • Plastic bottle cap
  • Wooden dowel
  • Colored drinking straw
  • Big plastic bead
  • Poster paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Compass or any object to make a circle
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Glue gun
  • Things to decorate the umbrella with: stickers, sequins, glitter glue, craft foam shapes

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Color Wheel Umbrella 1. Draw a big circle on white construction paper approximately 1 ft. in diameter.
Step 2 Color Wheel Umbrella 2. Divide the circle into seven equal wedges by drawing lines radiating from the center. Now you have something that looks like a wheel (or a pizza).
Step3 Color Wheel Umbrella 3. Cut out the wheel. Make a slit following one spoke of the wheel, all the way through the center.
Step 4 Color Wheel Umbrella 4. Fold one wedge adjacent to the slit inwards. Your wheel now looks like a pizza missing a slice.
Step 5 Color Wheel Umbrella 5. It's time to paint your wheel. Prepare six colors: the three primary colors red, yellow and blue; and the three secondary colors orange, green and purple. You can use ready-made paint or you can mix your own secondary colors.
Step 6 Color Wheel Umbrella 6. Paint your color wheel using the six colors in your palette. A real color wheel will have the colors in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Did you notice that these colors are also the colors of the rainbow?
Step 7 Color Wheel Umbrella Ask for an adult's help.7. Use a dowel for the umbrella's handle or connect two sticks by taping them together on one end.
Step 8 Color Wheel Umbrella Ask for an adult's help.8. Use a glue gun to anchor one end of the stick inside a plastic bottle cap.
Step 9 Color Wheel Umbrella 9. Fill the bottle cap with play dough, clay or salt dough. This helps secure the stick in place.
Step 10 Color Wheel Umbrella 10. Insert a colored drinking straw through the dowel, all the way through the dough-filled bottle cap. Stretch the scrunchy part of the straw if it has one.
Step 11 Color Wheel Umbrella 11. Cut out a 5-inch diameter disk from Styrofoam board, card board or box board. Punch a small hole at the center.
Step 12 Color Wheel Umbrella Ask for an adult's help.12. Insert the tip of the dowel through the center of the disk and slide the disk down until it reaches the top end of the drinking straw.
Step 13 Color Wheel Umbrella 13. Once dry, decorate your color wheel with stickers, glitter glue, sequins or small craft foam shapes. You can also draw on it if you like.
Step 14 Color Wheel Umbrella 14. Unfold the unpainted wedge of your color wheel. Apply glue on the entire surface of this wedge.
Step 15 Color Wheel Umbrella 15. Turn your color wheel into a cone shape by overlapping the unpainted wedge behind the wedge adjacent to the slit .
Step 16 Color Wheel Umbrella Ask for an adult's help.16. Insert the tip of your umbrella handle through the apex of the color wheel cone. A small part of the dowel should protrude from the top of the umbrella. You can trim the dowel if it's too long.
Step 17 Color Wheel Umbrella Ask for an adult's help.17. You may insert a big bead or a small ball of clay/play dough at the protruding tip of the dowel.