Toddler Activity: Coffee Filter Umbrellas

We got this adorable craft idea from Highlight’s High Five magazine and Alea immediately was begging me to do it. It’s really simple, not very time consuming, inexpensive, and not very messy– talk about the perfect craft to do with a toddler, right?


+ Coffee filters

+ Colored markers

+ Spray bottle

+ Construction paper

+ Scissors

+ Glue stick


1. Fold coffee filters in half.

2. Have your little one color away with the markers all over the coffee filters. Encourage use of all colors to create a more colorful end result.

3. Spray coffee filter with spray bottle of water until fully saturated.

4. Let dry. (We let ours dry over-night and did the second half of the craft the next day.)

5. Cut out umbrella handles from the construction paper.

6. Glue the two sides of the umbrella/coffee filter together.

7. And glue the umbrella handle to the umbrella!

Once complete, hang in the window to catch the sun’s rays and bring spring vibes! We were hoping that our umbrellas would bring an early spring to Minnesota, but so far we’ve just gotten more snow. It was worth a shot though & Alea had so much fun with this craft!

What are your favorite easy, inexpensive crafts to do with your little one? I’m always on the lookout for more crafty ideas!

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  1. says

    Oh my goodness, first of all I love the font that you used in the pics – pretty! And I wonder if I can use this in my classroom by making it educational somehow… :)

  2. says

    These are super cute! We need some spring items up around the house as we still have a huge amount of snow in our yard (in Manitoba) and are supposed to get more today grrr. Maybe if we put umbrellas up it will bring some April showers! Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    How did you dry them? I had the kids spray them in the bathtub but now I need to get them dry. Thinking of putting them on paper outside in this 100 degree weather (we’re in Arizona) but not sure. Thank you!


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