umbrella inside out

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umbrella.jpg Today’s the day when Treehugger has promised to start posting the five finalists from their inspired Umbrella Inside Out contest. The idea is to make good use of all those umbrellas thrown away due to poor contruction and turn them into either a better umbrella or fashion item. Either way, the winner will be shown at an ethical fashion show in Paris.

Sidenote: When I was little, my mother read an article about a man who went around collecting broken umbrellas after rain storms and made them into kites. She got us some kite-making books from the library and the next time it rained, we walked around the neighborhood picking discarded umbrellas out of corner trash baskets. I made a bat kite from a black umbrella. She made a more beautiful, but less flyable red box kite. I don’t remember how long it took us, but I do remember many afternoons in the park flying our creations. Also, I remember the pride I felt as a child explaining to anyone who asked that we had made our nifty kites ourselves from things we picked out of the trash.

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6 Responses to “umbrella inside out”

  1. salmon Says:

    my friend eric doesn’t make clothes out of them, but he digs sad umbrellas nonetheless: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dogseat/sets/206849/.

  2. everydaytrash Says:

    you know the coolest people, thanks for the link!

  3. everydaytrash Says:

    P.S. you should consider getting him a kite-making book on his next birthday!

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  5. Anthony Lenzo Says:

    Hi
    Wonder if you can pass along or tell me where you got intrustions on how to turn an broken umbrella into a bat kite.

    Thanks
    Anthony

  6. everydaytrash Says:

    I remember taking a kite-making book out at the New York Public Library. The bat shape was an adaptation on a basic shape from the book. On how to use umbrellas, here’s a link I found online: http://www.ehow.com/how_2200082_turn-umbrella-kite.html

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