How to Make Watercolor Umbrella Cards

Have you been getting a lot of rain where you live? We were inspired by recent spring rainfall and the beautiful colors of the flowers blooming around us to create these watercolor umbrella cards based on the books Dear Girl, and Dear Boy, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal. These two books are full of kind words to remind your special girl or boy just how wonderful they are.

These cards are not only a wonderful weekend craft project to do with your child, but they’re also sure to make whomever you send these cards to smile as well.

Supplies:

  • Card stock (for cards) — you can use any card stock or blank card, but we used watercolor paper
  • Card stock (for umbrella)
  • Watercolor paint and brush
  • Fine point marker
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • clothespin (optional)

Instructions:

1. If you aren’t using a pre-cut blank card, cut your card stock into a card shape. Then cut your colored card stock into a rectangle, the placing the long side in front of you, fold it back and forth into a fan shape.

2. Fold the fan shape in half, and then join the center together with glue (see photo). We found it best to clip clothespins over the two sections until the glue dries.

3. Sketch your boy or girl onto the card, along with heart-shaped raindrops, and the handle for the umbrella. While we used the Dear Boy, and Dear Girl, characters, your kids can draw their character however they wish. They can even draw themselves!

4. Now you’re ready to paint. Don’t forget a cup of water for your watercolor paints. Once you’ve finished painting, set your card aside until it’s completely dry.

5. Now you’re ready to attach your umbrella! Using the center fold of your fan, line it up with the fold of your card. Once you’ve figured out where to lay it, put some glue along the side touching the card and press it down until it sticks.

Don’t forget to send your card to someone special to make their day a little bit brighter. While we filled the space with hearts, you don’t have to draw as many or any at all! Instead, use the space to write down your favorite things about the other person or what makes them special.

Let us know who you would wish to send a card to once you make one!

Featured Books

Dear Boy,

Paris Rosenthal teams up with her father, Jason Rosenthal, the author of the Modern Love article “My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me,” to bring you the heartwarming and inspirational Dear Boy,.

Dear Boy, is an open love letter to the special boy in your life. Boys, too, need a gentle reminder that they are cool, clever, compassionate, and one of a kind.

With the same tenderness as Dear Girl,, Paris and Jason’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations will make any boy reading this book feel that he’s amazing just the way he is — whether he’s offering a helping hand, singing in a choir, or reaching for the stars!

Dear Girl,

Dear Girl, is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life; a gentle reminder that she’s powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world.

Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she’s great just the way she is — whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on table tops.

Dear Girl, encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are — inside and out.