Umbrella – sweet dreams custodian

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Pre-history: Danish writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen invented Ole Lukoje – diminutive man who’s been coming at night to show children fairy dreams. First he blew to child’s back of the head and child fell asleep, and then Ole Lukoje opened umbrella up (he always was carrying 2 umbrellas underarms – one was multicolored, for very good children, and second one was plain… for the others). If umbrella was many colors then child saw very beatiful dreams all night long, if it was one color then child didn’t see any dreams. So, now we call attention to making our own Ole Lukoje’s umbrella – multicolored one, of course 🙂 You might want to hang it somewhere near your child’s bed so he would fell asleep faster and see wonderful dreams all night 🙂

Craft supplies

One paper plate (or just trace circle on any thick paper, for example poster board)


Glue gun


One round wooden stick, about 8 inches long

One small styrofoam ball (optional)

For decoration (choose as many as you want): acryllic paint (+brush), markers or crayons, ribbons, braids, laces, lace trims, stickers, rhinestones or anything else you can think of 🙂

Time needed: from 30 minutes and beyond


Find the center of the plate and mark. Now make a straight cut from edge to that point. If you wish to draw something over it, this is the best time. You can draw on the both outer or inner sides. Take both corners and wrap them over so it has umbrella-like shape. Staple or hot-glue. Decorate border with ribbons or lace trims (again, staple or hot-glue). Decorate both surfaces with stickers, glitter glue (chunky glitter glue) and rhinestones. Just remember: colorfulness of your dreams now depends on this umbrella, so be creative! 🙂 Glue one end of wooden stick inside the cone, fasten small styrofoam ball on another end (optional, for safety). You can color it with any shiny paint. Let it all dry. Now fix the ribbon loop around the handle… and guess what? It’s ready to hang near the bed to collect and show beatifull dreams.

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