Introduction: EZ-EL Wire Green Children's Light Up Green Umbrella Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Here's a children's umbrella lined with neon green EL wire.  It's definitely an easy and fun project for kids to do with their parents, and more importantly, it keeps the little mischiefs safer if they're out and about on rainy days.

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1. Clear Umbrella
2. 30' of EZ-El Wire
3. Opaque Zipties
4. Clear Packaging Tape
5. Green and Brown Felt
6. Needle and Thread
7. Quilt Stuffing
8. Scissors
9. X-Acto Knife

Step 1: Start at the Handle

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Start the wire near the handle of the umbrella, where the inverter will go, and move up the shaft to the neck. At the neck, tape the EL wire to it by wrapping tape around the shaft and wire. 

Step 2: Taping Wire to the Edge

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At the end of the spoke, tape the wire across the edge of the umbrella. You can also zip tie the wire to the spoke for added security and strength.

Step 3: Looping Around the Neck

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Tape EL wire down the next spoke over using the same technique as used in Step 2. At the top of the umbrella, loop the wire around the neck. Then tape the EL wire back up the same spoke towards the edge. Tip: Make sure to leave enough slack in the loop to allow the umbrella to close properly.

Repeat Steps 2-5 for the entire umbrella till all the spokes have EL wire attached.

Step 4: The Turtle: Cutting Out the Shapes

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Now cut out the shapes for the turtle. Cut out: 5" brown felt circle, 4" green felt circle, x4 4" quilt stuffing circles, x4 legs, and 1 head.

Step 5: Place Turtle Pieces Together

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Place the pieces on top of one another in this order: Brown felt, 2 pads of quilt stuffing, legs and tail, 2 more pads of stuffing, and then the green felt.

Step 6: Sew Together

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Sew all the pieces together making sure you sew the legs and tail as well. Also sew the head to the bottom of the turtles shell. Make sure to leave a hole near the head large enough for the inverter to slip into the turtle.

Step 7: Make a Slit

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Make two slits on the belly of the turtle to allow it to slide onto the handle of the umbrella.

Step 8: Enjoy!

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Slip turtle onto handle. Connect the inverter. and Enjoy!

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ezelwire (author)2012-06-26

Thanks for the positive feedback everyone!

beenu (author)2012-06-26

its so cool
very well

(^__^) (author)2012-06-25

very creative, and yet so simple, way to go!

themoose64 (author)2012-06-23

very cool looking!

BrownDogGadgets (author)2012-06-23

Well, isn't that the most simple and impressive looking way of doing things. Nice!

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