Introduction: Happy Couple's Umbrella

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In this season it rains a lot. And when a couple is sharing one umbrella the result is wet. So  no more trying to walk arm in arm huddled under a mini brolly whilst one of you gets wet. This umbrella has a dual handle so that both of you keep dry yet it is still around the same size as a normal umbrella. It is very efficient and drags the attention as well.

Step 1: Materials

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The maine materials needed for my project were:

- 2 umbrellas (i had the blue one home so i just had to find the same umbrella in the shop. Unfortunately i couldn't find the same model in red, as i wanted but i found it in yellow - which wasn't that bad)
- 1 indoor antenna
- glue gun - it was the most used thing in the project

Other tools were used depending on the work i done :
- Screwdriver
- Drill
- Pliers
- box-knife
- Sewing tools....

Otherwise the double umbrella came up very cheap.
The umbrella costed $2 (for two thats $4)
The antenna $1.5
I had the other stuff at home so no money wasted on this.

Step 2: Disassembling Umbrellas

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This type of umbrellas' handle was made of  ball with carving  that is screwed to a plastic cap on the shaft. The cap itself is attached to the shaft with a metal pin. So what i had to do is unscrew the handle, remove the pin and the plastic cap.

Step 3: Disassebling the Antenna

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All i neede from the antenna was the plastic splitter and the metal part where the nickel plated brass dipoles are attached to the splitter. I started with unscrewing the dipoles. I took the part i needed and removed the cable.

Step 4: The Plan - First Part - the Handle

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When i had the desired parts i made an action plan. The first part was to make the handle.

1. I drill holes in the steel bits that i removed from the antenna's dipoles
2. Glue and pin them to the umbrella's shaft
3. Attach them to the splitter
4. Use one of the handles as a handle to the double umbrella.

Step 5: 1. Drilling

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Step 6: 2.Placing the Bits in the Shaft

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I wanted to use the old pin holes that used to be the plastic cap but they weren't in a proper place to use them so i had to drill other holes. After i made this i had to fix the bits in the center of the shaft's tube. For that i used 2 pieces of matches on the opposite sides of the bits and than i fill the other space with hot glue. After that i just cleaned up the access material by cutting it. The same story with the second umbrella.

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I wanted to hide the scars from the drilling and the old holes so i taped the lower parts of the shafts.

Step 8: 3. Attaching the Umbrellas to the Splitter

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Step 9: 4. Making the Handle

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For the handle i decided to use one of the umbrella's original handle by glueing the splitter inside it. Luckily the size of the splitter was just enough to to fill the handle and only few milimeters were sticking out - perfect for the desired "v" form of the umbrella's shafts. I cut out of cartboard  a round shape and stuck it to the splitter so i won't have fill the whole handle with hot glue and i started filling.

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I used tape again  for covering my work and there i had a finished handle.

Step 11: The Plan - Second Part - Double Umbrella

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After the handle was finished it was time to join the two umbrellas.
5. I had to remove a part of one rib of each umbrella, one against the other
6. Sewing the closest two rib tips,
7. Sewing the two umbrella's canopy together
8. Fixing the wrapping straps fastening.

Step 12: 5. Removing the Ribs

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The ribs were made from 3 parts. Each part was attached to the other with rivets and it was sewed to the canopy in 3 places.I unsew the canopy, removed the rivets and the last part of the ribs.

Step 13: 6. Sewing the Rib Tips

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Each tip has a hole where the canopy is sewed. I used this hole on the two tips to sew them together

Step 14: 7. Sewing the Canopy

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I used pins to fix the two canopies and than sew them.

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Because the shorten ribs were very tensed and they could rip the canopy i sew them together to reduce the tension. I sew the ribs to the canopy as well so when you fold the umbrella it stays put to the ribs.

Step 16: 8. the Fastening Straps

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I used the original straps were good enough. just when you wrap around the first one the other goes too far around away from the velcro. So i shorten the blue strap and it was ready.

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vpurcell (author)2013-12-20

PERFECT for getting babies in/out in downpours! THANK YOU!

pyromonkey (author)2011-03-27

I wish I found this sooner! This would have come in handy a couple months ago when the Mr and I were in a huge downpour. I got the umbrella, but he got soaked. Once I make one no more getting wet!! Thanks for sharing :)

hummer_head (author)pyromonkey2011-03-27

I hope this is helpful in seious rains.If not you can try a triple version (family umbrella) :)

pyromonkey (author)hummer_head2011-03-27

Cool, I will give them a shot :)

SHIFT! (author)2011-03-24

This is awesome! Even though I don't have a girl, I'd love to add some speakers to 'em for parabolic surround sound!

hummer_head (author)SHIFT!2011-03-26

i think the acustic is going to be better if the umbrellas are three. But with two looks strange imagine with three and some music - walking circus :)

Daminad (author)2010-12-20

Ili s latinica:
Mnogo originalen Instrictable! ;)

hummer_head (author)Daminad2010-12-20

Razbrah te i ot parviq pat :)~. Mersi!!
Radvam se da vidq 4e ima o6te nqkoi zabluden balgarin.

FakeHeal (author)hummer_head2011-01-03

Mnogo interesno i kreativno :) Bravo!

hummer_head (author)FakeHeal2011-01-05


maullove (author)2010-12-22

Awww, such a cute picture too!

CrLz (author)2010-12-20

Great re-design!

hummer_head (author)CrLz2010-12-21


eddles777 (author)2010-12-19

hahahah i would never use one of these with my gf in the rain, she would probably burn it from embarrasment XD plus its hard to close and impractical when you're mobile and have to put it away (getting on the bus, going into the shops etc) plus the embarrasment from people thinking you're 'special', yeah not the rain man kind, the one that everyone avoids XD

hummer_head (author)eddles7772010-12-19

Isn't that bad. You just dont care about people's opinion and go on and the folding process is just pressing two buttons and use both hands. You don't need to be a roket scientist.

eddles777 (author)hummer_head2010-12-20

hahaha it would be embarrasing though and plus itll be hard to walk on the busy foot paths in brisbane.

Great project!

Eddles777 missed the point - his girlfriend is inflatable and it doesn't really matter whether "she" gets wet.


Daminad (author)2010-12-20

Много оригинален инструкт. :)

T3h_Muffinator (author)2010-12-19

This is incredible, ingenious! Well done man!
I love the use of an old TV antenna... freaking awesome!

I expected that kind of comment for the antenna! :)
Thanks man!!!

Spaceman Spiff (author)2010-12-18


Sorry, couldn't help myself. I realize you're not from the US, but this would be a huge hit in Michigan for all those U of M fans!!! This is really cool!

chadcad (author)2010-12-18

Just curious how difficult is this to open and close compared to a single umbrella?

It looks great. Very innovative.

Now if someone could only solve the difficulty of getting into an automobile with a wet umbrella while it's raining and not getting the car soaked in the processed...

coreymill (author)chadcad2010-12-18

"if someone could only solve the difficulty of getting into an automobile with a wet umbrella while it's raining and not getting the car soaked in the processed..."

I saw someone 'invent' just such a thing. She was on the T.V. show American Inventor a few years ago. Unfortunately I couldn't find any video of her showing someone getting into a car with the umbrella online.

hummer_head (author)chadcad2010-12-18

Thanks!! Glad you like it!!
The difference is that you have to use both hands when opening or closing (as the umbrellas are not automatic you have to open them paralel or one by one, but still you do double work though :))
You gave me something to think about with the car problem by the way.

desi_kn87 (author)2010-12-13

My favorite couple!!! :)

hummer_head (author)desi_kn872010-12-13


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