Make 2 triangles based on the size of circle punch you will use as the flaps (see later pics). I used the 1" punch... this makes my triangle base 6 inches... for 6 color panels (write your number & letter code (color on your panel) (O=orange, P=pink, B=blue..etc) on each panel (triangle section). This makes it easier when putting the puzzle back together. You then want to decide how tall your peak will be.. mine is 2.5". I then drew a line down the middle of the triangle and one inch apart from their to the left and right to the center top of the triangle. On one triangle only... cut out your panels.. you want to be pretty accurate and straight, so when you glue them all together... they all line up nicely.
I tried to take my panel to the corners of scraps.. this keeps my panel sides straight and it goes real fast this way...
This is what you'll end up with.. never mind if your top tip isn't the full length of the triangle... You can see in the second pic...
When you align them up next to each other.. the most important thing is that the bottom and sides align as perfect as possible... the top tips will be covered by an embellishment.
I adhered them to the back of their matching panel and trimmed off the excess that will show on a side.
This is how they should look as you line them up.. I only press on the circles gently in case I need to reposition the circles and adjust. Remember, align the the bottoms and sides...
Later, you can embellish the tip in order to hide any unmatched tips...
NOTE: I HAVEN'T PASTED MY UMBRELLA TO ANYTHING YET!!
Now, the final assembly:
Note: Do not put any adhesive on yet (as I show in the pic)... go to next step.
Third: Paste starting with the center panel, left or right, no difference... notice that I went over the bottom edge a little and the top as well... as long as you are centered.. you should end up straight.
Make sure to match up the bottom edge of your umbrella panels.. . you know, where the circle meets the panel so you get a straight line across... like this:
And finally, like this.....
Lastly... I made a pole just with a strip of Cardstock and adhered to the back... now you get a view from the back... notice how the pink is shorter on all sides of the umbrella... a plus is that it raises the whole umbrella so it has the effect that it's off the paper... add some dimensionals if you like for added depth.
Now, you can go to town and embellish as you like... see what I did?
I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow... please post a comment and let me know. Thanks for looking and have fun with this!
A close up