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Mending tips are key to ecofriendliness. Prolonging the life of your belongings is certainly good for the planet. But what do you do with the item at hand if it’s simply beyond repair? Enter the ubiquitous umbrella. Everyone, at some point, has had a broken umbrella. In CRAFT Volume 07, Diane Baker wrote a Recycle It DIY on giving broken umbrellas new life. She teaches us how to deconstruct an umbrella, and then how to make a backpack cover:
How to make a laptop poncho:
And how to make a drawstring bag:
She even offers tips for recycling the remainders of the umbrella! Check out this helpful DIY in our Digital Edition and then pick up your copy of CRAFT Volume 07 in the Maker Shed!

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Taryn Zychal says:

    These projects are great! I am a designer who works exclusively with broken umbrellas and their materials. My company Recycling Zychal is a Philadelphia based green softgoods company and we make functional and stylish product from broken umbrellas that I rescue and repurpose. Our current line includes custom made upcycled umbrella dog rain coats and winter coats, modern day babushkas called the HOOD and cat toys but we are expanding into making products for mom baby and home! if you would like to send a broken umbrella to me to make something for you, or just to donate, or if you would like to purchase a broken umbrella product, please go to my website,
    thank you!