Friday, November 4, 2016

Troop Program Ideas: Lemonades Umbrella

Need a few quick activities for your next troop meeting? The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's Troop Program Ideas, published in the months between the Golden Link, gives Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop leaders fun ideas for games, songs, crafts, snacks and ceremonies to use throughout the year!

It's Fall again, and even in Texas it can get overcast and rainy. Be prepared for the rainy season with a Lemonades Umbrella!

Step 1 Start by running the painter’s tape along the side of each of the arches on the umbrella like the example in the photo to the left. The tape should extend from the edge of the umbrella all the way to the center where the ferrule is (the metal tip).

Step 2 Once you’ve taped all of the arches, paint the yellow space between the strips of painter’s tape. Once you’ve painted the entire area between the strips of blue tape, let the paint dry for 20-30 minutes.

Step 3 After you’ve painted the arches, run the painter’s tape along the bottom of the umbrella about 2-3 inches from the edge. Be careful not to tape over your freshly painted lines — you don’t want it to smudge!

Step 4 Once the painted edge of the umbrella has dried, remove the painter’s tape and get ready to use your paint brush. Take a small amount of paint and carefully paint a rounded edge in the bottom right and left corners of each panel.

Step 5 Now that you’ve had some practice painting the rounded corners on the bottom of the umbrella, use the same technique on the top corners.

Step 6 Once you’ve finished painting the first slice of the lemon on your umbrella, repeat these steps on the remaining panels. Once the paint has dried on all of the panels, your umbrella will be ready to use whenever you need it!

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