When I bought this red umbrella I knew I’d eventually want to do something extra to it but decided to wait until after my Mary Poppins outfit post. I didn’t want to overdo it or make something too busy, so I only painted the inside of the umbrella. I’m so happy with how it turned out!
Basically, all you need is a plain/solid coloured umbrella. I used this red one since I already had it, but I think a white or black one would work even better! If you’re planning on buying an umbrella for this project, I suggest planning out the colours you want to paint on it first.
The concept for making this is super easy. I bought a container of off-white Martha Stewart paint at Michael’s (but really, any kind of fabric paint could be used). I chose hearts because they are cute, a little different than polka-dots, but still something I can freehand paint. If you want to do a more ambitious design you could always make stencils out of tape!
Tip: I was worried about the paint bleeding with my freehand attempts, but as long as you use fabric paint, it seemed to be fine! Just be prepared to do at least two layers of paint on your pattern choice.
I decided to have a uniform starting point – I worked from the centre of the umbrella and painted a heart in each section. From there on I just scattered hearts around where I thought I wanted them. The pre-existing sections definitely helped to keep things relatively organized.
Tah-dah! That’s all it takes, easy as pie! One personalized umbrella done in a matter of hours (most of which is spent waiting for the paint to dry). I hope this inspires you to make a cool umbrella of your own as November rain and sleet creeps into our everyday lives.
infinite x’s and o’s