Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How to paint an umbrella

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A plain old black umbrella is boring and looks old fashioned.Agree? So, Today I am going to show you how to spruce up a plain umbrella without spending much with just one basic supply - white fabric paint. It is that simple.Let's see how.

DIY umbrella painted designs

Materials Required:
Plain Umbrella
White fabric paint
White crayon(Optional)
Paint brush
Painter's tape(Optional)
Foam brush(Optional)

Step 1: Plan your design. I decided to draw a dahlia flower.I practiced how it is going to look on a piece of paper before painting it on the umbrella. To make it easier, I used white crayon and hand drew the design I planned on to the umbrella.

Step 2: Use a fine tip paint brush and paint over the traced design.

Step 3: Once the dahlia is complete. I felt something is missing so I decided to outline the umbrella.For this, use painter's tape and tape it 2 inches from the hem.

Step 4: Use foam brush and paint the outline white. It took 3 coats of paint to get an opaque look.Once it is dry, you are done. I added some decorative lines in the center to mimic a real flower and it really added a nice touch to the whole look. That is it!! You can now rock the April showers in style.

Hope you enjoyed this simple project of revamping a plain umbrella and I think you will give this project a try. Whatever plain color umbrella you have, use a contrasting color fabric paint to draw the design. There are many design possibilities.If you are design challenged, better go with geometric shapes and use painter's tape to create the design and fill it up with colorful fabric paint. It will be so cool if it is a white umbrella.

I think this project gives you the inspiration to make your own painted umbrella. Share what you think in the comments below. As always I will be happy to hear from you. Share it with your friends and tag me in any of the social media shown above if you make this project.I would love to see your creations.

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  1. This is such a great idea. I love adding some fun to a rainy day.

  2. very clever, please share your post over at

  3. Sahana this is a great upcycle. I love the design you painted on there. I have to tell you a funny story. I tried to paint over these giant Coka Cola umbrellas that I had, I was trying to hide the logo. I added paint by the bucket full but those stubborn logos would not be hidden. Finally it started to rain and the paint came off. You can imagine what an epic fail that was! Thank you for joining us over at Sweet Inspiration.

    1. Thank you Mary :) That is funny! But I tested it in running water and also tried to remove the paint manually under water by scratching it. The paint did not come off at all. I was surprised :) .

  4. Such a lovely idea to decorate your brolly - thank you for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

  5. This is such a neat idea, and your dahlia flower is so beautiful! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark - I chose your project to be one of my Features this week. Our party starts on Weds at 6am EST. Hope you'll stop by and link up again!

  6. What a nice way to customize your accessory! Super creative. Thanks for linking up at Welcome Home Wednesdays! See you tomorrow :)

  7. Sahana, you are brilliant. I love that you took an everyday, rather non-descript, but very necessary item and made it special! Thanks for inspiring me today.

    Hugs, Lynn

  8. What a terrific idea! I never thought of painting a plain umbrella up to brighten it. Thanks for sharing it on the #HomeMattersParty

  9. That looks beautiful!! I can only ever find the boring ones, so now I can make them amazing! :) #HomeMattersParty

  10. oh my goodness! I love your flower. I would not be able to draw that! You are too awesome! #HomeMattersParty

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  12. Wow, that looks amazing! I love the flower design you chose. #HomeMattersParty

  13. I never would have thought to paint an umbrella! #HomeMattersParty

  14. Pinned this! I've never thought about painting an umbrella. This is so pretty and such a good idea. #HomeMattersParty

  15. Use a fine tip paint brush and paint over the traced design.umbrella

  16. That is beautiful! I love the contrast of the black against the white. I once painted an umbrella years and years ago.. but I can not for the life of me remember what design I painted or what tools I used. #homeMattersParty