In the cute factor scale of 1-10, this project is off the charts! I had so much fun making these umbrellas, I was kinda bummed when I was finished!
Really? Who wouldn’t be?? I mean, who doesn’t love a project that’s easy, cute, and inexpensive to pull off?
They sent me the tape, and since I had the paint on hand, I just needed the umbrellas. I found red and green umbrellas at Job Lot for just $5.00 each and I was good to go.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
Umbrellas (Red for the Watermelon and Lime Green for the Kiwi)
Fabric Safe Craft Paint
Black Permanent Marker (This is completely optional. I used permanent marker for the ‘seeds’, but the original instructions, which you can find here, used black paint).
The original post, done over at StudioDIY for ScotchBlue™, has the complete, super-professional step-by-step instructions, so head on over there if you think you’d like to give this project a try.
The first umbrella I tackled was the kiwi. Out of the two, this one was the fastest. I pumped this cutie out in about an hour!
1 – Paint a circle at the top of the umbrella either in light green or white. You can use a paper plate to guide you or just freehand.
*Tip* The little ‘bumps’ in the spokes of the umbrella are great guides.
2 – Make some stencils with the ScotchBlue tape for the seeds. Since you will need a few, layer three or four pieces of tape on top of each other and cut through them using your Xacto knife, then carefully separate.
3 – Place three stencils in each umbrella section and using either your permanent marker or paint, paint your seeds.
4 – Now you’re almost done! Place a piece of tape around one inch from the bottom of each umbrellas section and paint brown below the tape line. Remove tape and let dry.
1 – For the watermelon, working in separate sections, run a piece of tape around 3″ from the bottom. Paint this area green. (You may find you will need to do two or three coats since the red umbrella background is a bit dark.) Let dry thoroughly.
2 – For the white, place a piece of tape along the top edge of the green section, just below the edge of the top, making sure no red is showing.
*Bonus* This step will also help to hide any potential bleeding you might have gotten from the green paint.
Place a second piece of tape about an inch above it. Paint this section white.
3 – Now for the seeds! Place the stencils in each section, working one section at a time. I followed the original instructions and painted five and then four on top as illustrated.
I love, love, love these umbrellas! I’m keeping my eyes open for a yellow or white one so I can make a couple of others that I’m thinking about.
Two important tips:
1 – To prevent potential bleeding, make sure your tape is flat against the umbrella, and don’t overload your brush.
2 – Make sure the umbrella is dry before closing!
Disclosure: Aside from the tape, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
In other news…I’m still having challenges regarding my name and Birth Certificate (remember…Dor_en?), but hopeful that I finally have gotten in touch with someone who is willing to help. Fingers crossed!
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