Chase the Rainy Days Away with this DIY Painted Umbrella (With Video!)

How to turn your boring umbrella into a work of art

Do you remember this joke?: April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? The answer is “pilgrims” for those of you skipped the third grade. Cue eye roll. Anyway – we are headed right into the rainy season as March comes to a close and winter is finally releasing its chilly, chilly grasp. It's finally time to break out the umbrellas and rain boots! Keep reading to see how to make your rain gear more personal by DIY-ing this painted umbrella (P.S. Continue Reading

Make: Cocktail Umbrella Lantern

created at: 07/21/2011

The wizards at Etsy Labs show us how to EASILY make a cocktail umbrella lantern for our next ‘outdoor soiree’, BUT it’s so cute, you’ll want to hang it INSIDE. The project is reminiscent of Heather Wells’s cocktail umbrella lamp, but this version requires less sophisticated materials. Here’s the rundown:

  • 20 to 40 cocktail umbrellas
  • a white paper lantern
  • a base for the lantern
  • light cord & bulb
  • glue gun and sticks
  • a scissors

For the entire tute, including a video, follow this jump to Etsy. Continue Reading

Sensational Sun Shade From Upcycled Umbrellas.

Crafty Crafty writes about this portico made from ‘cycled ‘brellas. “The team over at craft portal ReForm School created this giant sunshade almost entirely out of recycled brollies.
The end result was achieved by simply sewing the edges of each umbrella
together, then adding eyelets around the perimeter. It worked a treat
during a party they were throwing for fellow crafters and lent a really
festive look to the patio.”

DIYable for sure, but I bet it’ll take a bit to dial in the tension knob on the sewing machine. Continue Reading

Kyoeul Umbrella Stand Waters Your Plants.

From Inhabitat:

“Sick of rain-slicked slippery floors? Looking to take your rainwater
recycling to the next level, while simultaneously improving your green
thumb? This Umbrella Plant Pot by Kyouei Design offers a beautiful solution to the soggy umbrella dilemma, and allows
you to turn that excess, unwanted rain water into nourishment for a
plant! It’s a simple ceramic umbrella jar with an ingenious twist –
watershed from your soaked brellies collects in a pot at the bottom of
the vase to sustains a tiny potted plant.”

 

Charming, indeed, but how would such a plant get any light in the shadow of the pot itself?

Solar Powered Umbrella

Just in time to light up your warm summer nights is the solar powered umbrella. Its solar panel, which screws to the finial, powers 18 white LED lights that are fixed to the ribs of the umbrella as well as to a center hub of 8 additional LED’s. The panel charges in direct sunlight, and a full charge will provide 6 to 8 hours of light. The solar powered umbrella is available at Lowes for a very reasonable $98.83.

Umbrella Bling From Pier 1

A few years ago, if you had an outdoor umbrella, it was imperative that you decorate it with string lights. Now, thanks to Pier 1, the trend turns to embellishing your umbrella with jewelry.

These sweet baubles and bells can be clipped to just about anything–including awnings, window valances, small tree branches and, of course, umbrellas. The {new_arrivals}&fh_start_index=8″Bells come in a package of two. Continue Reading