How to Make a Painted Umbrella

How to make a Painted Umbrella #MarthaStewart #KidsCraft

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The British winter weather has a tendency to be a bit grey and drizzly. However, this project from Martha Stewart will be sure to brighten up the murkiest of days.

All you need are a few fabric paints, a paint brush, a bit of artistic flare and some little helpers, and your whole family will have themselves a beautiful umbrella in no time!

Images and text courtesy of  Martha Stewart’s Craft for Kids by Martha Stewart published by David and Charles

How to Make a Painted Umbrella

Good-bye, rainy-day blues! Hello, cheerful umbrellas! These paint–it–yourself designs should put everyone in a sunny mood in no time. All you need is paint, brushes, a solid-colored nylon umbrella, and a burst of creativity.

You will need

How to make a Painted Umbrella #MarthaStewart #KidsCraft

How to make

  1. COVER the work surface with newspaper, and WEAR a smock to protect your clothes.
  2. PAINT freehand designs onto umbrella or MARK a pattern with a disappearing–ink pen before you begin. TRY a simple repeating pattern, like stripes, polka dots, hearts, stars, numbers, or letters of the alphabet. The (cloudy) sky is the limit! Once finished, LEAVE the umbrella open overnight and allow the paint to dry completely before you close it or use it.

How to make a Painted Umbrella #MarthaStewart #KidsCraft How to make a Painted Umbrella #MarthaStewart #KidsCraft How to make a Painted Umbrella #MarthaStewart #KidsCraft

Tip

Read the manufacturer’s directions on the paint before you begin: Some fabric paints require the addition of fixative; others require ironing the umbrella after painting it to “set” the design. Use a low heat setting and test the umbrella before ironing the painted portions; or iron with a press cloth over the pattern to protect the nylon.

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