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it’s been a little dull and rainy here in LA lately (which i love), and i’ve been seeing lots of umbrellas around. i think they are one seriously underrated accessory. today we thought it’d be fun to show you how to make a stylish one of your own using wax paper, some tape, and a little paint…


what you’ll need:

• umbrellas
• craft paint that  is listed for fabric (we like martha stewart’s)
• blue painter’s tape
• wax paper
• paint brush
• circle cutter or circle punch (we like this circle cutter kit)




how to make it:

• tape a section of blue tape on wax paper.

• punch or cut a hole in the wax paper to create a circular stencil.

• pull tape off of wax paper and transfer onto umbrella in desired place and smooth down.

• paint stencil. we recommend applying two coats.

• let dry completely, then peel off tape. voila!


we used slightly larger dots for the black umbrella and just painted the inside so that the polka dots had more of a fun reveal when opened. the little pink heart we just painted by hand…it doesn’t have to be perfect!


something that is perfect…that bunch of poms on tara’s jacket!


project by: natalie shriver &  kamryn stimpson for designlovefest
pink wall photos by: kimberly genevieve
special thanks to our ban.do models ali & tara!

more DIY projects here


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    oh!! The cutest umbrellas! I loooove that accessory! Just bough a birdcage transparent one, can’t wait to use it 🙂

    Dana says:



    Cute pictures! I love the colorful one

    Lynne says:

    This is so perfect!!!! Using the painter’s tape with wax paper is genius! If you don’t have the painter’s tape lying around and you don’t want to visit two stores I thought you might be interested to know that Martha Stewart also has an adhesive stencil film available that would save you the step with the painters tape. I’ve used it before and it works great. I’ve found it right next to her paint.

    I’m going to need to buy an umbrella to do this with now!

    OMG this is super cool! And easy! Thanks os much!

    KAIT says:

    LOVE the black umbrella design!

    Chelsea says:

    I love this idea so much! Thanks for sharing Bri. The little surprise heart is such a sweet touch and it’s always a good idea to inject a little whimsy into a drab and rainy day!

    Chelsea & The City

    Ana says:

    This idea came just in time for my friends wedding. 🙂 She lives in Hamburg and you can never be sure of the weather. We already talked about getting umbrellas for the guests. 🙂

    Quinn Cooper says:

    Kind of obsessed with this DIY.
    I want to do this but put heart’s on an umbrella.
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

    Very neat idea. I love the black one…and your little animation too 🙂

    Chase @ The Smell of Summer

    kelsey says:

    most adorable post ever!
    kw, ladies in navy

    what a fantastic way to brighten up a rainy day! love this DIY!

    xo, Stefanie

    So fun ladies! What a neat idea 🙂 (loving the pink background a lot!)

    What a cute idea. I doubt mine would turn out as precise as yours, but the process looks fun!

    Ah this is adorable!!! I’ve been coveting the coral Fulton birdcage umbrella, but these are cute too!

    This is adorable!! Your D-I-Y’s are always so cute & simple. Keep them coming!!

    Amanda Marie says:

    This is perfect! Totally reminds me of Kate Spade!

    Leah says:

    This is just too good!

    Vero Palazzo says:

    I love both designs!

    Such a great idea. I have been meaning to buy a really sturdy umbrella for the random crazy windy rainy days here in Melbourne. But the only good ones are plain black so this will be perfect for making it a super cute umbrella. Thanks!! Live both the designs. Where did you find the purple wall? Xx

    such an adorable concept.
    will definitely be pinning this for a rainy day 🙂

    Vickie says:

    those are totally adorable!

    hayley says:

    cute little heart peeking out totally makes it!

    gracie says:

    I’m going to the black ones, I like that they’re inside! It’s always raining in Ireland!

    Carola says:

    I like the white one!

    Sam says:

    Love this! What a cute idea!!

    tasha says:

    OMG this is so cute!!! I totally want to make one or just buy one someone else designs

    I love the idea!! For sure that I’ll try!!

    Regards from inatrendytown.blogspot.com

    Cheryl Y says:

    I have a question, did the waterproof nature of the umbrella cause any difficulty for the paint to stick to it? I tried a very similar technique with a pair of snowboarding pants recently, and my fabric paint never seemed to stay on very well. Do you have any tips or special products that you use to make sure it stays long term? or maybe i just didn’t wait long enough for my paint to dry… hmmm.

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    Michelle says:

    I love this tutorial. How fun! Thank you for sharing.

    Liss says:

    Love it!!! I have many polka dot socks that need a match 🙂 I’m gonna make one black with yellow dot. Grear idea. Thanks

    Alexandra says:

    What a cute idea!

    Megan says:

    Too cute! I will definitely have to try this! Thanks for the idea!

    xo Megan, Lushtoblush.com

    Gorgeous, I’ll have to try this one of these days!


    meemaw crochets says:

    So cute and simple! Love it:) Need to get a navy umbrella or I can use old black one!

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    Great umbrellas. I love them, specially the black one. I think I’m going to make my own… Thank you so much for the idea… 🙂

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