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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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  • 1. M @ Colours and Beyond  |  May 10th, 2013 at 8:07 am

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

  • 2. Dana  |  May 10th, 2013 at 8:19 am



  • 3. Elba :: Live Colorful ::  |  May 10th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Cute pictures! I love the colorful one

  • 4. Lynne  |  May 10th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    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!

  • 5. Sgravalli Fashion Jewellery  |  May 10th, 2013 at 8:50 am

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

  • 6. KAIT  |  May 10th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    LOVE the black umbrella design!

  • 7. Chelsea  |  May 10th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    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

  • 8. Ana  |  May 10th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    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. :)

  • 9. Quinn Cooper  |  May 10th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    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

  • 10. Chase @ The Smell of Summer  |  May 10th, 2013 at 9:37 am

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

    Chase @ The Smell of Summer

  • 11. kelsey  |  May 10th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    most adorable post ever!
    kw, ladies in navy

  • 12. Stefanie // Life on the Squares  |  May 10th, 2013 at 9:52 am

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

    xo, Stefanie

  • 13. stephanie @BabaSouk  |  May 10th, 2013 at 10:26 am

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

  • 14. Maureen @sheismoments  |  May 10th, 2013 at 10:30 am

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

  • 15. Alexandra Pettinato  |  May 10th, 2013 at 10:30 am

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

  • 16. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings  |  May 10th, 2013 at 11:34 am

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

  • 17. Amanda Marie  |  May 10th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    This is perfect! Totally reminds me of Kate Spade!

  • 18. Leah  |  May 10th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    This is just too good!

  • 19. Vero Palazzo  |  May 10th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I love both designs!

  • 20. Alexsia Heller  |  May 10th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    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

  • 21. Molly {Dreams in HD}  |  May 10th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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

  • 22. Vickie  |  May 11th, 2013 at 4:49 am

    those are totally adorable!

  • 23. hayley  |  May 11th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    cute little heart peeking out totally makes it!

  • 24. gracie  |  May 11th, 2013 at 10:43 am

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

  • 25. Carola  |  May 11th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I like the white one!

  • 26. Sam  |  May 11th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Love this! What a cute idea!!

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

  • 29. In a Trendy Town  |  May 16th, 2013 at 2:02 am

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

    Regards from inatrendytown.blogspot.com

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    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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  • 34. Michelle  |  May 17th, 2013 at 7:03 am

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

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

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  • 40. Alexandra  |  May 21st, 2013 at 3:50 am

    What a cute idea!

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

    xo Megan, Lushtoblush.com

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


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

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