DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

DIY Abstract Umbrella

They always say a good friend is one that’s super honest with you, right? Well, I’m only telling you that it’s in your best interest to not even bother making this DIY abstract umbrella unless you buy some REALLY good fabric paint.

Friends don’t let friends use that cheap stuff on sale at Hobby Lobby and then walk around foreign countries pretending to act natural while paint is sloughing off. Because that’s what I did when I had grand plans of using this throughout Scandinavia for our Princess Cruises trip.

So instead, let my DIY shortcomings be a lesson to you, and just go straight for the Speedball fabric paint to avoid looking like a dumb-dumb who enjoys Pinterest too often.

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

White umbrella

Speedball fabric paints (you’ll have to mix your own favorite color combos for a custom look)

Paint brushes (foam or extra soft bristles are best for not showing brushstrokes in the paint)

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

The only battle with this DIY is nailing the right paint and perfect umbrella, so once you’ve got those it’s as easy as making up random giant shapes!

I started by spreading out shapes in all one color, let that dry, and then moved to the next.

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Then I let it set to completely for 24 hours before using. Not that it helped much since I didn’t get the right paint since it ended up just all chipping off anyways, but you know.

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

I also recommend using more saturated colors if you go for the white base like I did. It reflects so much light that it made certain colors hard to notice.

I also love the idea of painting a navy one with pastels, so I may try my hand at that since this one wasn’t my best work, haha. What do you guys think?!

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

DIY Abstract Umbrella

They always say a good friend is one that’s super honest with you, right? Well, I’m only telling you that it’s in your best interest to not even bother making this DIY abstract umbrella unless you buy some REALLY good fabric paint.

Friends don’t let friends use that cheap stuff on sale at Hobby Lobby and then walk around foreign countries pretending to act natural while paint is sloughing off. Because that’s what I did when I had grand plans of using this throughout Scandinavia for our Princess Cruises trip.

So instead, let my DIY shortcomings be a lesson to you, and just go straight for the Speedball fabric paint to avoid looking like a dumb-dumb who enjoys Pinterest too often.

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

White umbrella

Speedball fabric paints (you’ll have to mix your own favorite color combos for a custom look)

Paint brushes (foam or extra soft bristles are best for not showing brushstrokes in the paint)

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

The only battle with this DIY is nailing the right paint and perfect umbrella, so once you’ve got those it’s as easy as making up random giant shapes!

I started by spreading out shapes in all one color, let that dry, and then moved to the next.

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Then I let it set to completely for 24 hours before using. Not that it helped much since I didn’t get the right paint since it ended up just all chipping off anyways, but you know.

DIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and ClothDIY Abstract Umbrella by top Houston lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

I also recommend using more saturated colors if you go for the white base like I did. It reflects so much light that it made certain colors hard to notice.

I also love the idea of painting a navy one with pastels, so I may try my hand at that since this one wasn’t my best work, haha. What do you guys think?!

Comments

  • Ashley

    08.16.17

    Have you tried it with the other paint to make sure it doesn’t slough off?

    • Hey Ashley! Yes, the paint that I had for the navy that was good quality did totally fine, but the cheaper stuff didn’t last at all. Hope this helps! xo

  • Jenna

    08.16.17

    So Super Cute! You always amaze me with all the unique creative ideas that you come up with! LOVE IT!!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Jenna! We’re super happy with the way it turned out :) glad you love it too! xo

  • Helen

    08.17.17

    That umbrella is so cute and you definitely read my mind about the paint. I live in Portland, so it’s good to know what kind of paint will be weather resistant. I can’t wait to try this project!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    • Thank you, Helen! We definitely learned the hard way what paint is weather resistant, haha! Let us know how it turns out xo

  • Ursula Rosien

    08.22.17

    I SO need this umbrella! You are right about using the fabric paint instead or whatever cheapo paint ;) It rains so much where I live ;) LOVELY! So you :)

    • Haha we learned our lesson here, fabric paint all the way! Thank you so much for the kind words, Ursula! :)

  • Kimberly

    09.15.17

    I love fun umbrellas! They are my go to accessory. I’ve never thought of making my own, though. I absolutely LOVE how yours turned out! I can’t wait to try it on my own.

    • Yess! You so should, Kimberly. It’s really easy and a lot of fun to make! Let us know how yours turns out :)!

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