How to Make a Painted Umbrella
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How to Make a Painted Umbrella

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time < 1 hour

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

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How to make

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Children's Nylon Umbrella 


Cover the work surface with newspaper, and wear an apron to protect your clothes.

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.


Pain 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.

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