DIY Painted Parasol

While browsing the internet for wedding thank you card ideas, I stumbled upon a photo that I immediately fell in love with.

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Amazing, huh? After seeing the photo, I had to have a photo like that. There was one little catch though: there was no way that I was going to pay over forty dollars for a painted paper parasol. So, I did what I do best, and made one for under ten dollars.

(Sorry for the terrible photo, no one was home so I had to set the camera on the fence and take a photo using the self-timer.)

For those of you who, like me, don’t want to spend forty dollars, I’ve put together a tutorial:

Supplies needed:

  • Paper parasol ($5.50 from Pearl River)
  • Photoshop or similar editing program
  • A few sheets of heavy cardstock paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Fine tip marker (I used a black Sharpie)
  • Paper paint in desired text color

Steps:

1. Using Photoshop or a similar editing program, open a new window the size of a sheet of paper (8.5 x 11). Using desired font, type thank you in a large sized font, and print onto heavy cardstock paper. (I used Champagne font, size 300, and printed thank and you separately.)

2. Cut letters from cardstock paper. This will be your stencil.

3. Using sewing pins, pin the stencil to the parasol.

4. Using a fine tip marker, outline the stencil onto the parasol.

5. Fill in the outline using paper paint (I used Crayola Craft and Paper Paint in black).

How do you plan to thank your wedding guests?

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Mrs. Spring Roll

Location:
Tampa
Wedding Date:
March 2009

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    GAprincess_22 31 posts, Newbee @ 1:07 am

    I love it! This may need to be incorporated into my plans…
    Thank you!

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    NowaMrs., Guest @ 8:45 am

    I also just took the plunge and ordered mine from iDoOriginals.com (that’s who made the one in the first picture) and I have to admit it was well worth the price, I do not have a crafty bone in my body so I wouldn’t have been able to recreate this nearly as well. Great job on yours!

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    NowaMrs., Guest @ 8:47 am

    I also just took the plunge and ordered mind from http://www.idoooriginals.com (that’s who made the one in the first picture) like kitty25kat25 and I have to admit it was well worth the price! I do not have a crafty bone in my body so I wouldn’t have been able to recreate this nearly as well. Great job on yours!

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    dmitchell08 296 posts, Helper bee @ 8:40 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! What a great idea!

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    tachee 97 posts, Worker bee @ 10:28 am

    I made a sign a while back using the font Zapfino, printed it large (like Mrs. Spring Roll did above) and then used carbon transfer paper my mom had lying around to copy it onto the wood. It saved me a lot of work, and would probably help with anyone pursuing similar projects!

    I love parasols. Oh, and I just realized about a week ago that the word means “for sun”
    para=for sol=sun
    maybe I’m just an idiot for not picking up on that sooner though :)

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    Lisa B., Guest @ 9:09 am

    I did this and it worked out perfectly! The pins really helped but I would not have thought of it myself.

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    kmattso2 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:14 pm

    Hopefully you still check your notifications from here because I have a question for you!!!

    I made mine and it turned out wonderfully!! I’m wondering if you had any problem closing yours back up. I’m afraid the paint might crack or something, so it’s been open for the last couple of weeks.

    Please let me know!

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    MapleMoose 6294 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:47 am

    Thank you for posting this tutorial!

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