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.


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


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?


Mrs. Spring Roll

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March 2009
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  1. Member
    Mrs. DG 8491 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 12:08 pm

    You crafty little thing! I’m going to tackle one of the diys that you showed (ornament balls) this weekend.

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    Shay 438 posts, Helper bee @ 12:09 pm

    I had found some really cute ivory plan Thank You Cards on clearance at WalMart and plan on writting a little note to them and including a photo. Instead the standard photo of me and the Mr…we plan on taking photos with each table at the wedding and sending that as a Thank You…iDo Originals has great personalized thank you ideas…

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:11 pm

    Wow, that looks like it was a lot of detailed work! But, it’s awesome — great job!

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    Luvbug6315 425 posts, Helper bee @ 12:13 pm

    wow, that’s amazingly cute! Good job!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:15 pm

    WOW that turned out lovely! I want to do a Thank You picture too, to turn into cards… I’m just not sure how yet, but I have a little time :)

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    Natakie16 693 posts, Busy bee @ 12:21 pm

    very pretty, it looks awesome!

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    BeachBrideT 1052 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:22 pm

    Wow! That is a really cool photograph, and your DIY parasol looks great! I might have to try this!!!

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    Kristen, Guest @ 12:23 pm

    You are so crafty! I look at that photo and I say “ooh add photoshop”, and you go out and craft a parasol, heheh

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    Jeska June20 409 posts, Helper bee @ 12:24 pm

    Gosh. I am so not crafty like that. I envy your abilities!! Good job :)

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    TrostleUniversity 347 posts, Helper bee @ 12:29 pm

    OMG thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been seriously lacking in the DIY skills, but not lacking in the desire… thank you!!! :)

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    tekel4 3 posts, Wannabee @ 12:34 pm

    Very nice! I’m actually wondering if you could avoid the whole stencil aspect and just pin the wording to the underside of the umbrella, then throw a light source behind it and outline and paint the words by tracing the shadow? Not sure how thick the parasol is… But it probably wouldn’t come out as perfect as yours!

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    katherine, Guest @ 12:37 pm

    you could just take a photo with a plain parasol and then later add the thank you on the parasol in the photo in photoshop and it would pretty much look the same…

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    dorsay 2281 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:37 pm

    Nicely done! I have no idea what we’re doing…

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    Vic004 804 posts, Busy bee @ 12:44 pm

    ooh your so great at this stuff, you definitely inspired me!

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 12:58 pm

    I want to do a really cute Thank You card, but I have no idea where to start. I wanted it to be personalized, something that’s unique to me and my FI.

    I love the use of photoshop!

    Plus (I’m so frugle…) you could put that up on Etsy or Ebay now that you’re done with it!

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    Tstew 109 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:03 pm

    This is a Great idea…. I was just going to do a photo card but, now I will think about the photo…

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:06 pm

    you are so stinkin’ crafty, Spring Roll!

    way to go!

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    latte 651 posts, Busy bee @ 1:12 pm

    This project came out great!!! Good job!

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    LzzNYC 882 posts, Busy bee @ 1:15 pm

    I love love love it!!! you are so so crafty! Now I def want to try it 😉

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    ali925 112 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:59 pm

    Nice job!
    I hope all guest will love what we’ve put together…for them. Hopefully, that’ll be our way of saying “thanks”.

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    Jesso 277 posts, Helper bee @ 2:05 pm

    GREAT work!

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    Ali, Guest @ 2:09 pm

    Very cute. Our photographer provides a slideshow of wedding photos along with our album that we are allowed to make copies of to send to our guests, so I think we’ll be sending a few of those out for our thank-yous.

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    september wedding 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:10 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have been wanting to order parasols, but definitely DID NOT want to pay $40-$50 for them! Thanks again!! :)

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    tangt16 7 posts, Newbee @ 2:51 pm

    Does your photographer charge extra for you to use the picture of the two of you with the parasol as thank you cards?

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    Andie, Guest @ 2:54 pm

    that’s cool. I like that idea. I would have just left the parasol blank and added the “thank you” on the digital file of the photo using photoshop!

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    Ruby Slippers 509 posts, Busy bee @ 3:05 pm

    Damn, that is clever! Never would have thought of that! Now I wish I had! And I had a spare parasol too…

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    lette816 42 posts, Newbee @ 3:08 pm

    I am working on something similar, but rather than cutting out the letters, I had an ivory parasol and I just taped the design to the back of the parasol and traced it with a pencil. I have not yet painted it, but am going to in a day or two and I can post pics.

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    mulcmrc, Guest @ 3:22 pm

    We are planning on making a mosaic of our wedding pics and that being the ‘front’ of our thank you card. It’s a new idea so we are still figuring out the details. :-)

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 3:35 pm

    Love it! I had wanted to do this, but was too cheap to pay for one, so we didn’t end up using anything. How long would you say that took you?

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    Maggie, Guest @ 3:48 pm

    Love it! Parasol pictures are awesome! For our STDs we carved the our wedding date into the surface of 3 pumpkins and had our photo taken holding the pumpkins. Everyone loved them. So we’re doing the same thing with two pumpkins – one for “thank” and one for “you.”

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:33 pm

    This is awesome — I wish I had the time to pull it off. It’s so crafty, and it’ll make for fab photos.

    @lette816: That’s super ingenious too. I bet you could do that even with a darker parasol, so long as you shine a light directly under it. Saves a step!

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    Ms. Sapphire 340 posts, Helper bee @ 5:01 pm

    Wow, I’m so impressed with your creativity! I LOVE the idea!

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    PrettyKitty 505 posts, Busy bee @ 6:53 pm

    You are SO crafty spring roll! Love it!

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    jtg, Guest @ 7:51 pm

    Like many of the other commentators, I’m incredibly impressed that you went all out and painted a parasol, yet very confused why you didn’t save yourself the time and the agony of trying to always make certain the words “thank you” are facing the right direction by just photoshoping the picture.

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    kitty25kat25 318 posts, Helper bee @ 8:08 pm

    So, I am lazy at this point in the planning and did actually order one of those parasols that you see in the pic – you can get them from

    And to save $, I already found someone on Weddingbee classifieds who is buying it from me and I will send it to after my wedding, so we can share the costs!

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    D.Marie 2575 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:13 pm

    That is so awesome! I love reading your posts! I cant wait to see pics from your wedding! The historical mansion we are having our wedding at has post cards for sale on their website…which has a pic of the mansion on it and we’re going to use these for Thank You cards!! :)

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 9:53 pm

    that turned out so well. i love the font you chose.

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    springroll 716 posts, Busy bee @ 10:12 pm

    @tangt16: There will be no extra charge because we purchased the right to reproduce our photos.

    @Lillindy:It only took a little over an hour :)

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:42 pm

    I love this!!!!! :) You are awesome.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 12:32 am

    OMG you are so at this!! my lack of crafting dexterity means i’m gonna just photoshop my parasol! 😛 (shameless cheat, i know)

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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 (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 (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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