Umbrellas make great favors. They also make great accessories for yourself and your bridesmaids and groomsmen (you’ve seen all of those parasol shots on Pinterest, haven’t you?). Best of all, if you customize them yourself, they’ll match your color scheme while giving your guests a lasting reminder of your special day that they can actually use.
In this post, I’ll show you how to turn a plain black umbrella into a super cute wedding accessory. And as long as you get some help from your wedding party, you can easily create enough for all of them and even your guests!
- Plain black or white umbrellas (Check Ikea or the Dollar Store for inexpensive options)
- Acrylic craft paint
- Foam paint brush
- Glitter paint
Step 1: Open your umbrella and don’t worry about the superstition that it’s bad luck. Rain on your wedding day will counteract that. Use this time to smooth out any wrinkles that may have developed over time. Then, pour a small amount of craft paint into a small dish or paper plate. Dip your foam brush into the paint and be sure to coat the entire edge. Apply the brush to your umbrella and swirl it around itself to create a circle.
Step 2: Continue painting dots around your entire umbrella. I used red for the base in this example and made all of my dots the same color but you can use different colors if you prefer. Just bear in mind that you may need a few coats especially if you’re using a black umbrella.
Step 3: Once your base circle is dry, use a smaller brush and a contrasting color paint to add smaller circles on top of your base circles. I used a golden orange. You can paint them directly in the middle of your existing circles or place them off center.
Step 4: Wait for the paint to dry then use your glitter glue to paint a spiral connecting the inner circle to the outer circle. Repeat this process for each circle. Hint: if you’re new to using glitter glue, test it out beforehand on a piece of scrap paper so that you get used to painting even lines of glue without air bubbles or large splotches.
Step 5: For a bit of added sparkle, add a small dot of tacky glue in the center of each circle. Affix a red rhinestone to the glue but keep an eye on it as it dries: gravity will drag the rhinestone down the side of the umbrella so you’ll want to add them in stages and rotate your umbrella in between to keep the rhinestones in place.
While these umbrellas look great as is, you can also wrap them in tissue paper when they dry and tie them with a bow. And although I choose circles and swirls, there are plenty of other shapes that lead to great designs: squares, triangles, straight lines, the increasingly popular chevron, or even the classic heart.
Be sure to ask your photographer to take pictures of you and your wedding party with their umbrellas and if you end up giving them to all of your guests, say cheese for the ultimate Pinterest-worthy aerial shot.