Spring Umbrella

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Spring Umbrella
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

Give your rainy-day umbrella a sunny new look with this reverse stenciling technique.

What you'll need

  • Umbrella
  • Newspaper
  • Artificial flowers
  • Spray-on fabric paint in colors that contrast with the umbrella (we used Tulip brand in pink, orange, and green, available at craft stores)
  • Paper towels

How to make it

  1. Spring Umbrella - Step 1

    Set the open umbrella on a newspaper-covered work surface. Pull or cut apart the artificial flower petals and lay them on the topmost umbrella panel.

  2. Spring Umbrella - Step 2

    Hold the spray bottle at least 5 inches from the umbrella's surface and spray around the petal shapes. If the paint starts to come out in blobs, clean the spray nozzle with warm soap and water, then continue painting.

  3. Spring Umbrella - Step 3

    Remove the petals and blot them dry with paper towels. Rotate the umbrella and repeat step 2 on another panel. Continue this process until you've made your way around the whole umbrella, being careful not to smear the wet paint.

  4. Spring Umbrella - Step 4

    If you like, repeat steps 2 and 3 using the other colors (we used orange and pink paint and also gave a spritz of green). Be sure to let the paint dry thoroughly before taking your umbrella out in the rain.

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