Do you remember this joke?: April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? The answer is "pilgrims" for those of you skipped the third grade. Cue eye roll. Anyway - we are headed right into the rainy season as March comes to a close and winter is finally releasing its chilly, chilly grasp. It's finally time to break out the umbrellas and rain boots! Keep reading to see how to make your rain gear more personal by DIY-ing this painted umbrella (P.S. it's totally waterproof, too!).
The wizards at Etsy Labs show us how to EASILY make a cocktail umbrella lantern for our next 'outdoor soiree', BUT it's so cute, you'll want to hang it INSIDE. The project is reminiscent of
Crafty Crafty writes about this portico made from 'cycled 'brellas. "The team over at craft portal ReForm School created this giant sunshade almost entirely out of recycled brollies The end result was achieved by simply sewing the edges of each umbrella together, then adding eyelets around the perimeter. It worked a treat during a party they were throwing for fellow crafters and lent a really festive look to the patio."
DIYable for sure...
"Sick of rain-slicked slippery floors? Looking to take your rainwater recycling to the next level, while simultaneously improving your green thumb? This Umbrella Plant Pot by Kyouei Design offers a beautiful solution to the soggy umbrella dilemma, and allows you to turn that excess, unwanted rain water into nourishment for a plant! It’s a simple ceramic umbrella jar with an ingenious twist - watershed from your soaked...
Just in time to light up your warm summer nights is the solar powered umbrella. Its solar panel, which screws to the finial, powers 18 white LED lights that are fixed to the ribs of the umbrella as well as to a center hub of 8 additional LED’s. The panel charges in direct sunlight, and a full charge will provide 6 to 8 hours of light. The solar powered umbrella is available at Lowes for a very reasonable $98.83.
A few years ago, if you had an outdoor umbrella, it was imperative that you decorate it with string lights. Now, thanks to Pier 1, the trend turns to embellishing your umbrella with jewelry.
These sweet baubles and bells can be clipped to just about anything–including awnings, window valances, small tree branches and, of course, umbrellas. The Circles & Diamonds are sold four to a package, while the Bells come in a package of two. At $15 a set...
I feel a kinship to Chris Kabel. We both have a weakness for lace. He’s taking his affection for the material to new heights, however, with the ShadyLace Parasol. Available through GreenerGrassDesigns for 300 bucks, it just might prove that sunshine is most interesting when dappled.