Chase the Rainy Days Away with this DIY Painted Umbrella (With Video!)

Chase the Rainy Days Away with this DIY Painted Umbrella (With Video!)

How to turn your boring umbrella into a work of art

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!).       

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Watch the video to see painting in action, and keep reading for all the details! 


A white umbrella is leaning against a white wall near other items.


A white paper with blue paint is sitting next to the tube of paint and three paint brushes.

This specific type of paint is the key to the waterproof aspect of this project! Make sure to use a fabric paint that requires washing after application (per the instructions on the bottle). To prep for painting, get a scrap piece of paper or a disposable plate to use as a palette.


A person's hand painting on the top of an open umbrella.

Now to start painting! Open the umbrella, and start in the middle. Begin with something easy, like a circle. Paint one panel at a time. Keep your designs simple. 

A blue design is visible on the end of a white umbrella.


A person draws a blue design on an umbrella.

Put a podcast on, and keep working until you have an entirely painted umbrella. Try not to be heavy-handed – using less paint on your brush looks better than more paint. Use simple patterns, like triangle, lines, dashes, and zig-zags.  

A person has used a brush with blue paint to paint on a white surface.

When your painted umbrella is complete, leave it open to dry overnight. Wash brushes with dish soap. Done!

How to paint an umbrella (it's waterproof!)

Transform a boring umbrella into an indigo blue beauty!

Tutorial for a painted indigo umbrella

How to transform a boring umbrella using waterproof paint

How to paint a (waterproof!) umbrella

Since the fabric paint is built to be washed, you don’t need to worry about the paint running!  

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There’s just a little bit of snow left on the ground here in the Twin Cities, but hopefully a few days of springtime rain will kick it all out of town. Happy spring!

Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed with This Durable Umbrella (It Has More Than 12,000 5-Star Ratings!)

Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed with This Durable Umbrella (It Has More Than 12,000 5-Star Ratings!)

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If you were affected by any of the unexpected storms that happened this summer, chances are you’ve been re-evaluating just how prepared you are for torrential downpours. While you might be outfitted with the ultimate summer-ready raincoat and waterproof shoes, a simple item many people often find themselves without is an umbrella — and usually when they need it most. Of course, this makes sense considering many umbrellas are either too large to fit in your everyday bag or too flimsy to rely on when a major storm hits. Thankfully, there’s a solution that has you covered on both fronts: the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella. According to thousands of satisfied Amazon shoppers, this umbrella is built to last and it’s compact enough to carry around wherever you go. For these reasons (and more), it just so happens to be one of the most beloved umbrellas on Amazon.

With nearly 12,000 5-star ratings, suffice it to say that the Repel umbrella, which is sold in 11 colors, is nothing short of a lifesaver when clouds arrive and flood warnings pop up on our phones. Whether it’s a light drizzle or an all-out thunderstorm, the Repel Umbrella Windproof Travel Umbrella is built to withstand the elements. Despite weighing less than a pound, the lightweight umbrella is sturdy to a fault. It’s designed with a double-vented canopy, which lets wind pass through, and nine reinforced ribs. Together, these features ensure that the umbrella will maintain its shape, even when strong wind gusts blow in.

Let’s be clear: This one is nothing like those $5 umbrellas you’ve had to buy in a pinch when caught in an unexpected downpour. The Repel umbrella is also made with Teflon coating to repel water like nobody’s business, which means you’ve won’t be left with a sopping wet mess once you’ve made it inside. “My husband specifically likes the fact that it repels the water and it is pretty much dry after he uses it, so he can just give it a little shake and put it back in his bag,” one reviewer wrote. “No more forgetting wet umbrellas in wet buckets by the door.”

This umbrella also features an automatic design that makes it easy to open even if you’re juggling a million things when the storm hits — something we can all appreciate. “The automatic open and close button makes it easy and fast to get in and out of buildings and cars without having to stand in the rain longer than I want,” one satisfied customer wrote.

The best part? If the umbrella falls short in any way, you can fall back on the brand’s  lifetime replacement policy, which guarantees a replacement umbrella if anything goes awry with your original purchase.

All signs point to making this umbrella part of your next Amazon haul. It’s perfect for outfitting your purse, briefcase, car, and/or any other place you keep your “just in case” stash. You seriously won’t want to leave home without it!