Some of our artists made designs and painted concrete subjects while others simply covered the entire surface with their artistic style. Whatever the outcome, it's always the process that we cherish; we know the kids had fun with this invitation and we're excited to share the "how to" with our fellow teachers and parents.
Can you imagine how adorable this would be for a summer backyard birthday party? Or a VBS activity? And, when the umbrellas are complete, they are actually useful! At the bottom of this post, we've compiled a list of 10 ways to utilize these art pieces after the activity is over.
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DIY Artful Umbrellas
Step 1: Cover Your Surface and Your Artist
We used our blue butcher paper to protect the floors from drips and spills, but newspaper, trash bags, or a vinyl tablecloth would work just as well. Since we're using non-washable paint, be sure to put an over-sized shirt, apron, or old clothing on your painter to prevent staining nice clothes.
Step 2: Gather Supplies
For this project you'll need:
Step 3: Decorate
We began our invitation by drawing on the umbrella with oil pastels. You could definitely skip this step if you wanted and go straight to painting. Our older kids liked drawing their designs first, but the younger one couldn't have cared less!
Big brushes worked best--this is a LARGE surface to cover so don't be afraid to get out the chunky brushes, or even the house paint brushes so that you can get some coverage.
It would also be fun to use a black or dark-colored umbrella and challenge them to create a galaxy or starfield design!
Step 4: Drying
Leave the umbrella open and let it air dry 24 to 48 hours, depending on how saturated it is.
Step 5: (OPTIONAL)
Once the umbrella has dried, you can also use a clear gloss protective spray to cover the outside of the umbrella, the side that has been painted, to seal and protect the piece. If you plan to use the artwork as an umbrella in the rain, I do strongly recommend you put the protective top coat on.
Step 6: Enjoy The Creativity
Now that the project is complete, here are some ideas on how you can use it.
If you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to check out our DIY videos on YouTube for even more creative inspiration!
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