How To Make An Umbrella Door Wreath

7 Materials
2 Hours

Having company over and need a quick touch of pizazz to your frumpy front door? Here is your solution! I am all about unique twists on traditional decor ideas and this umbrella door wreath is the perfect example of just that.

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Materials I used for this project:

  • Hook umbrella
  • Artificial flowers
  • Jute rope
  • Sponge brushes 
  • Spray paint
  • Primer paint  
  • Behr interior exterior color sample  

To create this simple and unique door wreath, you'll want to start by spray painting the tip and handle of the umbrella if they're a color you don't like.

I purchased this umbrella for less than $7 on Amazon and was surprised by the hot pink so I wanted to cover that up, and I chose metallic gold to do that.

If you're giving this wreath as a gift, I would not recommend spray painting the handle unless it's wooden as the spray paint does not adhere very well to plastic.

Since this wreath is for my door, I wasn't very worried about it not adhering perfectly.

Once the handle and tip are sprayed and dried, take your sponge brush and paint the umbrella with the primer (you can do this step first if you didn't need to spray paint the tip and handle). You'll want to paint the primer on thick but not so thick that it runs - if you experience running, simply go back over those places to even out the primer.

After your primer dries, paint the umbrella the color of your choice with acrylic paint - I chose purple to contrast with my warm pallete of flowers. Again, you'll want to lay the paint on thick but not so thick that you experience running. Make sure to let the paint dry completely once you've covered the entire umbrella with paint.

Next, cut and arrange the flowers you've chosen. You can use wire clippers or a pair of scissors to cut.

After you've arranged the flowers to your liking, tie your ribbon of choice around the closed umbrella - I recommend tying it close enough to the top that the flowers are gathered close and tight.

Finally, hang your beautiful flower arrangement on your door for all to see and admire!

This project will take a jiffy to make and will cost you the same, if not, less than a pre-purchased ordinary wreath would.

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Have a question about this project?

21 questions
  • Caz4166619
    on May 14, 2016

    Great idea but dose the paint crack at all ?

    • Augusta Evans
      Augusta Evans
      on May 14, 2016

      If you "rough up" the plastic with a fin grit sand paper, the paint will adhere well. I have doe it many times.

    • Beverly Campbell
      Beverly Campbell
      on May 14, 2016

      Rustoleum makes a paint for plastic. Works great....I have used it on plastic pots for flowers. Did them last year and they are just as pretty....lots of color on our deck.

  • Laurameade
    on May 14, 2016

    How do you water this? Do you fill it? Do you put it in oasis or individual little viles of water.

    • Susan
      on May 14, 2016

      The flowers are artificial.

    • Marcia
      on May 18, 2016

      You can use real flowers by putting a small plastic bag inside filled with water and twist tying the top.

  • Dida
    on May 14, 2016

    They make spray paint for plastic, so you could use it for a plastic handle

    • Tina Bates Butler
      Tina Bates Butler
      on May 14, 2016

      I too have used spray paint for plastic and it works just fine!

    • Jan Hodge
      Jan Hodge
      on May 14, 2016

      I've used it to update chairs. I'd buy the color umbrella I wanted or try fabric spray paint on one I already own. I love this instead of wreath.

    • L
      on May 14, 2016

      That too would work of course

    • The spray paint was good on the tip but with the handle, it wanted to run while it was still wet so I guess you could do little spurts on the curve of the handle and blow it dry quickly in order for maximum coverage and stick.

    • Nancy
      on May 14, 2016

      The dollar store has umbrellas! I guess you know where I'm headed today! :)

    • Dida
      on May 14, 2016

      You have to do multiple light coats to keep plastic paint or any paint to keep it from running.

    • Cynthia Green
      Cynthia Green
      on May 15, 2016

      Pretty material can be used over the umbrella and that way you can change it up. Also sturdy wrapping can carefully be used.

  • Chris Burke
    Chris Burke
    on May 14, 2016

    Could you use spray paint on the umbrella?

  • Martha Harper
    Martha Harper
    on May 14, 2016

    Did you use the handle or discard it? I don't see it in the final photo.

    • DeVa
      on May 14, 2016

      Looks like its hooked on by the handle.

    • Lois Franklin
      Lois Franklin
      on May 14, 2016

      And the flowers covered it up. I wouldn't even worry about painting the handle if you're going to use taller flowers. Very cute idea.

    • Cyndadouglas
      on May 15, 2016

      With the umbrella nearly folded closed, the handle would not stick out very far. Perfect for a hanger. Love this idea. It is lovely.

    • Mary Cosmah-Johnson
      Mary Cosmah-Johnson
      on Feb 18, 2017

      It is beautiful. But I like a prettier ribbon. That twine takes away from the beauty.

  • Stephanie
    on May 14, 2016

    what kind of primer did you use?

    • Katie
      on May 15, 2016

      The second picture shows a can of Rustoleum Ultra Cover Primer.

  • Valerie Starchuk
    Valerie Starchuk
    on May 22, 2016

    Does it bang against door when door opens or closes?

    • I actually have it hanging on my front door which we don't use regularly (we use our side door), however we've been opening that door more lately for extra sunshine since its been so nice outside and I haven't noticed it banging at all since there's not much slack on how it hangs on our door knocker.

  • Lynne
    on Jan 16, 2017

    Why did it cost $55?

    • Mainly bc of the paint--that adds up! However, the paint is a one time buy so you can use it on other projects. The other things was the flowers...I know you can buy them from the Dollar Tree but I always feel like they look cheap so I go for nicer ones from Michaels.

    • Kaye
      on Feb 9, 2017

      You could use chalk paint which would make it cheaper and goes over everything

  • Elaine Mitchell Dempsey
    Elaine Mitchell Dempsey
    on Feb 17, 2017

    Where did the handle go. I don't see it in the finished project

  • Tit10775897
    on Feb 20, 2017

    will you ever untie jute rope?

  • User
    on Mar 3, 2017

    Did you add holes for rainwater to drain?

    • These are artificial flowers.

    • Cathy
      on May 3, 2017

      No, she asked about rainwater (if this is truly used on an outer door).
    • Virginia R
      Virginia R
      on Jul 22, 2017

      This is probably for a door that is protected by a porch or some type of roof. Rain would ruin the artificial flowers otherwise.
    • Ardale
      on Aug 24, 2017

      Rain won't ruin artificial flowers! I wash my silk flowers all the time when they get dusty or dirty and I haven't have any problems with them. I just fill my kitchen sink with hot soapy water and put them in it to soak for a few minutes then I just grab the stems and swish them until their clean, rinse and lay on a bath towel to dry. You can also hang them to dry if you prefer. If the ones I use outside are really dirty I put a little bit of bleach in my soapy water and do as stated above. They come out looking brand new again. I have more problems with the sun fading them if they are used outside then I do washing them but the ones I use inside or use in door wreaths are under a covered porch so they stay nice and pretty so I can reuse them over and over again washing them this way. Lets face it silk flowers aren't cheap so why not keep them as nice and clean as you can so they will last for years. Even the cheap made ones will last for years used inside and kept clean from time to time.
    • Ardale
      on Aug 24, 2017

      I made one of these umbrella door wreaths earlier this summer and love it. I just used a nice umbrella we already had since we have several of them. I chose a black umbrella so my silk flowers would pop. I used a pretty gold foil ribbon to tie it with and made a bow out of the same ribbon. The flowers I chose were orange and cream to coordinate with the colors in the floor tiles we have on our porch and front steps as well as the décor of the furniture on our front porch. Our tiles are a mixture of browns, creams and burnt orange and our bistro seats have cushions on them in a burnt orange as well as a bench seat which is also covered in burnt orange fabric. The gold ribbon matches the gold chandelier which hangs over our bistro set and the gold color of our door lock and handle. Looks really nice but I will be changing it out for a harvest wreath pretty soon and the best part is I can reuse my silk flowers elsewhere and put my umbrella back in it's stand with our other umbrellas until next year.
    • Jpsiskos
      on Aug 24, 2017

      Quite unique. I have seen other displays using umbrellas, never realized I can do it myself and have my own colors. Do you have to use a primer or can you just paint directly on the umbrella? Thanks for the idea. I love it and just have to have one. Probably on the inside so I can enjoy it.
    • Debbie Bigler
      Debbie Bigler
      on Aug 24, 2017

      I would think you need drain holes if the door is not covered, not because they're fake or real flowers, but so the umbrella doesn't fill up with water.
    • Mil30024955
      on Sep 27, 2017

      You might try buying umbrellas at IKEA. They may be smaller because they are sold in the children's department, but they are inexpensive and can certainly be painted as you directed. Anita Mills San Diego, Ca
  • Ellen
    on Jul 22, 2017

    Nice idea. I don't understand why the cost is listed as $55 though. I buy fake flowers only when they're on sale at Michaels. Can you break it down?
    • Stacie A
      Stacie A
      on Jul 31, 2017

      I agree...this could be made so much cheaper & just as pretty. I just always feel if it's DIY it should be economical. I wouldn't spend $55 for a brand new wreath that's already made lol.
    • Rusty
      on Aug 1, 2017

      Yes i agree could be made cheaper
    • The majority of the cost was the flowers--I wanted a fuller look and I don't like cheap-looking flowers.
    • Heartbeat
      on Aug 10, 2017

      just because a flower is on sale doesn't mean it looks cheap
    • Yofrendonna
      on Aug 24, 2017

    • Laurie Caceres
      Laurie Caceres
      on Aug 24, 2017

      all of the supplies were bought on Amazon. Try the dollar store for everything but the paint. Most crafters will already have these supplies at home so costs are down. Lowes even has cheaper paints.
    • Rachel
      on Aug 24, 2017

      Umbrellas and artificial flowers and sometime craft sprays and glues can be found at the thrift stores (Goodwill, Salvation army)
    • Linda Sikut
      Linda Sikut
      on Aug 24, 2017

      Right Heartbeat, I buy flowers at AC Moore, usually but only when they are on sale or I have a good coupon. I love that AC Moore let's me use it more than once so I take a couple of friends with me and we all use the same coupon.
    • Linda Sikut
      Linda Sikut
      on Aug 24, 2017

      Meant to add same flowers, just half price.
    • Barbara White McIntyre
      Barbara White McIntyre
      on Aug 24, 2017

      Wal-Mart has nice flower bushes for less than $10. Most are $3, $5 and $7.
    • Marie Re Alcala
      Marie Re Alcala
      on Oct 9, 2017

      you can also get your flowers from the dollar tree store , for $1 , and they really have some nice ones

    • Dawn Matta Johnson
      Dawn Matta Johnson
      on Jan 17, 2018

      Hobby Lobby has all of the items for this project and everything is normally 40% off, if not this week then next week. I would never pay $55 for that!
  • Mary
    on Aug 24, 2017

    What did you do with the handle? You sprayed it ,but I don't see it .......
  • Iva
    on Jan 14, 2018

    Thank you for the idea! Can you still use the painted umbrella as an umbrella when it's raining or the primer and the paint will crack?
    • Emmawilliams1
      on Jan 23, 2018

      Whatttttt? $55.00 WOW! Pretty, not $55.00..........
    • Dayna Emily
      Dayna Emily
      on Feb 25, 2018

      She added up the cost of all the supplies, assuming you have to go out and buy every. single. thing. If you use paint you already have, a broken umbrella you already have and fake flowers you have lying around, it would be significantly less, or free!

      To make this, I went and bought an umbrella from the dollar store but I had everything else, so it cost me a buck!

    • Carey
      on Jul 14, 2018

      I would say, if you want to use the umbrella as an umbrella later, DO NOT paint it. You might try dying it, but not painting. Acrylic paint will stiffen the fabric, unless you thin it considerably as you would for fabric painting, & even then it will stiffen your umbrella making it less acceptable for continually opening and closing an umbrella. I have a small umbrella that I bought at the dollar store some time ago, and I used it once for a decoration, set on the floor & filled to overflowing with artificial flowers. It turned out really pretty, but I never have used it for anything since. This door decor, will be an excellent use for it once again. For $1, it has provided plenty of inspiration. It will once again be put to use! Thanks for the idea!

    • Judi Stewart Zdziera
      Judi Stewart Zdziera
      on Apr 22, 2019

      Also a LOT of those things can be purchased at the DOLLAR stores! I have bought most of those things there... Judi

    • Lois
      on May 19, 2019

      i do not see the handle of the umbrella in any pictures. How did you hang it to the door?

  • Robyn Garner
    Robyn Garner
    on Apr 23, 2019

    Why would you purchase an umbrella when you can easily do this with one that has broken spines? I have a couple I garbage picked for another project.

  • Pam/MeMaw
    on Apr 24, 2019

    Cute idea, but doesn’t the paint rub off on the door if it wobbles any at all?

  • Phil
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Why not get a colour that you want instead of painting it ???

  • Pansy
    on Apr 8, 2020

    What happened to the umbrella handle? Couldn't you use the handle to hang the finished project? I noticed that you did paint it. The handle would have to be pulled out all the way to use it.

    • Rynn
      on Apr 8, 2020

      I think she did hang it by the handle. I can see the gold handle in the pictures prior to hanging; some of the flowers were tall-ish and obscured the view. It sure turned out pretty!

    • Carole gerst
      Carole gerst
      on Jul 8, 2020

      She did hang it, but the one thing I'd do is show the handle more beautiful idea! 😃😃😃😃😃

  • Sarah Kohzad
    Sarah Kohzad
    on Apr 8, 2020

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  • Kim E
    Kim E
    on Apr 8, 2020

    How did you hang it on the door?

    • Denise Newman Cuevas
      Denise Newman Cuevas
      on Apr 8, 2020

      I would assume she put the handle through her door knocker handle.

    • TateTwo
      on Apr 11, 2020

      I guess if you don't have a door knocker, you could use command strips?

    • Melin
      on Jul 8, 2020

      To hang my wreaths and/or decorations on my front door which does not have a knocker, I hammered [gulp!] a long and thin headed nail, which I painted the same color as my door. Can't really see the nail because it matches the door color, so it keeps everyone guessing. Fun stuff!

  • Flower girl
    Flower girl
    on Jul 9, 2020

    Could you spray paint the fabric of the umbrella too?

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  • LanieSue
    on Apr 8, 2021

    I love this idea. Somewhere, I have an old umbrella. When I finally stumble across it, I'm going to make this.

  • Marty Ayers
    Marty Ayers
    on Apr 8, 2021

    i have found when painting plastic... if you rough it up with fine sand paper, then PRIME it with a Primer for Plastic... you can then use other types of paint and the paint holds better on the plastic. (The plastic primer sticks to the plastic and the other paint sticks to the primer) I used this method on plastic shutters and the "other" paint was exterior latex... there has been no flaking or "scratch off"

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