Umbrella Door Wreath... My Version


This is one of the most fun wreaths I have done. I know other people have tried these and to me they all turn out so darn cute I had to try one... but I did it my way!
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
First off you need an old umbrella. You could buy a new one but that defeats my purpose of using old discarded things and upcycling whenever possible!
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
I have been planning on doing one of these for quite some time but could never find the right used umbrella. Then I was at the Habitat ReStore and there it was. A child size umbrella with my name all over it.
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
Get to the hardware store and buy 2 cans of spray paint if your umbrella is not quite the color you imagined and this umbrella certainly was not the right color for me. I wanted something bright and sunny!
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
While at the hardware store I picked up a can of Great Stuff expanding foam. This was going to hold all those fake flowers in place during the windstorms we get here all year long.
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
First I gave the umbrella two quick coats while the umbrella was open. Then once dry I closed it up and tied a piece of twine around it to hold it in the position I wanted it. I also bent some of the front wires so it would face outwards more but leaving the back ones alone so it would sit flat against the door when hung. I slid a garbage bag over the handle area and gave it another 2 coats of paint. Even though I bought a good primer and paint all in one can, it still took several coats to get a good coverage.
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
I could not find any fun fake flowers at the thrift stores I usually haunt so it was off to the Dollar Store. I bought way more than I planned to, as in my head I wanted to keep it simple. What was I thinking! Once you have your flowers arranged in the umbrella then your next step is the can of Great Stuff. I have given a more detailed instructions on this over on my blog you might want to go take a look at before you use this stuff. Or if you do not live in a windy city like I do, you can totally omit the great stuff and just tie a pretty ribbon on you umbrella and hang it up.
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
The final result will not go on my front door as planned because it looks just too darn pretty here paired with all my other fake plants. Yup, no watering real plants for me this year. I went all fake ones this year and don't have to worry about them dying and I will bag them all up and store them away till next spring and won't have to spend a penny.
umbrella door wreath my version, crafts, doors, wreaths
KAT

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  • Jewell Martin
    on May 26, 2016

    For some reason, I have three boxes of cornstarch. Since the umbrella took so many layers to get the solid bright color you wanted, I have an idea. Do you think dipping the child's umbrella in a big pot of heavy starch, then letting it dry, might create a gesso-like coating that would allow the paint the cover more completely? I notice that even with all your coats of paint, the inside of the umbrella still showed the original print. I'm making the umbrella wreath, as soon as I feel comfortable with all the steps. Your spray foam idea is genius--we live in Texas, and 65-75 mph wind gusts is not unusual here just with a regular storm. You sold me on the foam, and I already have a can in the utility room.

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