For a Rainy Day…

They say April showers bring May flowers. That may be true, but May also brings graduation.  It’s often hard to find the perfect gift and I usually find myself resorting to gift cards.  And while I may like receiving gift cards, I usually prefer to give more unique, personalized gifts.  Here’s one idea I made for a number of recent high school graduates–personalized umbrellas.


Silk umbrella (I got mine at Target)                                                                                                                                                       Non-fading Sharpies (I got also got them at Target)                                                                                                                              Or fabric paints                                                                                                                                                                                       Scotchgard (find it here)



Though fabric paints will work fine, I decided to use Sharpies because I thought I’d have better control and they come in multiple tips.  I don’t regret my decision.  And since Sharpies now come in a new non-fade formula, you really can’t go wrong.  Sharpies come in so many colors and dry quickly, so I found them to be the perfect tool for this project.


Once you decide on a design, you can draw directly on the umbrella.  For this design I used the entire umbrella, but they look cute with just a panel or two painted as well.  Once you’ve finished your design, finish it up with a coating of Scotchgard and the umbrella is good to go.

To finish this gift up, I hung some small bills and gift cards from thread and funky-colored paperclips so that when the recipient opened it up, they fell down creating a rain shower of added fun.  Both the umbrella and money are the perfect gift for a rainy day.

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