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.
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.