I’ve had a clear umbrella in my stash for a long time. I always thought I’d decorate it somehow, but was never sure what to do . . . until I got the idea of incorporating leaves. I wanted a bit of autumn inspiration since fall is my favorite season – and I have got to tell you, I love the results!
The pops of color completely transformed my umbrella into a fashion statement that I love. You can do this with any umbrella – it doesn’t have to be clear! Here’s how I did it.
DIY Leaf Umbrella
- Printer and ink
- Cotton fabric – approximately two yards
- Clear umbrella
- Heat n’ Bond Ultrahold – two 1 yard packages
- Spray adhesive – 3M Super 77 (3M 80 also works well for rubber or vinyl)
- Iron and ironing board
- Parchment or wax paper (or something else disposable to protect your surface form the spray
- Leaf Printables (Download)
Open one Heat n’ Bond package and cut into approximately six 9 x 12” sheets. You’ll be trimming them down to 8.5 x 11” later to fit your printer tray.
Open the second package and cut about two 9 x 12” sheets from that one – I used approximately one 9 x 12” sheet of Heat n’ Bond for each panel on my umbrella (which had eight panels total).
Following the instructions on the package, iron the Heat n’ Bond onto the fabric. Leave the backer paper on the fabric.
This is where you’ll trim – you want to trim each Heat n’ Bond sheet (along with the fabric) down to an 8.5 x 11” sheet that will fit inside your printer tray. You can use a regular letter sized printer page as your guide.
Open up the leaves images printables on your computer. You’re going to print one sheet of leaves at a time. Open your printer tray and remove all of the paper – add one sheet of the Heat n’ Bond/fabric, with the fabric side face down.
Print your leaves from the computer, onto the paper.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have all of the sheets that you need (I did this a total of eight times. I DO NOT recommend placing more than one sheet of Heat n’ Bond/fabric into your printer tray – you can get a jam!
TIP #1: You can use a word processing program to enlarge the leaves to any size you want! This is also useful if you’d like several leaves of the same type on one sheet.
Carefully cut your leaves out – you can remove the backer paper after you cut out the shape.
Place the leaves face down on the parchment or wax paper – about 4 – 6 leaves at a time. Spray the adhesive on the backs of the leaves. I sprayed about 3 light layers.
TIP #2: I highly recommend spraying on the adhesive outside, in a location with good air flow.
Place the leaves down on the umbrella and smooth.
TIP #3: Try carefully not to get the spray adhesive on your fingers; it’s very sticky! But if you do, you can remove with soap, water, and vigorous scrubbing.
Work your way around your umbrella until all of your panels are covered.
The great thing about this project is that you can choose where you want to put the leaves. You can choose to line them up all along the bottom, around the top, staggered. It’s totally up to you!
I love my new clear umbrella! I’ve actually used it in two rainstorms so far and it’s held up so well. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it!