Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Paint Your Own TARDIS Umbrella

Hello again, friends! It's me again! I love being here at Housewife Eclectic, since my blog (just Lu) has taken a backseat to my new job (which I adore) as a virtual assistant. A big thanks to Debra for letting me moonlight here while she is hopefully getting some sleep and snuggles with her cute girls.

The project I have for you today is one of my favorite Doctor Who projects ever: a TARDIS umbrella! And it is not as daunting as it looks -- just dive in! If you do it, please use fabric paint or a fabric medium -- a white fabric paint pen would be perfect! I was anxious to just do it with the craft paint I had and then ended up crying a little bit when the paint started to chip off the first time I folded it up. Live and learn!


How to Paint a TARDIS Umbrella

Supplies
  • blue umbrella (I got mine at Big Lots)
  • white fabric paint or paint pen
  • chalk or air-soluble fabric pen
  • thin, flat paintbrush
  • (optional) waterproofing spray, like this that you’d use for waterproofing shoes or a camping tent
Using the chalk or fabric pen, sketch out the basic design on the umbrella. I did the same design on each side of the umbrella: POLICE BOX and PUBLIC in a box at the top of the umbrella, and then windows in each section of the umbrella. I did 6 windows in each because it looked right and fit with the size of umbrella (average sized, not mini or jumbo).

Once you’ve got a design sketched that you like, carefully paint it. I used a thin paintbrush just shy of ½ wide, perfect for the thick lines and letters that I needed.

When the paint has thoroughly dried, you’re all set to go! If you’d like, you can spray the umbrella with waterproofing spray, to help set the paint. I didn’t do this, but if (when!) I do it again I think I will.

Go and be geeky,
Lorene

Lu (or Lorene if you prefer) is the mom of 3 kids and wife of a singing and dancing elementary teacher. She happily shows up here at Housewife Eclectic whenever Debra allows, and occasionally blogs on whatever topic comes up over at her blog, just Lu, when she has time in between projects and her awesome job as a virtual assistant. 

20 comments:

Felicia Franceschelli said...

This is such a creative idea. I have never seen anything like it but it would definitely be a lot of fun!

Janelle Shank said...

I really like this idea! thanks for sharing

Masshole Mommy said...

My husband loves Dr. Who and would be ALL OVER this. What a cool idea.

Paula Parker said...

What a great idea. I love this! Thank you for a great future project.

celebteenlaundry said...

I've never gotten into Doctor Who, I watched an episode and couldn't watch any more sadly.

Petro Neagu said...

I haven't been geeky since like forever, so maybe it's about time to. This is such a fun project.

Mama to 5 said...

I have a friend who loves Dr. Who, I forwarded this link to her. This is brilliant!

Stacey - Seattle Mom Blog said...

Awesome job! I can almost feel your pain when I read about the paint chipping. All of that hard work!

bxcrochet said...

That looks like a fun project. I would have never thought to paint an umbrella.

Michelle F.

Kung Phoo said...

That is a really creative idea.. I would have never thought of that at all.

Catherine| Fit Armadillo said...

Cool idea and I LOVE Big Lots :)

Liz Mays said...

I can't believe you did that yourself. What an impressive job.

mail4rosey said...

What Liz said in the comment above me ^^ . You did an awesome job!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That looks amazing ... you did such a great job!

Lexie Lane said...

Very creative! Wish you could have shared some pics though :)

Joanna Sormunen said...

What a great idea! And the umbrella looks amazing!

Lorene Nance said...

Thanks for all the love, y'all! I love this project and definitely need to make another one soon!

Maddi'sMommy said...

I've never watched Dr. Who but I know enough about the show to recognize this! That's amazing!

Krystal Butherus said...

This is so cute and very unique! I love the London feel.

Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack said...

That looks so cool. I have afriend who would love it.

 
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