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
- 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.