I love our garden patio space, but the sun can be too strong at times for this pale gal. When looking for a patio umbrella, I knew I wanted it to fit in with the mid-century Palm Spring vibes I’ve got going, especially with the fresh coat of white paint on the patio furniture.
My inspiration for the umbrella came from Marilyn Monroe lounging on a coordinated mid-century patio set and couture dress by Giambattista Valli. The dress is a dream and the mix of colors was so different that it’s stuck with me since 2015!
- Umbrella (I purchased my umbrella from Ikea last season, but here‘s a similar option.)
- Hot glue & gun
This is a super simple DIY with really only two steps.
- I guesstimated at the yardage for my umbrella. To give you a reference, I used 4 yards of fringe for my 5 1/2 foot umbrella. To calculate yardage, measure the circumference of the umbrella and divide that by 36 inches for the number of yards. A rough estimate will give you enough yards of fringe!
- Use a hot glue gun and glue the fringe along the edge of the umbrella. Glue a few inches at a time and let it cool before gluing the next section. I also found that opening the umbrella and standing or leaning it on it’s side made the glueing process easier than gluing while the umbrella is folded up.
This DIY is easy and fast enough that can make the umbrella and still have time to enjoy a cocktail. Now to figure out if I want to add a fun pattern underneath to really elevate the mid century vibe… Excuse me to go ponder my dilemma while I sip on a cold glass of rosé in the shade of my new umbrella.
P.S. If you are wondering about the chair cushions, you can fin the tutorial for them here!