starry light umbrella

This is one of those projects you conjure up, but don’t really think you’ll find the time to make it happen; it just ends up as more craft supply stash. Yesterday was a “day” at work, I needed a mindless project to keep my hands busy, my mind empty, and this was perfect!

Back in April when Jerry and I went to the Balboa Island community garage sale, I bought two paper umbrellas for one dollar each. I should have bought more, but I had no idea what I was going to do with the two I did buy.

Since moving into my selling space at Landmark, I’ve been looking for some lighting. My space isn’t dark or dreary, but it just needs something. At first I was thinking the larger patio lights…until I saw THEM. Little tiny lights on a copper wire, and the idea hit me. I love the unexpected inspiration for creative ideas; I do not love the unexpected in general (I’m a Taurus – haha).

I painted the off white paper umbrellas with pink spray paint. It doesn’t come out completely even, but I don’t think that matters. I think after paining the umbrellas I was stuck on how to proceed; initially I was going to wrap the Starry Lights around the umbrella spokes (I don’t know what they’re called, so spokes it is). But the spokes are attached to the paper. Glue gun, that works on everything (almost).

bought these starry lights on Amazon

bought these starry lights on Amazon

Yes, I nerded out one day and washi taped some clothespins.

Yes, I nerded out one day and washi taped some clothespins.

I smartened up and realized pinning the lights before glue gunning would be easiest.

I smartened up and realized pinning the lights before glue gunning would be easiest.

I skipped every other spoke of the umbrella. Those spokes that I did attach lights to, I did two layers of lights and only put a dot of glue about every 6-8 inches. Oh, and you know this because we’ve all done it….do not touch the glue when it’s hot! I used the end of a paint brush to hold the light stand down until the glue was almost cooled down.

Tah Dah...The umbrella light for my selling space is (almost) done.

Tah Dah…The umbrella light for my selling space is (almost) done.

To finish this up, I will have to slice a small triangle near the top of the umbrella to put the wire through, then fix it up with some cute pink washi tape. I’ll also attach an eye hook to the top of the umbrella, and this will hang with the lights shining down.

I cannot wait to hang it. I swear (I’ll try to remember) to post an in store picture.

xxoo Kris

 

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