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- Market umbrella
- Umbrella stand with stakes or
- 2 plaster pedestals
- 70 yards of cheesecloth
- 3 yards of taupe and white
striped cotton fabric
- 17 yards of white twill tape
- Eight 1 1/2"-diameter
half-ball cover buttons from Dritz
- Several long strands of
miniature white lights
- 20-gauge stem wire in 15" to
- Ceramcoat® acrylic paints in
Sandstone, Burnt Sienna, Silver, and Boston Fern
- Stencil Magic® paint cream in
Dusty Rose, Pink Carnation, Charcoal Green, and Jungle Green
- Matching thread
- Polyester fiberfill
- Silk flowers and vines
- Measuring tape
- Stencil brushes
- Hot glue
- Spray acrylic sealer
- Plastic twist tie
- Cut two cheesecloth panels for
each section of your umbrella. We cut sixteen 3-yard-long panels
for our octagonal umbrella.
- Measure the distance between
the umbrella spines. For each side, cut a length of twill tape
2' longer. We cut eight 74"-long strips of tape.
- Overlap two lengths of
cheesecloth in the middle to make a panel wide enough to fit the
space between the spines. At the top, fold the raw edge of the
overlapped panel over 1/2" and zigzag to a length of twill tape,
leaving a foot of tape loose at each end. Tie a knot in each
loose end of tape to prevent unraveling. Repeat for each section
of the umbrella.
- To make the rosettes, cut
eight 10" x 44" pieces of striped fabric. Fold each piece in
half lengthwise, with right side out. Sew sides together by
running a gathering stitch along the long raw edges. Pull up the
thread to form a rosette circle from each strip. Stuff with
- Cover the buttons with striped
fabric, following manufacturer's instructions.
- Cut eight 10" pieces of stem
wire. Insert a piece of wire into each button shank. Bend wire
in half and twist together to secure. Insert button through the
hole in the rosette with wires going through rosette. Apply hot
glue to backside of button to hold it in place. Repeat for
- Measure diameter of pole and
add 2". For the pole cover, cut two strips that are each 6" wide
by 2 yards long, from striped fabric. Fold each strip in half
lengthwise, with right sides facing.
- Join edges and run a gathering
stitch 1" from the raw edge. Gathering allows the fabric to grip
the pole, preventing it from sliding off.
- Check that the tube will fit
on the pole. Loosely pull up gathering stitches. Secure thread.
Trim excess fabric. Turn right side out. Repeat to make second
- Base-coat the pedestals with
- Mix a wash of three parts
water and two parts Burnt Sienna paint. Brush the wash over the
raised decoration on the pedestals and any recessed areas to
give the pedestals an aged look.
- Tint and highlight these areas
with a wash of Boston Fern; then, highlight with Silver.
- Using a stencil brush,
highlight bows, roses, and grapes with Dusty Rose and Pink
Carnation paint creams. Shade the leaves with Charcoal Green and
Jungle Green paint creams.
- Seal with spray acrylic.
- Slide the tubes onto the
umbrella pole, arranging and evenly spacing the gathers.
- Set up the umbrella in desired
location on level ground. Make sure it is stable, either staked
to the ground or set in a weighted stand.
- Closely wrap the strands of
miniature white lights around the pole, starting at the bottom.
Leave the plug accessible. When you've covered the pole with
lights, start stringing the lights along each spine out to the
end and back to the middle. Hold the wires of the lights in
place using plastic-covered twist ties. Move to the next spine.
Note: On the last spine, we strung the lights out to the edge of
the umbrella and went around the perimeter twice.
- Hang cheesecloth panels so
they drape across each side of the umbrella. Tie the tapes to
the spines at either side. Tie the very end of each panel in an
overhand knot. Arrange drapes to lay evenly.
- Cut eight 6" pieces of stem
wire. To create the swag around the outside top edge of the
umbrella, measure the space between spines, add 12", and
multiply by the number of sections. Cut two pieces of
cheesecloth to this length. Mark each section by gathering cloth
and wrapping with wire. We used 22 yards to make a double-layer
continuous swag around the umbrella.
- Beginning at the end of one
spine, wire end of cheesecloth to spine. Swag over to next
- Drape the cheesecloth loosely.
Wire and affix to spine. Repeat all around umbrella.
- Wire rosettes to spines on top
of swags. Around each rosette, wire bunches of silk flowers to
trail across swag. Pin in place.
- Set the pedestals on either
side of a spine to make a doorway. Pull layers of cheesecloth to
drape onto a pedestal. Nestle an arrangement in this drape atop
each pedestal. Don't leave pedestals permanently outdoors or set
them in a wet area. Protect pedestal base with plastic.
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