Bargain hunting is great for the pocketbook, not always so great for style. We got this beige summer shade umbrella super cheap at the Target end of season clearance last year but it was way too boring. Beige is just NOT something I would normally buy. I love color too much. But the price was right and our old one was totally worn out. So we bought it. And it works great! But it’s boring.
I love a little bling: Rhinestones, Glitter, Chrome, Gold. Anything that adds just a bit of “umph” to an otherwise ordinary something and so I’m shaking it up with tassels!
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I think it all started with Pinterest, as almost all DIY projects do these days. Beautiful romantic hammocks with blankets and pillows and fringe caught my eye, and I knew I needed fringe. Fringe and Tassels!
It then came to me that maybe an umbrella with tassels was the way to go, and so I searched Pinterest for ideas.
And the plan was born. I was immediately off to Ebay to find some suitable trim to add to my umbrella.
I started pinning it on, just to get an idea of how it would look.
My sewing machine has never been set up since we moved in our house over five years ago. Sigh… Indoor work is only for bad weather days and we have a lot of sunny days in Alabama.
So I decided to go with Fabric Glue. It takes a while to dry though, so I would glue a section and then weight it down for an hour or so before moving on to the next section.
I gathered up a couple of bricks, some bookends and a few clothes pins to hold it. My fingers are crossed that the glue will hold up to the weather this summer.
The glue has held up perfectly fine through 3 summers now and my umbrellas stay outside in the sun & rain from March until October or November.
I love the way the blue looks on the beige and it has also helped me to decide what color outdoor furniture I want to get for the new deck. Anything that helps me make up my mind about something is a blessing. ha!
I sort of wish I had just sewn the trim onto the umbrella, because it took a while to get all of it glued on. Since I was working on one section at a time in the evenings after work, it took about 5 days to get it attached. Most of that was drying time, and in the end, it was totally worth it.
I think it adds a perfect personal and fun touch.
Now I just have to find the right outdoor sofa and this outdoor lounge area will be complete.