DIY Rain Go Away Umbrella Holder
It seems as though it rains constantly here in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Our yard is always soppy. I’m often trudging through the “swamp” to get to the trash can on the side of our house, or walking the dog in the rain. Our old umbrella holder fell over and broke, so I decided to repurpose a galvinized bucket found in the Walmart floral section, and make it a DIY Rain Go Away Umbrella Holder.
*tall galvanized bucket, urn, planter?
*medium grade sandpaper
*craft paint- dark blue, several shades of green, black, brown, and pink.
*paint brushes- 1” sponge brush, small round brush, 1/4” flat brush, liner brush
*Rain Go Away Template- print yours – Rain Go Away Template
*masking tape or painters tape (not pictured)
*acrylic gloss spray sealer (not pictured)
*colored chalk (not pictured)
We’re only painting the front half of the bucket. On one side of the bucket, there is a metal seam to clearly mark the boundaries. Go to the other side. Make Sharpie marks all the way down using the center of the side handle as a guide.
Sand the front half of the bucket, the side you plan to paint, with medium-grade sandpaper. This will give your project “teeth” to hold the paint.
Clean your bucket with vinegar after sanding. This is standard procedure for painting galvinized metal.
Start painting on the side where you made the Sharpie marks, using the white paint and 1” foam brush.
Paint the entire front side. It will need lots of white paint. Use the 1/4″ flat brush to paint the tight areas.
When you’re finished, take the bucket outside for good lighting. Make sure everything is well- covered in white paint.
Make a pencil mark in the top center of the bucket. This will help you center things later.
Turn the Rain Go Away template over. Use colored chalk to cover the letter pattern.
Fold the template in half to find its center, then center the template on the bucket, using the pencil mark made earlier as a guide. Use masking tape or painters tape to keep the design in place. Trace the letters using the mechanical pencil WITHOUT the lead.
Carefully remove the template. The chalk pattern should show up well against the white paint.
Paint the letters using the liner brush or small round brush. The small round brush works well for the larger letters.
I free-hand painted some simple greenerey, using the liner brush for the branches, the small round brush for the leaves, and the wooden end of the paint brush for the berries. Try it if you’re feeling adventurous.
After your project dries completely, gently wipe off the excess chalk and spray the entire thing with acrylic gloss spray sealer. Complete this step outside.
You’re finished! Put a brick in the bottom to keep it from toppling over at inopportune times! I hope you have sunny skies in your life, but if you don’t, you can fall back on your DIY Rain Go Away Umbrella Holder.
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