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DIY Donut Beach Umbrella


DIY Donut Beach Umbrella |

Not ONLY are we bringing you a DIY donut beach umbrella today, you’re getting a sneak peek at tomorrow’s donut DIY too! YOWZA. HAPPY FREAKING WEDNESDAY! We’ve turned umbrellas into fruit slices before, but we thought our donut umbrella needed to be even bigger and better, so we took it to the beach! Of course, you could make a regular ol’ umbrella too if you’d prefer. Either way, you need one in your life and there’s no ifs ands or buts donuts about it!

DIY Donut Beach Umbrella | DIY Donut Beach Umbrella |

DIY Donut Beach Umbrella | DIY Donut Beach Umbrella | studiodiy.comDIY Donut Beach Umbrella | DIY Donut Beach Umbrella |

DIY Donut Beach Umbrella

Total Time: 5-6 Hours (Plus Dry Time)


Beach Umbrella (We used nylon, but cotton would be extra durable!)
Fabric Paint in Pink, Tan + Desired Sprinkle Colors
Large Paint Brush and Medium Paint Brushes


1. Secure your umbrella on it's side. We laid the handle on a table, with the umbrella extending off the side and weighted it down so it would stay put.
2. Paint a ring of tan paint, about three inches wide and about six inches from the center point of the umbrella.
3. Draw a wavy line about 8-10" (depending on the umbrella size) from the bottom of the umbrella with your pink paint, all the way around.
4. Paint the entire umbrella, from the tan ring to the wavy line, with your pink paint. Let dry completely. Try to use thin, even coats. If one coat does not cover it, you can go back and do a second one. But don't glob it on so you can do it in one coat! That might cause the paint to crack.
5. Paint the remaining edge of the umbrella tan.
6. Finally, paint sprinkles randomly all over the pink frosting. Let dry completely, overnight, before folding down.

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Photos by Jeff Mindell

Now we’ll get you all dressed and ready tomorrow (hint hint) but perhaps throw in a donut float, drink float and towel in the meantime?

p.s. Don’t forget the donut sunnies!


  • Gabriella

    This is, hands down, the cutest beach umbrella I’ve ever seen! I never bring one with me to the beach, but I might start this year if it’s this cute 😉

  • Michelle

    This is so cute, I bet you’ll never lose sight of your spot at the beach with this one!

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    OMG! This is the best thing ever!!!

  • Jessixa

    Ahhh! Love this one! I live smack dab in the middle of the USA (away from any beach 🙁 )so I wouldn’t get much use out of a beach umbrella. BUT! I may have to do this to a regular umbrella!

    • Kelly

      I think this would make an AWESOME regular umbrella! Don’t forget to share pics if you make it! =)

  • Kristina B

    Isn’t anyone going to mention that rad cooler?!?! THERE MUST BE SOME TOROS IN THE AT-MO-SPHERE!

    • Kelly

      Haha! I was waiting for someone to comment on that! 😉 More details in an upcoming post!

    • MFP

      LOL I know that’s ALL I can see in these pics!

  • Susan

    This is taking “fun in the sun” to a whole new level. Love it!

  • LirioNohemy

    Oooh this is good!!! 🙂

    During donut week you remind me of Phoebe with her cups and ice
    “Cup hat, cup banner, cup chandelier, and the thing that started it all… the CUP!” Hahaha! 😀

    • Kelly

      HAHAHA! OMG I love me a good Friends reference. That’s awesome.

  • Helen

    I LOVE this umbrella! I definitely think this is something I would do on a smaller umbrella for personal use!

  • Kristina

    I love the umbrella!! I also love the cooler is that anot her DIY?

  • Alexa

    Omg!! I love these adorable donut diys and I am melting from the almost-summer heat and the suspense of other fabulous diys!!??

  • Pat Bennett

    This is so cute! I definitely want to do this with a normal rain umbrella so that I could get more use out of it! Thanks for sharing!

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