in buying for Straight Razors & Parasols i come across a lot of parasols and umbrellas that need reconstruction. we have a hard time keeping vintage lolita shades in stock so i’ve been curious about how to either rebuild vintage pieces that are tattered or stained (some of them have such cool handles!) or frill-out an existing boring vintage umbrella. a lot of the stuff we see was handmade in the early 1900s like the one below.
in a perfect life, i’d like to reconstruct all the sad and broken umbrellas of the world into pretty lolita parasols so i did some digging and here are some super easy DIY ideas i found…
this is just your basic $15 chinese paper parasol but paper roses have been hot glued to it and gems from the craft store have been added to the spokes to reflect a little sparkle.
here is another easy idea with a plain white paper parasol, and they’ve glued fabric flower petals and ribbon.
Frankie Howard of Mookiechick took an plain umbrella and sewed contrasting lace trim to the dome and then added matching trim, and topped it with some cute bows. if you want to keep it vintage you can purchase a plain antique parasol and embellish it with vintage ribbon and trim found on etsy or ebay.
so i guess after reading all the blogs and stuff i came to the conclusion you can grab any umbrella, coat it with an aerosol spray adhesive and toss glitter and dried flowers at it then super glue a bunch of trim from your discarded armwarmers to the edge … just kidding (please don’t) but it really is that easy. why don’t we have more frilly parasols in the world?
xoxo -Cye (strazor)