Are you in love with fringe patio umbrellas as much as I am? All winter I was searching for a fringe umbrella for my patio, partly because I was longing for patio season and partly because fringe umbrellas are the perfect modern twist to an outdoor decor staple. Boy was I surprised at how expensive they were - upwards of $300. If you know me you know I have a hard time paying for something that is excessively marked up because of a trend. So I did what any good DIY design blogger would do and I made it myself. You guys, this DIY fringe patio umbrella is one of my favourite DIYs ever. Not only did it save me tons of money but it looks super cute and adds a beachy vibe to my patio.
I picked up a patio 7ft umbrella from my local home improvement/sporting goods store. I had to pull out my highschool geometry knowledge to figure out how much fringe I needed. I multiplied the diameter of my umbrella (7ft) by 3.14 (pie) to get the number of feet I would need of the fringe. Then I headed to my local fabric store and checked out their fringe selection (Note, be sure to check the clearance rack for sale fringe (it is often on sale). I purchased some three inch off white fringe (the white white was too bright and I knew it wouldn't weather well).
Originally I had planned to use hot glue to adhere the fringe to the umbrella but I was a little worried my husband wouldn't like the look so I needed a plan that wouldn't ruin the umbrella completely. I decided to do a light baste stitch of the fringe which took a bit longer but makes it easy for me to replace the fringe down the road.
I love the beachy look of this DIY fringe patio umbrella. It is the perfect addition to our little beach house AirBnB (which we will be renting soon).
Stay tuned for more beach related DIY projects. I also have a short video showcasing this fringe outdoor umbrella in action. Follow me on Instagram for up to the minute projects and design inspo.