Start by grabbing chunks of poly-fil and hot gluing it around the top of your umbrella hat.

Next take two strings of fairy lights and drape each one around and through the poly-fil, with each one taking up one half of the umbrella.

As you go, tack the wire into place on the umbrella with hot glue.  Be careful not to melt the material and make sure that the battery pack hangs over the edge with at least an inch or two of cord.  You can just use one if you’d like but I found 2 to provide the right amount of light.

Once this is done, wrap the bubble wrap over the umbrella and glue it on the underside of the umbrella.  I found it useful to pierce the bubble wrap with the prongs of the umbrella to hold it in place.

Test out your lights then cut strips of ribbon to fit across the entire umbrella.  Pierce each strip in the middle, position it over the middle knob of the umbrella and hot glue it on the underside of the umbrella.  Continue until the entire surface is covered.

Once done, paint over the knob with mod podge and sprinkle it with glitter.  Feel free to dab glitter and mod podge all over.

Hot glue thinner tendrils of ribbon around the edge of the umbrella to dangle as tentacles.  Optionally, add pom poms or other decorative features to the edges.

Use the tape to tack down the battery pack on the inside of the umbrella, making sure to keep the on switch accessible.

Don hat, add accessories, and you’re good to go!


  • Umbrella hat.  (I ordered 2 for $8.90 on Amazon here)
  • Poly-fil.  (You can pick this up at Michaels)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ribbons in various thickness
  • Pom poms
  • Fairy lights (You can buy 6 packs on Amazon for $13 or less here)
  • Glitter
  • Mod podge
  • Gorilla or fabric tape


  • Glue gun
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors