diy project: umbrella caddy

this month i am going to focus on a room in the house that needs some design love. for me, it’s my entryway. it’s the first impression for your guests and it’s the first thing you’ll see when you come home everyday, so you should love it, right? this umbrella caddy is the first step for me to organizing my entryway. it makes me smile and it is super inexpensive. good luck! – kate

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What You’ll Need:

1. 10″ diameter sonotube (these are cardboard tubes used for pouring concrete. they are available at big hardware stores like home depot, lowe’s, osh, etc.)
2. cork roll (also available at hardware stores, and office supply stores)
3. contact paper (used for lining drawers, available at hardware stores and some drug stores)
4. spray paint
5. tape measure
6. marker
7. scissors
8. box cutter with sharp blade
9. plant drip tray (to fit inside the 10″ sonotube)
10 glue gun


1. use the tape measure to place marks on the sonotube at 24″ (that’s the height i chose for my caddy, you can choose anything up to 24″).

2. draw a line along the marks you created. this is your cut line. slowly make cuts into the line with the box cutter. keep making connected stabbing cuts on the line all the way around the tube. this will work better than trying to drag the blade through the cardboard since it so thick.

3. cut the cork roll to the same height as your tube. use the blade and a ruler to cut it cleanly and evenly.

4. line up the bottom of tube with the edge of your cork roll. lay a line of glue along a portion of the bottom and flatten down the cork onto the tube.

5. work your way around the tube, laying down glue and smoothing down the cork, until the cork is wrapped all the way around the tube. cut any extra cork cleanly with your blade.

6. spray your contact paper with the color spray paint in a ventilated area. allow it to dry completely. the contact paper takes paint well and will act like vinyl decals. you need enough contact paper to line the tube and to cut out your decals.

7. trace a teardrop shape onto a scrap piece of cardboard and cut it out. use this template to trace the teardrop shapes on the back of the painted contact paper.

8. cut out all of your teardrop shapes. peel off the backing and stick the teardrop shapes on. smooth down as you would a sticker or decal.

9. once all your stickers are on, line the tube with the other sheet of painted contact paper. to do this, you want to leave the backing on and hot glue the sheet to the interior of the tube. this is because the inside of the tube is waxed so the stickers won’t stay put.

10. place in your desired spot and slide the plastic plant tray to the bottom to catch any moisture from wet umbrellas.



  1. Aimee says:

    This would also be adorable covered in wallpaper! Our Julia Rothman designs are available by the yard and would be perfect for this project.

  2. Amy says:

    this is such an adorable idea! i love the teardrop design.

    and aimee – thanks for posting about the by-the-yard wallpaper. i’ve been looking for a place to get a small amount for a project!

  3. PH says:

    This is such a fabulously adorable idea! Sadly though, I know my version would look like a kindergartener’s project.

  4. Cute, cute idea! I think many of us could use this just as it is or as a launching point for many creative versions.

    Tricia – Avolli

  5. Alana says:

    Love this project! I have been trying to fancy up my entryway for months!

  6. Awesome! I just nabbed a big tube from work!!

  7. I love this! So cute! Where do you get a reasonably priced roll of cork? I have been looking for it for another project I am working on right now too. xo

  8. stunning! the raindrops are sooo lovely. fantastic blue! :D

  9. Just found your blog! Love this idea!

  10. Anna @ D16 says:

    Cute! Umbrella caddies always make we wish it were practical to carry anything other than those teeny-tiny umbrellas that are too small to go in a caddy. ALAS.

  11. very cool idea!!!!

  12. alison says:

    This is a great idea, I hadn’t thought of using sonotube for crafting. I have some rolls of vintage wallpaper that just might be perfect for this…

  13. Fantastic!!! I love so much the colours and the lovely raindrops :O)

  14. vasudha says:

    excellent idea….I simply loved them,…..

  15. jeffrey says:

    A jigsaw cuts through Sonotubes like butter. Fast & Easy.

  16. Rachel says:

    Aww, this is So cute! I love the raindrops. I’ll be linking.

  17. Sharon says:

    Adorable, I love that blue, it’s become my new obsession ;P

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  19. Susannah says:

    What a clever idea–you could use smaller tubes for the small umbrellas we all use now–three will fit easily into one. I am talking about cardboard tubes that linoleum is placed on–they throw them away.

  20. Joyce says:

    Exactly what I’ve been looking for… to buy but now I’m going to try make it!! Thanks for this!!

  21. SUCH a cute idea/project – and won’t break the bank!

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  22. deb says:

    This would be great to hold those long rolls of Christmas wrapping paper. Cover 2 in matching paper as a top and bottom. The wrapping paper would be the support to keep them together.

  23. Sara says:

    I think you could put little hooks inside the top rim of the tube to hold the tiny umbrellas. Would be cool with wallpaper or mirrored chromo artboard. Great project!

  24. Cyndip says:

    Awesome idea, I have been looking for a number of years to find material for making my umbrella holder; just could not find any thing to compliment. One thing I am a fabric girl so I am thinking of using fabric as covering with dainty fine prints, maybe from Fabric Land.
    You are the best in this area, Love it. Will be starting my project as soon as possible.
    Thanks much


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