With a kid's nylon umbrella, paintbrushes, and permanent waterproof paint, such as fabric paint or acrylic, you can create the perfect rainy day accessory.
Follow the manufacturer's directions: Some fabric paints require the addition of fixative; others require ironing the umbrella after painting. Carefully cover the work surface with newspaper before you begin, and have your child wear a smock. Once finished, keep the umbrella open overnight; the paint must dry completely before you close it or use it.
Use semigloss latex exterior paint and primer to give your picnic table a shiny, patriotic look. Prime table; allow to dry. Cover the edges of alternating slats with blue painters' tape. Apply two coats of red paint to the untaped slats and allow to dry. Remove tape, then apply new tape to edges of painted slats; paint two coats of white on remaining slats and let dry.
Smooth, flat stones aren't just for skipping -- they're perfect for game pieces too. For a set of dominoes, all you need are 28 stones and a white paint pen to draw lines and dots. Begin by drawing a line across the center of each. Then, on either side of the line, mark with two sets of dots in every combination from zero to six.
Use a gold-colored metallic-paint pen to "gild" the borders of invitations, note cards, gift tags, envelopes, and place cards. On a covered work surface, run the pen's felt tip flush along all edges of the paper; the paint will bleed slightly, creating a glimmering border.