This parasol will shield you from the fierce rays of the sun, and protect you from the dark, fearsome things of the night.

Neopixels surround the parasol's edge, giving a beautiful, customizable twinkling glow to its bearer.  Learn to easily choose color palettes to go with your outfit for the evening, or stack up hundreds of different palettes for a light show that lasts all night without repeating.

Materials Needed:

  • Teensy 3.1/3.2
  • 40 to 60 Neopixels (indivudual breakout)
  • On/off switch
  • 2000mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • 30awg Silicone stranded wire in various colors

Non-Adafruit Ingredients

  • Parasol or umbrella (I used "wedding parasol" as a search term to find delicate lacey ones)
  • A bit of matching netting or fabric for the battery pocket
  • Lace trim


  • Soldering iron & accessories
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heat gun
  • Needle & thread
This guide was first published on Mar 24, 2016. It was last updated on Mar 24, 2016.
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