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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have discovered new ways to customise umbrellas

Animal Crossing: New Horizons umbrella designs
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have found a way to get new designs into the game.

Ever since the Animal Crossing: New Horizons anniversary update released last week, players have been getting creative with the new customization options in-game. 

This trend really took off after Twitter user @yamaji_maya (opens in new tab) shared their cat umbrella illusion design, which was so popular that the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fan went on to design several more cat kennels (opens in new tab) which vary in colour and cat type. They also shared the design code for these makeshift pets so that everyone can access the designs from the Custom Design Portal or the new Custom Design Portal app (available from Resident Services) and place them in their own homes.

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Other players have also come up with clever umbrella designs from GameCube consoles (opens in new tab), to fruit crates (opens in new tab) to display in island orchards, Mario Kart item boxes (opens in new tab), and even Sanrio character homes (opens in new tab) which were inspired by the Animal Crossing Sanrio Amiibo items and also introduced in the 1.9.0 update. 

These optical illusion designs came about after the inclusion of the Custom Design Pro Editor +, which allows players to place custom designs on new and existing items such as umbrellas, small flags, uchiwa fans, and photo stands. Fans were also gifted with 50 new slots for both normal and pro designs which makes the whole custom design process much easier. 

Now that Spring is officially here, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have a lot to look forward to in the near future. To kick us off, cherry blossom season is right around the corner and will begin turning trees pink around April 1 - 10, this is when players should keep an eye out for Animal Crossing: New Horizons cherry blossom recipes

Around the same time players will also be able to get their hands on a Whoopee cushion for April Fool’s Day (from March 26 - April 1), and even some Prom-themed items in the Able Sisters and Nook Shopping from April 1 - April 30. 

For more in-game events to look forward to, take a look at our upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons events

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at University, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became GamesRadar's trainee news writer where I get to spread the word about the goings-on in the video game world. My expertise lies in Animal Crossing related topics after spending the last 15 years immersing myself in island life. I also know a thing or two about The Last of Us, and way too much about the Kingdom Hearts series.