The latest March Update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been out for just a few days now introducing Sanrio villagers and items, but this update also added new Custom Design options that are already being used to their full advantage!
With those new options, Animal Crossing players can now display Custom Designs in the form of Japanese uchiwa fans, photo standees, small flags, and umbrellas.
But most interestingly, umbrellas created with Custom Designs can be placed directly on the floor as a sort of furniture piece, not just as an accessory to wear.
It turns out that by designing a pattern in the just the right way for the proportions of an umbrella and placing it on the floor with the right rotation, you can create a pretty convincing illusion of a custom furniture item in many forms.
This might take you a minute or so to figure exactly what’s going on — believe us, we were certainly confused at first! Of course, the illusion only works at a particular angle when the umbrella’s handle is properly hidden, but it’s great for taking photos.
Japanese player @yamaji_maya on Twitter appears to have been the first fan to discover and share the technique used to display a cute cat inside a house, but many have followed since with their own spins on the concept.
To some fans, this concept might not seem like a big deal, but the gamechanger here is that umbrellas allow for players to add what appear to be entirely new 3D custom items into their homes and landscapes, rather than simply a new flat pattern.
Below, you can find a showcase of our favourite Umbrella Illusion Custom Designs we found so far in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons community. Feel free to share more in the comments too!
Cat Pet House Collection (Umbrella Illusion)
— まや (@yamaji_maya) March 19, 2021
— まや (@yamaji_maya) March 20, 2021
Creator Code: MA-8569-4772-9405. Created by @yamaji_maya on Twitter.
Fruit Crates (Umbrella Illusion)
Creator Code: MA-9490-7368-3315. Created by @pocchi_acnh on Twitter.
More Fruit & Animal Crates (Umbrella Illusion)
Creator Code: MA-9785-2787-5896. Created by avabeenz on Reddit.
Sanrio Character Houses (Umbrella Illusion)
here are the sanrio cube umbrella designs I finished tonight with their codes! 😊💕 they were fun to make and I hope you enjoy 💖 #ACNHDesign #ACNHDesigns #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons #acnhsanrio #acnhcodes #acnhcode #animalcrossing #kidcore pic.twitter.com/G4Xm37xedx
— DokiBunny (@Doki_Crossing) March 21, 2021
Creator Code: MA-6138-6687-7610. Created by @Doki_Crossing on Twitter.
Book Crates (Umbrella Illusion)
— august 🍄🌾🐌 (@moonkeep_acnh) March 21, 2021
Creator Code: MA-1203-3247-0234. Created by @moonkeep_acnh on Twitter.
Trash Bin (Umbrella Illusion)
Creator Code: MA-7618-6959-6718. Created by Birine_Helene on Reddit.
Mario Kart Item Box (Umbrella Illusion)
Design Code: MO-R22G-YDMR-H06R. Created by @JoeAnimelli on Twitter.
GameCube (Umbrella Illusion)
Creator Code: MA-6440-0548-9477. Created by athousandbabies on Reddit.
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