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Project

Festive Drink Umbrellas

Created with assorted origami paper, these cheerful umbrellas provide a gentle shade for all your summer drinks.

Introduction

It would be nearly impossible to improve on the cocktail umbrella, a staple of backyard luaus and fancy hotel bars. But the homemade parasols shown here, floating in tumblers of lemonade on the rocks, are the most elegant we've seen.

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pinking shears or scallop scissors
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape
  • Craft glue
  • Wooden skewer
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut paper with pinking shears or scallop scissors for a decorative edge.

  2. Step 2

    From each circle, remove a pie-slice shape measuring about 1/8 of the circumference. Fashion into a cone, slightly overlapping straight ends; use a glue stick or double-sided tape to secure.

  3. Step 3

    Dab white craft glue inside nose of cone, and pierce tip with a wooden skewer (snip skewer for a custom fit); allow to dry.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2001

Reviews (32)

  • 16 Feb, 2011

    it's a kind of rock

  • 16 Feb, 2011

    mica is the glittery stuffy you see in sand on the beach

  • 28 Jun, 2010

    what is mica?

  • 14 Jun, 2010

    Isn't mica poisonous?

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Eco-friendly tip: Use mica glitter on edges after tracing circles. Let dry before cutting.

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Eco-friendly tip: use water based adhesive. Stamp names with mica ink stamp

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Use as place settings. Use different designs for each table. Make one for each guest at one table.

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Eco-friendly tip: use biodegradable rice paper

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Use as place settings. Use different designs for each table. Make one for each guest at one table.

    Eco-friendly tip: use biodegradable rice paper

  • 3 Jul, 2008

    The cut out pieces can be used as Name tags

  • 9 Jun, 2008

    Simply beatiful!
    Thank you:)
    Selda

  • 6 Jun, 2008

    My friend, Celeste, made these for her daughter's party but added pink sugar to the edges (instead of glitter so it wouldn't get in the drink not to mention all over your face- hate that!) and used egg whites instead of glue and they were adorable! Great idea Martha and Celeste!

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    the wedge cut out of the circle could be attached to a skewer and used as a small flag in a drink.....or a few could be glued to a string for a banner garland

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    I have my daughters birthday party coming up, so this is nice for the girls to make their own umbrella's in their non alcohol little coctails... Lovely idea!

    Regards from the Netherlands!

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    I love this idea, I think I will make some for my mothers birthday BBQ in 2 weeks.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    Check out Martha's 4th of July drink umbrellas... she includes a template of red, white, and blue patterns, so all you have to do is print !!

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    I am having a baby shower for my godchild this summer and can't wait to make them. The straw idea is great. I have a cutter that I can use to scan the pattern into my computer, hit a button and cut a whole page of them in less than a minute. I can make the pattern with the wedge cut out so I can eliminate that step. I'm sure my sister will want me to make themed ones for their annual Fourth of July picnic too!

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    Sorry about the multiple posts, my computer had a mad moment.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    As dreamdesigner mentioned, putting these cute umbrellas around a straw would be a great idea, and also a neat way for guests to identify their own drinks if using different patterned paper for each guest.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    As dreamdesigner mentioned, putting these cute umbrellas around a straw would be a great idea, and also a neat way for guests to identify their own drinks if using different patterned paper for each guest.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    As dreamdesigner mentioned, putting these cute umbrellas around a straw would be a great idea, and also a neat way for guests to identify their own drinks if using different patterned paper for each guest.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    As dreamdesigner mentioned, putting these cute umbrellas around a straw would be a great idea, and also a neat way for guests to identify their own drinks if using different patterned paper for each guest.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    I like the straw idea that someone has mentioned! I also like the thought of using long skewers for the stem to hold some fresh fruit.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    Cute, easy, fun!!! I lvoe it!

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    so cute! and perfect for my summer bbq this weekend!

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    Oh how cute! I'm going to make some for a baby shower with the cutest blue paper with booties printed on it...we are serving lemonade and this will be a "Good thing!"

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    I have loved these tiny umbrellas since I was a little girl but never knew anyone who drank. LOL I will make them now. My grandaughter can use them for Barbie's next adventure.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    willi this work with scrapbook paper?

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    I would think any decorative paper would work, including wrapping paper. Either brown paper decorated with trims or a stamped design. these could be made to co-ordinate with so many different themes!

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    I am thinking of doing this around a straw... cute and functional!

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    I will be making these for the next backyard party I help my friend throw! VERY cute!! Will probably be 4th of July so we will be using patriotic colors/patterns!!

  • 28 Jan, 2008

    i will make it for my little doll** quite lovely...