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Festive Drink Umbrellas

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

Photography: Wendell T. Webber

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2001


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.


  • Paper
  • Pinking shears or scallop scissors
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape

  • Craft glue

  • Wooden skewer
  • Scissors


  1. Cut paper with pinking shears or scallop scissors for a decorative edge.
  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. Dab white craft glue inside nose of cone, and pierce tip with a wooden skewer (snip skewer for a custom fit); allow to dry.

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