I just love finding a new project that I can't wait to start designing a custom version of . . . and these handmade drink umbrellas are absolutely no exception. As of late, I have been all about retro striped straws with personalized flags, in fact, I was just making a few for my son's upcoming birthday party this Saturday (did I mention it was his FIRST??!!)
But my obsession is slowly changing to these swanky swirlies and I can't think of a better way to celebrate all that summer vacation means than to spruce up your next refreshing cocktail with one of these beauties.
Here's how it's done . . .
Handmade Drink Umbrellas
Difficulty Level: Easy!
Supplies You Will Need:
~ Decorative thick paper, cardstock, or a custom template
~ Wooden skewers or toothpicks
~ Circle cutter (optional, but useful) 3" is perfect-scalloped or straight edge, whatever you prefer . . .
~ Double sided tape
~ bead (optional)
~ a cold drink:)
***trouble-shooting tip: If you are using your own patterned paper, you can just trace a can or glass to make your circle templates. Make sure they are at least 3 inches in diameter or the umbrellas will be too small.
1.) First, use your circle cutter (or hand cut) 3" circles on a 12″x12″ sheet of paper (your standard size of decorative paper from Michael's). You can get 12 3″ circles out of one sheet.
2.) Draw a line from the bottom to the middle of the circle and cut along the line with your scissors . . .
3.) Overlap the cut edges about 1/4" & attach with glue or double-sided tape
4.) Put a drop of glue in the inside point of each umbrella and poke the sharp end of the toothpick or skewer through. You can glue a bead to the outside point of the toothpick if you would like to fancy things up a bit . . .
5.) Let dry, pop into your favorite cocktail, & enjoy!
A few examples to get your inspiration ball rolling:
You can never get enough black & white damask . . .
Breezy & Beautiful Floral Summer Stunners . . .
Festive Red, White, & Blue...perfect for a summer BBQ or 4th of July picnic, no?
A gorgeous set of personalized umbrellas (by Posh Paperie)
And my personal absolutely fab favorite, the ever beautiful dyed lace doily . . .
So cute, kitschy, & fun . . . and the perfect little project to make your next summer shindig a memorable one!
Partial Tutorial Courtesy of The Wedding Bee
Partial Tutorial Courtesy of Swanky Press