Jul 19

DIY Drink Umbrellas

by Jenny Batt

Another adventure in sprucing up a few party supplies you probably already have, or do you? When I was grabbing some paper lanterns the other day I found these gigantic paper drink umbrellas. I’ve never been a fan of the patterned papers on the umbrellas, am I the only one who ever wonders why can’t they just make something plain for once, so I figured fringe would cover them up nicely. You see fringe has been on my mind a lot lately and I just can’t quit. I made some tiny bits of fringe to fix up these boring umbrellas and make them spunky again. Who wouldn’t smile when you hand them a drink with one of these in it?

You will need:

large drink umbrellas
scissors
tissue paper
double stick tape

Keep your tissue paper folded and cut 1/2 to 3/4 inch strips off the end. Cut tiny fringe off one side of the strips. Open your umbrella and cover each rib with double stick tape that covers the length. At each edge, add extra strips of tape as needed. Starting at the bottom, wrap fringe around edge spiraling towards the center of the umbrella. Add new strips of fringe as needed. Once you have covered the entire top of the umbrella, fluff the fringe with your finger.

Pop this in a iced beverage and enjoy.  These are huge and that is a big part of what makes them so fun.  You can always make mini versions of these for traditional sized umbrellas, too.  Now think hard, when was the last time you had a drink that had an umbrella in it? Isn’t it about time you did again?

 

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