D.I.Y. Mini Paper Umbrellas

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One favorite way to embellish a cocktail drink traditionally is by putting a mini paper umbrella into a piece of fruit slice and propping it by the rim of the glass. You can easily find these umbrellas sold in packs at the supermarket. That gets a little boring though, doesn’t it? How about making your own to spice up your next summer party drink or canapé? Here is a tutorial for you.


What You Need:

  • Colored paper (paper shown and used here is available from Prints)
  • Pointy ends toothpicks
  • Small beads (the hole should be big enough to fit through the tip of a toothpick)
  • Sequins
  • White / Ceramic glue (white glue works better)
  • Scalloped circle or circle punch (optional)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors

Mini Paper Umbrella

What To Do:

1. Have all your materials ready.

2. Punch out your scalloped circles. If you don’t have a punch, it’s okay! You can simply cut out circles or whatever shape you wish for your mini umbrellas.

3. Using a pair of scissors, cut out approximately a 1/8 slice of your circle, and then stick a piece of double-sided tape to one edge. Close the gap of your circle to create a 3-dimensional umbrella shape. One easy way to find the center of your circle is by folding your circle into half and then further fold into a quarter – use a piece of scrap paper to make another circle to do this so that your umbrella won’t need to have the folds!

4. To prepare your toothpick, first, wrap a piece of tape around it about 2mm down from the tip. The piece of tape can be about 5cm long – or as long as it create sufficient thickness to be able to hold your sequin stable.

5. Slide your paper umbrella on to your toothpick. The sequin should be able to hold the paper stable. Next, put some glue at the exposed tip of the toothpick and fix a piece of bead on top. The bead is there to further stabilize your paper and for embellishment.

6. Your umbrellas are ready to decorate your summer drink / party canape!


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