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Get Inspired: DIY Parasol Topiaries

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paper parasol tutorial

Don’t you just love it when you stumble on something fabulous by accident?

For example, while doing some research on parasol-themed centerpieces for a summer party, I came across this ultra-clever Paper Parasol Tutorial from Craft Stylish that utilizes inexpensive drink umbrellas in a party-perfect new way!

paper parasol tutorial

This idea for spring/summer parties in general – and I’m thinking the festive colors on this particular design would make it a great party decor idea for Cinco de Mayo festivities… maybe swapping out the traditional terra cotta pot for a more colorful pot/planter or using a small galvanized metal bucket (like the ones Mexican restaurants often use to serve Coronas). And for the filler at the top of the base – try sand, dry beans, or tortilla chips instead of rice.

And an easy way to modify this for a summer Luau: cover the base with tiki/hula skirt-style fringe (which you can purchase or create yourself using raffia), and fill the base with sand and sea shells. It would also be cute to mix a few tropical flower blooms in with the paper parasols at the top of the topiary.

What else could we do with this concept? =)

By | 2013-05-03T16:49:57+00:00 April 23rd, 2010|Cinco de Mayo, Free Printables, Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Kim - The TomKat Studio April 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    What a great idea!

  2. Eleanor April 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    These are great! So festive!

  3. Alexis April 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Love it, so colorful and fun!

  4. Nicole April 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    So cute! But what I really want to know is where that adorable teapot is from! I love it!

  5. Sarah April 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Looove IT!

  6. Allyson April 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Baby showers! Blue/Green/Yellow for boy, Pink/Green/Yellow for girls with coordinating ribbon! Or all white (Do they exist?) for a summer wedding. This would be cute for beach parties too. OOOooooo, juices are flowing! Love this idea.

  7. The Fairy April 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I could see these at a carnival party too!

  8. Victoria Persich April 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Im from Westtern Australia and just found this website amasing I particularly love this one. Fabulous work….

  9. Pamela Smerker April 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    How clever is that! I love the colors and the idea!

  10. bilo April 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    So festive, especially with the bright colors!

  11. Sarah Wedding April 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    What a simple and eye catching idea! Perfect for an outdoor wedding shower by the pool! For a different take on this look, you could even pray paint the umbrellas gold!

  12. neli April 24, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Wow !!!!
    I love them!!!!

  13. Courtney April 24, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Love it! So festive!

  14. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} April 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

    What a really cute idea! So fun and summer-y!

  15. Miranda @ Howdy Stranger April 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Wow! these are fantastic! I’ve seen this done with ricepaper lamp shades as well….

  16. Rowaida Flayhan April 25, 2010 at 4:56 am

    lovely idea! Jenn I miss your tweets!

  17. Kristy ~ Posh Pixels Design Studio April 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Fabulous! I love it!

  18. Susan April 26, 2010 at 4:56 am

    This is an adorable idea!

  19. House of Many Hues April 26, 2010 at 5:52 am

    This is such a great idea! I love the look of topiaries and have purchased many rosemary and mini-evergreen ones – all dead! I either water it too much or too little. This is a sure winner!

  20. Gwen April 26, 2010 at 6:36 am

    This is so adorable! I’m ready for a summer BBQ.

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