Get Inspired: DIY Parasol Topiaries

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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? =)

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

44 responses to “Get Inspired: DIY Parasol Topiaries”

  1. Eleanor says:

    These are great! So festive!

  2. Alexis says:

    Love it, so colorful and fun!

  3. Nicole says:

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

  4. Allyson says:

    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.

  5. The Fairy says:

    I could see these at a carnival party too!

  6. Victoria Persich says:

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

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

  8. bilo says:

    So festive, especially with the bright colors!

  9. Sarah Wedding says:

    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!

  10. neli says:

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

  11. Courtney says:

    Love it! So festive!

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

  13. Miranda @ Howdy Stranger says:

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

  14. lovely idea! Jenn I miss your tweets!

  15. Kristy ~ Posh Pixels Design Studio says:

    Fabulous! I love it!

  16. Susan says:

    This is an adorable idea!

  17. 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!

  18. Gwen says:

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