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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|44 Comments

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JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource. HWTM brings creative entertaining ideas to light through an inspirational “how-to” website and popular daily blog. Having hosted countless celebrations herself, ranging from special occasion showers and everyday get-togethers to large events, Sbranti now shares her contemporary style and no-fuss approach to entertaining with others. Her ideas have been featured in media outlets such as People, InStyle Weddings, Life&Style, Real Simple, and Extra! TV, and she is a featured contributor for several well-respected online communities, including iVillage.com and BHG.com. Sbranti resides in San Diego with her husband {and business partner} Sonny and their sweet 1-year old daughter, Macy.


  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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