Monday, July 11, 2011

Make Your Own HandCrafted Coordinating Drink Umbrellas

Who doesn't love a little flair in their drinks?  
We had a Babies & Bunco ladies night for our Sunday Connect class to celebrate the mommas that had a baby since we had started the class.  With a class for Parents of Preschoolers, we figured there were a lot of showers in our future if we did one for each momma so we decided to do a group celebration instead.  Eventually we will do this quarterly or twice a year.  Anyway, we wanted to keep the decorations gender neutral so I went with Stampin' Up's color, Crumb Cake.  I didn't have Designer Series Paper in that color so thankfully, with My Digitial Studio, I could just print out a wide variety of designs with this color.  That is the {one of many} nice things about that program because you have an endless suppply of designs & colors that can be instantly printed without the delay of purchasing and waiting.
My co-party-coordinator, Jennifer, asked if we could make umbrellas to coordinate with the Congratulations banner.  I hadn't caught that was the "new" thing but thought it was a fun idea.  Anything with paper, I am on board!  I should have known about them.  After I made them, I happen to notice one of the featured cover projects of the latest Summer Mini Catalog had them on it.  Way to go SU for being up with the trends, even if I was clueless.  ;)
I had to use my Sizzix, well, because I have one and it makes things so much quicker and easy.  I did find a nice tutorial of a gal that did them using the old plastic stencil and scissors way and it is here.
Here is my quick tutorial on them.
I punched out the largest scallop circle from Scallops Circle #2 Bigz Die then cut a slit up to the center.
I used hot glue because of the fast set up and the stiffness makes me think it is more sturdy.
I just lay the edges over each other till the edge kind of matched up. Some cut out a small triangle..either way would work I bet.
Next I used a dab of hot glue in center of the inside of the umbrella to adhere the lollipop stick.  You could also use small wood skewers {less expensive}.
Sorry it's blurry. :(
Not rocket science but fun what you can do with paper and a little glue!
I used a variety of designs with the same color which also coordinated with the banner {coming soon}
Fancy Hipsmatic pictures courtesy of Jennifer Cook.
 Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. oh! i love this idea amy! we love umbrellas and flag picks in our food and drink. what a cool way to customize!