MAKE A COOL COCKTAIL UMBRELLA WITH THIS DIY VIDEO

We’ve shown you these before but this week we’re showing them off at A Most Curious Wedding Fair, so we’ve made a video tutorial as well. Plus, who doesn’t love a decorated drink? These cool cocktail umbrellas are perfect for a wedding, party, or when you really just need to feel like you’re on holiday for five minutes while you scoff a G&T before the bloody school run. Wait – what?… Never mind… Ahem.

Cocktail umbrellas. Gotta love ‘em – and they’re super easy to make too. Check it out:

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  • Paper
  • Scissors or pinking shears
  • A bamboo skewer
  • Toothpicks
  • PVA glue
  • Blu-tack

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1. Take your chosen paper for the umbrella canopy. On the reverse, draw around a roll of tape. Cut out with pinking shears.
2. Fold the disk of paper in half. Fold in half again matching up the first fold lines.
3. You now need to get two more folds in between each quarter fold. I did this by eye but you could measure it if you have a protractor. You need 12 even sections.
4. You now need to cut out two of the sections, BUT leaving a small flap on which you will use double-sided tape or glue to meet the next section of the umbrella top.
5. You now have an umbrella top that has ridges and a very shallow cone shape.
6. Have your bamboo cocktail sticks (x10) ready to trim. Take one and place it in one of the ridges on the underside of the umbrella top.
7. Poke the chiselled end out just a little way out from under the umbrella. In the underside of the umbrella you need to mark the pointed end of the cocktail stick – you’re going to cut a little bit off the end so that when all the sticks are glued in they form a ring just away for the umbrella pinnacle. You should need to cut off about 1cm.
8. Line up your cut cocktail stick next to the other 9 sticks and cut the same amount off each of these.
9. One by one, take the 10 trimmed bamboo cocktail sticks and apply a thin line of glue along each one.
10. Turn your umbrella top over. Press into the folds between each section on the underside of the umbrella top, so that the chiselled end sticks out a little from the umbrella top edge.
11. The inner ends of the sticks should form a ring at the pinnacle of the umbrella top, each stick fitting neatly beside the next. Set aside for awhile to dry.
12. Take your long bamboo stick and cut to the desired length for your umbrella pole. Apply a dollop of glue on to the non-pointy end. Press it into the pinnacle of the underside of the umbrella top.
13. Stand it up on a lump of Blu-Tack/Play-Doh or similar until completely dried.
Remember to think about the weight of the umbrella top and how it will balance in your glass. Use a cherry or an olive as a weight. Use a light, origami-style paper to keep the umbrella top light.
Add your decoration: tiny pom poms. Cut-outs. Beads. Danglies etc.
Pour yourself a drink!
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Design & words: Ruth Howes
Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child