23 Apr

Get Inspired: DIY Parasol Topiaries

Get Inspired: DIY Parasol Topiaries

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!

Get Inspired: DIY Parasol Topiaries

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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43Comments

1
Kim - The TomKat Studio SAYS:

What a great idea!

Reply April 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

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Eleanor SAYS:

These are great! So festive!

Reply April 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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Alexis SAYS:

Love it, so colorful and fun!

Reply April 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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Nicole SAYS:

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

Reply April 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

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Sarah SAYS:

Looove IT!

Reply April 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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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.

Reply April 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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The Fairy SAYS:

I could see these at a carnival party too!

Reply April 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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Victoria Persich SAYS:

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

Reply April 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

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Pamela Smerker SAYS:

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

Reply April 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

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bilo SAYS:

So festive, especially with the bright colors!

Reply April 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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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!

Reply April 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

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neli SAYS:

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

Reply April 24, 2010 at 2:30 am

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Courtney SAYS:

Love it! So festive!

Reply April 24, 2010 at 10:32 am

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} SAYS:

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

Reply April 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

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Miranda @ Howdy Stranger SAYS:

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

Reply April 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

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