There are heaps of mini drink umbrella tutorials on Pinterest and it was seeing them constantly popping on my stream that gave my the idea to make some for a picnic we had. All of the tutorial I saw were for plain round umbrellas not for crinkled ones which I prefer. The round ones are quite cute but they are hell to have to pack up to take to a picnic.

So after 10 minutes playing with some pretty paper this was the result:



You need:

  • Pretty paper
  • Glue
  • Toothpicks
  • A cup
  • A pencil


Put the cup on the pretty paper and trace around the outside.



Taadaa circle!



Cut the circle out.



Now repeat for however many of these you need.


Now the folding, this is the tricky-ish part. Fold the circle in half, then again in half another 3 times so it’s just a tiny wedge. When you unfold it the creases won’t be the right way to make the accordion pattern so refold any that don’t fit the pattern: mountain, valley, mountain, valley etc

You should end up with this:



Poke the toothpick through the center and if you need to, glue it in place with a tiny dot.



Leave them to dry and then enjoy your umbrellas!



Perfect for picnics or fancy drinks. The best part is that you can fold them up and stick a rubber band around them to pack them for transport. Cute and practical!



Now I think it’s time to organise another picnic!