This is one of those projects that I have wanted to make for a very long time- I kept meaning to start it, but other projects kept cutting in line. I also never remembered to look for drink / cocktail parasols at stores- so I finally buckled down the other day, hopped on Etsy, and purchased two boxes of vintage drink umbrellas. I ended purchasing two different styles- larger ones from the 50s and smaller, brighter ones from the 60s or 70s.
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For the crafting wreath, I had three options: (a) Styrofoam; (b) Grapevine; or (c) Straw. I talked myself out of using a foam one because, well, I really don’t like purchasing Styrofoam (the hippie in me) and I don’t like the local store options of foam wreathes: skinny/round or fat/flat. Grapevine, while plausible, would have required a store run…whereas I had already thrifted a plain straw wreath a while back! So ta-da, the choice was made.
In my opinion, this craft defines the difference between “simple” and “easy”. It’s certainly simple, because the only step involves poking the umbrellas into the wreath in the design (or randomness) of your choosing.
And while not difficult, this craft isn’t without some frustration and pain. Paper drink umbrellas are temperamental little buggers- you’ll have duds, you’ll occasionally blow through the white topper, the crepe paper will rip, and you’ll likely crush a few cocktail parasols along the way. My right index finger was also numb for hours after completing this thing. I grappled with scissors to snip off the long sticks that pierced through the back, and I ran out of wreath to grasp onto when finishing up.
It’s worth it in the end.
And hanging on our red door? PERFECTION.
Cute and festive, right?? Perfect for the latter half of summer- but beware, you’ll desire an icy, tropical elixir every time you come home.