Summer Wreath or Cinco de Mayo Decorations with Cocktail Umbrellas

Summer Wreath or Cinco de Mayo Decorations with Cocktail Umbrellas

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 cocktail umbrellas when I was shopping. So I finally buckled down the other day, hopped on Etsy, and purchased two boxes of vintage drink umbrellas. Now I could finally make a summer wreath or Cinco de Mayo decorations that would fun and festive for my front door!

Cocktail umbrellas and vintage drink umbrellas to be upcycled for Cinco de May decorations or summer wreath by Sadie Seasongoods

To create this summer wreath / fiesta wreath, I also used a plain straw wreath form that I found at a thrift store. Styrofoam would also be an option, but as you can guess, I’m not a big fan of Styrofoam as a general rule!

Vintage drink umbrellas for upcycling into fiesta wreath or summer wreath for Cinco de Mayo or pool party by Sadie Seasongoods

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Making a Fiesta Wreath / Summer Wreath with Cocktail Umbrellas

The only real “step” to this project is inserting the cocktail umbrellas or drink umbrellas into the wreath form. But it’s not as easy as it sounds, as drink umbrellas tend to be ornery at times, or even break.

But I persevered and began poking the wreath form with the cocktail umbrella sticks. I started with the larger ones and then filled in the gaps with the smaller ones.

Making a summer wreath by using a straw wreath form from the thrift store and cocktail umbrellas by Sadie Seasongoods

I continued around the wreath form, filling in the front and sides with cocktail umbrellas.

Attaching the cocktail umbrellas to a straw wreath form to create a fiesta wreath or Cinco de Mayo decorations by Sadie Seasongoods

And while not difficult, this summer wreath wasn’t without some frustration and pain. Some of my cocktail umbrellas were duds, the crepe paper ripped on a couple of them, and I simply broke a few of the smaller ones.


It was completely, 100% worth it in the end. Because my fiesta wreath was SO colorful and festive – perfect for a summer pool party or Cinco de Mayo decorations.

Cinco de Mayo decorations or summer wreath with a straw wreath form and cocktail umbrellas that are vintage by Sadie Seasongoods

The last step was attaching a loop of ribbon to the back of the straw wreath form with a small safety pin. Then it was ready to hang on the door!

Upcycling Cocktail Umbrellas into a Summer Wreath for Fiesta Party Decorations

I hung it on our front door and was instantly energized. It literally screams “Fiesta!”, which is perfect for summer.

Upcycling the cocktail umbrellas into a fiesta wreath, summer wreath, or fiesta party decorations by Sadie Seasongoods

This would be perfect for Cinco de May decorations, a pool party, tiki bar decor, or anything festive all summer long. I will warn you, however, that if it is hung in direct sunlight, the colors will fade.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a summer wreath, then you may also be interested in these upcycling ideas for patriotic decor, as well!

Upcycling Ideas and Repurposed projects for Patriotic decor and Independence Day decorations compiled by Sadie Seasongoods

And for those hot, muggy, buggy summer nights? My all natural citronella candles in vintage planters keep the bugs away AND look adorable!

Mosquito candles with local beeswax in vintage planters

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  1. Very cute!!!!!

  2. I love this wreath!

  3. Very nice!

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  5. ishouldbemoppingthefloor says

    This has got to be one of the most fun and creative wreaths I have seen! It’s adorable, Sarah!

  6. This is so fabulous! I love it! Sharing!

  7. So cute, love the bright colors.

  8. How cheerful wreath! Brings you straight to beach πŸ™‚

  9. That’s the cutest thing ever – I just had a party this weekend past – that would have been absolutely perfect for it !
    Thanks for sharing – I’m pinning !
    Hopping over from The DIY Dreamer

  10. distresseddonna says

    Love the little umbrellas and think this is quite worthy of vintage ones. Fan- er, umbrella-tastic!

  11. This would be so much for a themed couples party! Thanks so much for sharing on Show-Licious!
    ~ Ashley

  12. I love the cute little umbrellas! What a great wreath idea. Very creative. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  13. Kim Anderson @ Thrifty Little Mom says

    This is ADORABLE! I put it on my Pinterest board called “Cheap Party Cheats” cause it would be awesome for a Hawaiian themed party. Smart Lady!

  14. seriously adorable!

  15. Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee says

    I totally love this wreath! It’s unique, creative and colorful. Three things I love in projects.

  16. This is SO CUTE! I want to make one myself!

  17. Love these umbrellas! and why you did with it is so beautiful! Well done.

  18. i love this! makes me want to throw a luau party and drink fruity cocktails πŸ™‚ so happy to have found you at the re-treat link party! can’t wait to check out the rest of your site – have a great weekend!

  19. promisinglypennywise says

    What a cute, colorful wreath! This looks perfect for summer too! Were the umbrellas expensive on Etsy? I love this!

  20. so adorable and happily colored!

  21. Such a fun summer wreath! I love drink umbrellas, of course I would have to have extra for frozen drinks ;).

  22. These umbrellas are so beautiful, I love the colorful outcome!

  23. What a fun wreath, Sadie! I love the colors, the simplicity, and the affordability!

    It even looks like a craft I might be able to do!

    Came over on Grandma Ideas, and I’m glad to find your site. I also followed you on Pinterest and pinned you here:

    Hope you have a blessed day~

  24. Visiting from Grandma Ideas

    Love this wreath. It’s bright and colorful, perfect for summer. Where did you get the umbrellas to make it? Which Etsy store?

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  25. Sarah, I absolutely love this umbrella wreath! It is so colorful I want to make one for my red door too:). Thank you so much for sharing this at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link:). I hope you are having a great week and take care, Tara

  26. mmstreeter1 says

    This is adorable. What a creative idea. I love little umbrellas and besides playing with them with my barbie dolls when little, never knew what to do with them. I’m not even into crafts and this just tickles me.

  27. So bright and festive! Thanks for the inspiration! Found your post @ Your Turn To Shine
    Kristine πŸ™‚ from

  28. Very pretty–and very fun! Those colors are gorgeous.

  29. Jann Olson says

    What a fun idea! Would be great for a tropical themed party also. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  30. eclecticshorebird says

    I LOVE the vintage umbrellas SO much nicer than what they make now. Thanks for sharing. This is the nicest one I’ve seen by far.

  31. So cute Sarah! You always come up with the most inventive adorable projects! Thanks for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I can’t wait to see what you’ve made this week!


  32. So pretty. I love the different patterns on these umbrellas.

  33. Very cute wreath! I made one of these for a Hawaiian Luau party when I was a teenager but I used those cheap-o umbrellas from the party store. These have really nice designs on them and it looks great! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  34. That is so bright and colorful. I love it!! Thanks for sharing at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party.

  35. What a fun, festive and creative idea!! Love it!! I am featuring this today, Friday, at the special edition MMM fantastic features!

  36. Oooh those are beautiful! What a great way to display them. Thanks for posting. Hello from Create Link Inspire.

  37. Debbie Briody says

    Love this idea! Is there a reason you chose the straw wreath over plain styrofoam? Just curious.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Environmental reasons, really. Styrofoam would work really well, I just go out of my way to avoid it. πŸ™‚

  38. Jeannie Wallace says

    I honestly am floored by the simplicity but beauty in this wreath. I’m also glad to hear you bought the drink umbrellas instead of personally collecting them lol. Great job.

  39. Sadie, how has this wreathe held up? Did it sunfade? Would spraying it with a clear spray slow down fading. Just got a box of umbrellas for .75 @ a yard sale, then came across this idea. Loved it!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Unfortunately I have no idea! A local reader purchased it from me shortly after I posted it on my blog. I warned her it might fade in direct sunlight but I don’t know what ended up happening to it.


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