Make a Cocktail Umbrella

You know those decorative umbrellas they put in drinks? They are called "cocktail umbrellas" and were supposedly used to shade the ice in your cold drink from melting.

When I first saw one of those I loved the idea of it. A miniature umbrella that really opens and closes!

Now you can make your own cocktail umbrella that really works with household items.
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Step 1: Get Materials

To make your own cocktail umbrella you will need these items:

  • A Bamboo Skewer
  • Thin Cardboard (I used a cereal box.)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Paper (This is used for the canopy. You can also use wax paper or whatever you want. Just make sure it is not too thick.)

You will also need these tools:

  • A Straight-Edge (I used a protractor.)
  • X-Acto Knife

Step 4: Form Umbrella Frame

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Tape the top of each support one by one using tape to the bamboo skewer. So tape one support and wrap the tape around. Then do the next one and so on... You will want that ring to stay in place so use tape to make sure it doesn't detach.

For the bottom part of the support tape two of them together. Do that for all of them. So you will end up with four groups of two supports. Now tape two of the groups together and repeat for the other side. So now you have two groups. Finally, tape the two groups together. Don't make it too tight or too loose. You want it to "lock" at the top of the umbrella from the taper of the tape. For this ring you want it to be able to slide so don't tape too much.
I'm definitely not trying to be rude because my intentions are not like that, I was just wondering why it is that your cocktail umbrella isn't very.. er well put together? like the cardboard holders are a great idea and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that you put this up because i've been searching hours to find this tutorial so I mean no disrespect. D:

I really do like the idea but it's a bit hard for me to follow because you're not very detailed with your descriptions or precise.

Please don't take offense. I may just be the slowest learner on the planet! :P
Awesome instructions! Just what I was looking for :) But I wanted to use it for the Lord Ganesh Festival where we use an umbrella as an accessory for the idol :) This is just fantastic... Thanks a lot!
kevinvos3 years ago
why he don't work so good as a real one?
Lovely! God job1
chile.limon5 years ago
Zazu5 years ago
FINALLY.. like seriously .. this is great! one of my fave instructables ever.. maybe coz it has a special meaning for me!
9ATICA5 years ago
These umbrellas are awesome. Do you happen to have the measurements of the cardboard you used?
BrianKT (author)  9ATICA5 years ago
The strips I used were 4" long and 1/8" wide. But use whatever you think is appropriate.
truovrld5 years ago
Aww... I miss read it... I was hoping for a full (human) sized 'cocktail' umbrella. Good Instructable, though.