Introduction: Paper Parasol Centerpiece

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This pretty centerpiece from Jeffery Rudell over at CraftStylish is a snap to make and will brighten any luncheon table or brunch buffet.

Step 1: Materials

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Begin with styrofoam standards (18" tall, available at Michael's, A.C. Moore, or other craft suppliers) and a box of Paper Cocktail Parasols (available at larger grocery stores).

Step 2: Being Inserting Parasols Into Styrofoam

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Insert the toothpick-ends of the parasols into the styrofoam globes beginning at the top and working downward.

Step 3: Spacing Parasols Around the Globe

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Notice that the orange, yellow and pink parasols were inserted first and then the green parasols were used to "cover" the areas in between where the styrofoam globe was showing through.

Step 4: Wrap the Stem With Ribbon

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Wrap the stem of your standard with a length of ribbon, securing each end to the styrofoam with a straight pin.

Step 5: Fill the Flowerpot With Rice or Other Grain

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Place your standard into a clay or decorative flowerpot and add a handful of rice (or grain or beans) as a decorative "soil".

Step 6: The Finished Pieces on Display

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The finished pieces add a bit of whimsy to a weekend luncheon table. Find many more paper projects from this crafter over at


kbarkley (author)2011-07-06

how many umbrellas do u need for one plant ?

jeffrudell (author)kbarkley2011-07-12

You should figure between 50-60 umbrellas per standard. Less if you open the umbrellas more fully, more if you open them less fully. I used a box of 144 umbrellas and had a handful left over after completing this project.

Good luck.


something.arty (author)2009-09-10

This looks awesome! Can't wait to try it! :D

Browncoat (author)2009-05-07

Simple & pretty! Nice!

Weissensteinburg (author)2009-05-06

I like that =]

Tape-structable (author)2009-05-05

Very creative. 4.5/5 Wonder what this would look like with other shapes of Styrofoam.

mynameisjonas (author)2009-05-05

very nice, from a way back it almost looks like a cactus.

fwjs28 (author)2009-05-05

very interesting...i like the teapot too...5/5

scoochmaroo (author)2009-05-05

I want that tea pot.

jeffrudell (author)scoochmaroo2009-05-05

That's and Earl of Dundonald teapot and I just love it. You can find them online on eBay at times. If you want, there are also a number of much less expensive knock offs (I have one of those, too) that are made in China and are somewhat more practical simply because they are quite a bit sturdier than the "authentic" models. You might check out: for a pretty good quality one. :-) Jeffery

scoochmaroo (author)jeffrudell2009-05-05

Hello! Nice tip! Thanks!

Ananand (author)2009-05-05

Great, easy to follow, and very simple. 4.5 stars :D

jeffrudell (author)Ananand2009-05-05

Thanks for your comment. Simple and clear are exactly what I aim for in my tutorials. Thanks for taking the time to let me know that I hit the mark. I appreciate it.

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