Paper Parasol Centerpiece




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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


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


    9 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.