Ever since we did the Umbrella Party Theme, I’ve been thinking a lot about one of the ideas – Umbrellas on straws & skewers. Come rain or sunshine, umbrellas seem to be everywhere. So, when it’s a party, why not make these? Seriously, I can’t think of too many reasons. They are inexpensive & easy to make. And, they take a few minutes from start to finish. No wonder we made them for our spur of the moment Sunday brunch!
Time: 10 minutes/umbrella & 5 minutes/skewer
- Skewer Sticks
- Thick Paper
- Glue drops/ glue
Steps for umbrella straws:
- Cut out a circle. I can never get an even circle freehand, so I usually trace a small circular object and cut it, on the outline.
- Fold the circle in half. Unfold and fold it in the exact opposite direction. Repeat the same in the middle of each quarter. Make sure to fold them all from the same direction and make deep creases in the paper.
- Fold on the lines and draw a scallop on one of the folds. This helps get even scallops for all the sides.
- Cut on the scallop outline. And touch up with small cuts wherever they aren’t even.
6. Fold all the panels on top of each other and make a tiny cut at the tip. This is to make the hole in the centre. It’s important that this cut is small, as it will look bigger when opened up.
7. Taking one of the panel edges (usually an untidy one, like mine!) make a cut along the edge to the centre of the cutout.
8. Paste the flaps on either side of the cutout on top of each other.
10. Leaving a little space of the top, paste glue drops on around the straw.
If you want to make it even simpler and quicker, you can skip the scallops and hole in the centre. This way, you can make skewers instead. In short, what you do is:
- Cutout and paint a circle.
- Make 8 even folds on the circle.
- Cut from one edge to the centre from any one fold and paste either sides of it together.
- Paste a glue drop on the skewer.
- Push a stick through the centre
Things to keep in mind:
- Skewers will need smaller circles than straws.
- I wouldn’t spend a lot of time detailing the cutouts. Since, DIY straws & skewers are probably for one time uses & will get disposed quickly.
- Make sure to space the folds evenly.
- Try to stay within the design as much as possible. It will make the design look much neater.
And that’s about it for the tutorial! If you would like to read up on our umbrella themed party, you can click here. Let us know if you try this tutorial! We would love the see the results.