Patriotic Parasols

Add a colorful punch to your Fourth of July bash.

By Carrie Hamilton

For Smart

Colorful umbrellas are fun and functional.

You can add them to a wooden skewer to help each of your guests identify their drinks and double as a swizzle stick.

Be sure to use skewers that are a little taller than your glasses so the umbrella won't dip into the drink.

All you have to do is print out these umbrella patterns.

Then follow these easy instructions.


1. Cut out the umbrellas along the dotted lines. Use scissors to make a slit to the center as marked.

2. Form the cone shape for each umbrella by overlapping the edges slightly. Secure the edges with nontoxic glue or double-sided tape. Allow the glue to dry.

3. Add a dot of glue to the underside of the umbrella in the center. Push the pointed end of the skewer through the center of the umbrella, until it sticks out slightly.

4. Top off each umbrella with a small bead by gluing it to the end of the skewer. This will protect anyone from getting poked with the skewer, plus it makes for a nice finished look. Allow the glue to dry completely before using.


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