Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How-To Tuesday: Make Cocktail Umbrellas and Tag Charms

Happy How-To Tuesday everyone! Today we'll make little drink umbrellas and drink tags! I was back in Phoenix all last week and had a great time, but it is good to be back in Connecticut. My mom is improving so much with her speech and comprehension, it was very encouraging to see.

Today I'm decorating drink glasses that would be perfect for any spring BBQ's, picnics, or parties! So let's make those cute little umbrellas and charms....

Colored or Patterned Paper
Double Sided Tape
Bamboo Skewers or Toothpicks
Circle Punch (one inch)
Stamps and Ink

Step 1:  Pick out whatever fun paper you want to match your party theme, then trace a circle to cut. I used a veggie can and it was a perfect circle size.
Step 1: Trace your circles

Step 2: Cut the circle! You can also use patterned scissors to get different edges on your umbrellas. Then cut out a little pizza slice like in the picture...
Step 2: Cut circles and cut a pizza slice

Step 3: Wrap your circle to make a little cone. I used a thin piece of double sided tape to adhere the cone.

Step 4: Poke your bamboo skewer through the center of the cone, that's it! Easy right?  My umbrellas stayed in place on the skewer, but if yours do not then just add a drop of glue inside.  Then just cut the skewers to the perfect length for your party glasses.
Step 4: Poke the cone in the skewer!

Finished!! How simple is that?!

Need a little extra flair?? Let's make easy little charms for the glass stems! These would be a fun way for everyone to know which drink belonged to who, and you can match it to your party theme as well.

Step 1:  Use a 1" circle punch with white card stock, punch out how many you need

Step 2:  Stamp the circles with little stamps, use ink to match your umbrellas and get different colors. My little seaside stamps are from Inkadinkadoo.

Step 3:  Poke a little hole in the circle just large enough for a string to fit through. Then just tie them around the glassware! Isn't this so easy?!

Drink charms!

All finished! These only take a few minutes to put together and will definitely add a personal touch to your next party! I hope you got inspired to spice up those cocktail glasses!

<3 RWK
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  1. Cute!! I want to try these!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love drink charms, they prevent the old "is this your drink?" dilema! Names on them work well too!
    Love the little umbrellas too!

  3. It never occurred to me to make my own drink umbrellas! What a fabulous idea. Great tutorial!