Something Else To Do with Those Little Tropical Drink Umbrellas

Aloha!  This post sort of answers the musing “If I were decorating for a luau or Lost marathon, I would make ______.”  (Insert paper umbrella wreath into the blank.)

I’ve seen variations of this on Pinterest before, so I decided to try my own.   I took a foam wreath, stuck in about four packs of Dollar Tree paper umbrellas (so maybe 48 in total?), and that was it!

It’s a little on the fragile side and definitely not good for an exterior door (paper umbrellas + rain = colorful goo).

But isn’t it pretty?


It’s nowhere near a finished product.  If I were starting over again, I would’ve first wrapped the foam in a colored tulle (or even white).  That way it masks the clashy clash forest green of the foam, but it still has holes for the toothpick ends of the umbrellas to go through.

You can’t see this less-than-pretty side unless you’re like me and stick your camera phone basically inside the wreath, but you can see glimpses of the green if you’re super close up:

Not as finished as I’d like.  For now, I’m enjoying it Monet style.  :)

Ooh!  I just had an idea!  Using this same method, you could paper umbrella topiaries, like these with paper flowers:

As it turns out, I have no tropical/luau-ish events coming up so I won’t be making them any time soon, but I’m thinking they would be really fun.  And cute…  two words that I don’t use very often, though entirely appropriate at this moment.

That’s all for now.  Have a fun and cute day, everyone!



Things that (P)inspire Me: DIY Christmas Wreaths

It’s a Pinterest party up in here this week, and today I want to talk about DIY Christmas Wreaths!

(What’s Pinterest?  Go their website and/or read my spiel about it.  There.  All better now.)

You may remember my wreath from my previous decorating post:

Currently, this is hanging on my bedroom door, but I don’t yet have one for my front door.  The bell wreath was a gift, but I knew that I wanted to try my hand at making the next one.  Check out my latest Pinterest finds — all DIY and all cost-effective (because we like it that way).


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A different take on a wreath -- a painted picture frame, with ornaments and a bow.

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Probably not the best choice for a front door, but I really like the method. Perhaps use Christmas cards instead?

OK, here’s where I derail… sort of.  So, I found those two lovely ideas (above) and then I remembered a concept I’d seen before:  paper cone wreaths.  I started searching for images so I could share with all of you — especially since I think this will be the kind of wreath I make — and somehow I ended up pinning nearly a dozen other paper cone wreaths.  Maybe this post should be called “Paper Cone Wreaths, Courtney’s New Obsession.”  I mean, seriously… it’s about to get a little silly.  So without further ado, my “sub post”:

Paper Cone Wreaths, Courtney’s New (slightly unhealthy) Obsession:

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One of the simpler versions. Still lovely.

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Another simple sheet music cone wreath.

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Similar to the one above, but with an angel figurine in the middle (That's the angel of the Lord, y'all!).

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Oooh... Now we're gettin' fancy! This was made with multiple cones at various angles (According to the website this came from, these are made from pages in an old book).

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Pretty girl... This wreath was made with pages from a romance novel (ooh la la!) and instead of rolling the pages into cones, she ruffled them by folding them in and attaching them to a styrofoam wreath base.

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Back to the cone idea, but this Etsy seller added colored paper around and inside some of the cones. Niiice... I think I've found the wreath I want to make :)

Yeah, that’s just some of them.  Like I said… I sort of got carried away.  Needless to say, there are MANY different types of wreaths out there… and many can be made  by YOU for next to nothing.

Once I get around to making mine (probably a version of the last one) I’ll definitely post pics here!

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