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DIY Paper Drink Umbrella

Twirl up summer cocktails with festive paper umbrellas ready-made for poolside happy hour.

Spruce up summer drinks with a drink umbrella that feels more patio than parasol. Add it to one of our favorite summer drink recipes and enjoy it as you relax on the front porch or patio. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be sipping in style in no time.

  1. Fold a piece of 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper into quarters. Trace and cut out a 3- to 4-inch circle from center of paper. A large can or small desserts plate works well for this.
  2. If your circles are 3 to 3 ½ inches, fold each circle into eighths. If your circles are 3 1/2 to 4 inches, fold them into sixteenths.
  3. Cut away top edges of folded circles so that they are curved like a semicircle at the top. Unfold circles.
  4. Cut one heart-shaped section of each circle out and remove.
  5. Color (with coloring pencils, watercolor paint pens, or paint) every other triangle. You can use two different colors and a ruler to stay within the lines, if desired.
  6. Place a piece of tape on the back of the paper along the edge of one of the exposed edges and tape down the other exposed edge, being sure they line up.
  7. Fold down rounded edges at the points that they meet the paper.
  8. Glue a wooden skewer (cut to desired length) to the inside point of the umbrella.

Any mom would rather receive something meaningful and from the heart as opposed to an expensive present. After you serve her a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed or even bake up a delicious Mother’s Day cake, it’s time to give Mom a special keepsake to remind her how much she is loved. These easy Mother’s Day crafts will make for the best Mother’s Day gifts—because they’re simple for even the littlest ones to put together. Mom will happily display these crafty creations around the home. From homemade picture frames to our instructions on how to make paper flowers, these beautiful ideas will look stunning in any room.

Some of these crafts will prove useful around your home or backyard, including the milk carton bird feeder and personalized photo coasters. There are also great ideas specifically for Mom, like the handprint apron, DIY coloring page bracelets, and even a crown for her to wear during all your Mother’s Day activities. Your kids will love getting creative and making something that they know their mom will cherish. While they’re busy at work with these crafts, you can tackle some DIY Mother’s Day crafts of your own, whether for your own parent or for other special moms you know. Even if not tied to any particular holiday, these Mother’s Day crafts will work perfectly for some fun spring crafts on a sunny afternoon.

Fabric Covered Paper Weight

Make Mom’s desk pretty with a personalized paperweight. Start by cutting fabric into strips. Adhere to a small rock (2 to 3 inches) with glossy Mod Podge. Cut an initial, or “M” for “Mom,” and a heart from felt and adhere to the top of the rock. Allow to dry completely.