It would be nearly impossible to improve on the cocktail umbrella, a staple of backyard luaus and fancy hotel bars. But the homemade parasols shown here,floating in tumblers of lemonade on the rocks,are the most elegant. Created with origami paper.
A soup can make a handy template for origami paper umbrella tops. Cut paper with pinking shears or scallop scissors for a decorative edge. From each circle remove a pie slice shape measuring about 1/8 of the circumference. Fashion into a cone, slightly overlapping straight ends; use a glue stick or double sided tape to secure. Dab white craft glue inside the nose of cone,and pierce tip with a wooden skewer;allow to dry.