Bring A Little Shade and Pizzaz To Your Drink
Because your drink deserves to be fancy
Happy National Watermelon Day! Did you even know that was a thing? I didn’t until I looked in my new Ban.do planner and it pretty much pointed it out to me. I’m all about this so called holiday, especially since it falls in the Summer. There’s nothing like biting into a crisp, cold, sweet piece of watermelon on a hot summer day. I mean, besides maybe sipping on a watermelon flavored adult beverage. Which happens to be what inspired this project. I was knee deep in making all sorts of watermelon decorations, when I put a few different ideas together to form these little bad boys. My original idea was bright and summery, but then I realized I was running out of certain colored paper. No problem, I switched it up and made these fit for, what I would think is an adorable idea, a sweet little baby shower. I pulled out my lighter greens and pinks and added a little glitter, then paired with some light blue and white striped straws! You can really customize these umbrellas to fit any celebrations.
Silhouette Cutting Machine
Silhouette Adhesive Cardstock (I used this one HERE)
Pink and Green Yardstick (My Favorite Brand HERE)
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive (Find it HERE)
Silhouette Glitter (I used Mint found HERE)
E-Z Runner (Bargain Pack HERE)
Yoobi Gel Pens (THESE are great)
Hot Glue Gun
Silhouette Umbrella Design #83695
Silhouette Watermelon Design #194923
Ice Cold Cocktail!
Create and Cut Design Pieces
Open your Umbrella design into Silhouette Studio. Ungroup and delete the two flags, unless you would like to use them in your design. Move the single pieces of the umbrella to the side until ready to cut later.
With only the main umbrella design on the screen, load your Green card stock onto your cutting mat and Send to Silhouette to cut.
Now, move the umbrella design to the side and replace with the single pieces.
Load your Double-Sided Adhesive paper onto your cutting machine and send to Silhouette to cut.
Open your Watermelon design into your design area, and delete all but the two smallest slices. If you’d like, you can go crazy and use both pieces, but I kept mine simple.
With the larger slice on the screen only, load your adhesive card stock, and send to Silhouette to cut.
Then, replace with the smaller slice on your screen.
Load your pink card stock and send to Silhouette to cut.
Putting the Pieces Together
I used my Yoobi Gel Pens to create little seeds on the pink watermelon pieces. You could have cut them out of card stock, but I wanted a little hand made feel to these.
Adhere the pink slices on top of the Sea Mist colored large slices using your e-z runner. Put these aside for later.
Peel of the back of your single umbrella pieces and adhere them to every other piece of your main umbrella, then peel the top layer off.
Sprinkle your glitter onto the exposed sticky pieces, rubbing it in with your fingers.
Fold the perforated pieces and use your e-z runner to adhere the tab to the other side of the umbrella, to officially form your umbrella.
Adhere your watermelon slices to the desired area of your umbrella. (Yeah, even I smudge my ink sometimes!)
Using a glue gun, place a small amount at the top, inside of your umbrella, and place the toothpick slightly through the hole. Hold straight until dried.
Enjoy Your Drink
Like I said, these can be customized to fit your party preference. I think these light colors work so great for a baby shower (“Don’t eat the seeds” themed). Use brighter, vibrant colors for a summer bash, or get creative with different prints. The best thing about drink umbrellas, is that they double as protective covers for your drinks! Bye-bye bugs!