How to make a tissue paper parasol or umbrella

Updated February 21, 2017

A tissue-paper parasol is an elegant and practical accessory for an outdoor wedding or other party, or as a home accent. Inexpensive paper parasols are widely available from speciality retailers, but the available colours and prints may not suit your needs. Create your own unique tissue-paper parasol by customising an existing one.

Examine the purchased parasol carefully, to see whether it is a single piece or is made from several individual gores.

Remove the original paper from the parasol frame. Clean off as much glue residue as possible, with a damp cloth.

Stack several sheets of tissue paper together. Trace the original pattern onto the top sheet, and cut out the tracing. Mark and cut a hole in the centre.

Use a small paintbrush to apply glue along each spine of the paper umbrella frame. Lay tissue paper pieces into place on the spines, gently pressing into the glue. Repeat for the remaining sections or circles, allowing the glue on each layer to dry before adding a new layer.

Seal the tissue-paper parasol with a single coat of a decoupage sealer, or with a spray sealer to improve durability.

Add ribbons or trims to the top of the parasol, or glue them along the edges.


Experiment with stiff paper on a simple wooden skewer or narrow dowel, for very small paper parasols.

Things You'll Need

  • Old paper parasol
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • White glue
  • Decoupage or spray sealer
  • Ribbons or trims
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With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.