OMG... this brings back memories of a Girl Scout badge... I made the flower out of fabric and pipe cleaners... the base was a dowel rod covered in green florist tape, and base was a painted flower pot... placing the finished flowers into the base and adding plaster of paris... Ta Da! I earned my Girl Scout badge! :)
Umbrella fun- you could use that noodle as the base. Duct tape it together. I wonder how Christmas fairy lights would look under the umbrellas. Great window display, or little girl's room idea. need to do this one!