How-To: Playful Party Straws

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By Jenny Ryan
I hate when I set my drink down at a party and end up losing it because it looks exactly like everyone else’s. Wine charms help to solve this problem if you’re drinking wine, but what about other drinks … or at a kid’s party? Here’s a quick and simple project you can make in no time flat that will help your party guests keep track of their beverages while adding a punch of color to your event at the same time.

Partystraws Materials


Colored cardstock
Scissors, regular or pinked-edge
Glue stick
X-Acto knife
Mod Podge,
Drinking straws,
cute striped ones are available all over Etsy!
Party Straws PDF

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Partystraws Step1
Step 1: Print out the party straws PDF onto plain white paper (or print onto white cardstock if you’d rather skip steps 3-4).
Partystraws Step2And3
Step 2: Cut out the patterned circles using regular scissors or use pinked-edge scissors if you’d prefer a scalloped look.
Step 3: Apply a thin layer of glue stick to the back of each patterned circle, then smooth it glue side down onto some colored cardstock.
Partystraws Step4
Step 4: Once the glue is dry, cut the patterned circles out once again, this time leaving a small bit of colored cardstock visible as a border.
Optional step: If desired, brush with Mod Podge to form a protective seal.
Partystraws Step5And6
Step 5: Using an X-Acto knife, cut two slits into the center of each circle, then slip onto a straw as shown above. Pop into your drink and enjoy!
Partystraws Final
Tip: These circles would also be fun way to decorate cupcakes! Just follow steps 1-4, then glue a toothpick onto the back of each circle to create a cupcake topper.
About the Author:
Author Jennyryan
Jenny Ryan is an artist, crafter, and maker of things. She lives in Los Angeles with a pack of various animals (including her husband) and writes about her adventures in creating at Exit Through the Thrift Shop.

4 thoughts on “How-To: Playful Party Straws

  1. craftymodern says:

    Such a sweet idea and great pics. Thanks!

  2. How to make playful party straws. says:

    […] Someone along the way turned me into a drink-with-straw person, and I don’t know who it was (or is it whom?). I thought this playful party straws idea spotted on CRAFT was super cute – that way the next time you’re at a picnic, you and your friends can have matching stripey straws but not be afraid of swapping spit. If you make these with Mod Podge, they be durable enough to save for a second round. Get the tutorial here. […]

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