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Watercolor Straw Flags DIY

For our 4th of July barbeque this year, I thought it would be festive to add mini American flags to the drink straws. So Caitlin, one of our crafters, painted a bunch with watercolors – and I love the way they turned out!  To make this project super easy, I’ve included her template below. Just print the flags, cut them out, and glue them to some white straws. Voila! It’s such an easy way to liven up your drink table. (PS – Don’t you think they’d be a fun compliment to this 4th of July Fiesta Garland?)

Click through for instructions.

Materials: Single-Sided American Flag Template or Double-Sided American Flag Template, Scissors, White Straws, Quick Dry Glue

Step 1: Download and print your preferred template.
Step 2: Cut the flags out along the lines.
Step 3: Wrap the tab on the flag around the straw and glue. Be sure to place it ΒΌ of the way down the straw so that you guests have room to sip.
Step 4: Let dry and serve with a delicious summer drink!

Photography by Kim A. Thomas for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Styling by Irene Yu
Crafting by Caitlin Barker and Stephanie Pressler

  1. Meg

    June 25, 2013

  2. Shena

    June 25, 2013

    I’d like to get the same straws. Where can I find them? Thanks!

  3. Shena

    June 25, 2013

    The template is different from the pictures shown.

      • jordan
      • June 25, 2013

      Hi Shena, I just added the template for the double-sided flag. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. Ainslie

    June 25, 2013

    I would love to try this for our 4th of July BBQ! The template only provides the front side of the flags. Is there a version that has both sides (like the one pictured)?

      • jordan
      • June 25, 2013

      Hi Ainslie, I just added a link for the double-sided flag version. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  5. Milan Lee

    June 25, 2013

    Love how these turned out!

  6. Brynne

    June 25, 2013

    Yes, I’d love to know where to get those white straws! Adorable flags!

  7. PARIS BEE kids blog

    June 25, 2013

    Love these too! Bravo for painting around all those stars too! I admire your patience! πŸ˜‰

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  8. danielle downey

    June 25, 2013

    what IS that delicious summer drink?

  9. emily

    June 25, 2013

    i think my kids might have fun painting their own…maybe larger to hang up in the house. thanks for the inspiration!

  10. sarah

    June 25, 2013

    such a fun idea for summer! ditto the above commenter — what are they drinking? it looks delish πŸ™‚

  11. Anne

    June 26, 2013

    Wow! You have the best party ideas ever! Where do you get your inspirations?

  12. Beverly Murphy

    June 26, 2013

    Oh such a great idea especially for Independence Day!

  13. DRAMA

    June 26, 2013

    It looks soooooo good =))

  14. Becky Loose From The Zoo

    June 26, 2013

    Oh my goodness I have a huge box of paper candy-stripe straws I haven’t used in ages. These would go on them perfectly!! Love it!


  15. robyn

    June 26, 2013

    love this idea- thanks for such a fun little project πŸ™‚

  16. Leslie

    June 27, 2013

    Oooh! Fruity and bubbly drinks as well! Can I ask what THOSE were made of?

  17. Leslie

    June 27, 2013

    Ooooh! Fruity and bubbly drinks to go as well! May I ask what THOSE are made out of?

  18. Natalie

    June 28, 2013

    These are such a beautiful addition to a Fourth of July party. I love the watercolor look. What a pretty way to accent a straw. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Rebekah

    July 1, 2013

    So cute!!!

  20. Laura Trevey

    July 3, 2013

    these are adorable! I am definitely making these for tomorrow πŸ™‚

  21. Pat

    July 3, 2013

    Loved these flag straws. A friend recommended them and made many so I made them and they were easy and will just be a nice touch. I used them for appetizer “toothpicks” cutting the straws in half. I was putting them in ham roll ups.

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