DIY Luau Party Decor

Leis, tropical flowers and grass skirts. Decorating for a Hawaiian-inspired luau bash definitely requires some themed decor. But instead of spending all of your hard-earned money at the party store (and to avoid all of the overly-cheesy decorations), check out some of our favorite DIY luau ideas. 

Whether you just want a few touches of Hawaiian flair, or are going all out with your themed party, there is sure to be some DIY project that you can make to display at your summer luau.


  • Cardboard Totem Pole

    These adorable totem poles are made from a role of corrugated wrapping, which can be found and some online specialty paper stores. The steps to make it are fairly simple. Get the tutorial from All You.

  • DIY Pineapple Vase

    How beautiful is this floral centerpiece? Core a pineapple (and use the inside fruit for a delicious cocktail or recipe!) and use the base as a vase for some beautiful flowers. Check out lover.ly for the DIY.

  • Palm Tree Straws

    This super simple DIY is made with just some extra cardstock and paper straws; supplies you might already have in your craft room! It makes for a fun touch of decor at your next luau party. Look at our tutorial (featured on Celebrations).

  • Tropical Flower Paper Poms

    Paper flowers are a fun an easy way to add color to your decor. Give them a tropical feel with this project from Birds Party Blog.

  • Fringed Cake Stand

    Cake stands are a dessert serving essential. Add a touch of Hawaiian flair with some DIY fringe, like this cake stand from DIY Crafty Projects.

  • Paper Drink Umbrella Wreath

    Paper drink umbrellas aren't just for your luau cocktails. Use them to make a colorful wreath for your luau! How cute is this project from Erin Lee Creative?

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