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Luau Party Inspiration: Super Easy DIY Palm Tree Straws

Decorating for a luau doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, this fun DIY craft will add a touch of tropical flair to your party with very little time and money!

This adorable palm tree straw craft could not be easier, and it's a fun way to bring a unique and personalized party element to your summer bash. Plus, if your kids are old enough to use scissors and cut out shapes, this will be the perfect craft for them! It will keep them busy and entertained for hours, and they will be so proud when their craft projects are on display at your next summer party. 


DIY Palm Tree Straws: Luau Decor

DIY Palm Tree Straws: Luau Decor


All you need is some construction paper or cardstock in the colors of your choice (I picked out three shades of green, but ended up only using two), some paper straws (I only had black on hand, but brown would be great), scissors, tape and a pencil. It's that easy! 

For the actual party, set clear plastic cups or mason jars out in the bar or serving area, and place one of your palm tree straws in each glass. It will make for a fun and festive display!

  • DIY Palm Tree Straws: Luau Decor
  • Green cardstock, about 1 sheet per straw
  • Paper straws (I used a pack of 20)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Clear tape

DIY Palm Tree Straws: Luau Decor

Step 1: Using your pencil, start by drawing a leaf on one of the pieces of cardstock. (I free-handed the first leaf). Don't worry about it being completely even; that's the beauty of this craft! The more variation, the better (plus, you can always trim up the sides after you cut it out). Make sure you draw a little tab at the bottom. This will be what you use to tape to the straw.


DIY Palm Tree Straws: Luau Decor

Step 2: Cut out your leaf, and use it as a stencil to trace the remaining leaves. Use about 6 leaves per straw.

Step 3: After you cut all of your leaves out, use your eraser to erase any remaining pencil marks. Then, use the plastic tape to secure the leaves around the straw. Tape about 3/4 of the way up the straw so that there's enough room for people to drink, but making sure the leaves won't obstruct the cup. 

Step 4: Place in your favorite drink, and enjoy! 


DIY Palm Tree Straws: Luau Decor

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