DIY Straw Flags with Printable Template – Tutorial

Straw Flags

I love candy stripe paper straws and for a recent celebration we created some sweet little straw flags. These were featured on my blog and are really fun and so simple to create. Use them at your engagement, wedding, bridal shower or anywhere else really! You can personalise flags with guest names, personal messages … whatever you can think of really.

You only need a few bits and pieces to create your own personalised straw flags and they look so cute when you are finished.

You will need:

  • Printer
  • Plain, coloured or patterned A4 paper to suit your style
  • Scissors and/or craft knife. Ruler and cutting mat
  • Double sided tape

Step one:

Fill in your template with whatever you want on both sides of each flag.

Go with whatever best suits your celebration … your names, your wedding date, “Celebrate”, “Love”, your favourite places, artists or even leave one side blank. The sky’s the limit!

Printed A4 Sheet

Step two:

Print it onto your chosen paper.

Step three:

Cut the paper along the template lines using your scissors or craft knife, ruler and cutting mat combo.

Cut Flags

Step four:

If you have decided to use card stock rather than paper you will need to roll each flag around a pencil or one of your straws, similar to how you would curl a ribbon. This will help get a nice round edge around the straw rather than having a pointed part.

Step five:

Now attach your double sided tape down one side on the inside of the flag.

Cut straw flag

Step six:

Wrap your cute little flag around the straw, line up the ends and then press together. Press to crease the flag so it is attached to the straw (you can use your fingernails to get the crease right).

Step seven:

Neaten up the end by cutting a small triangle and viola! A gorgeous straw flag to be enjoyed by all!

DIY Straw Flags

Photography by Little Flamingo Stationery and Events

Ms Gingham says: Love these super cute straw flags!!! Thanks so much to Shannon from Little Flamingo for the idea and the template!

Shannon says: “Hi I’m Shannon from the stationery side at Little Flamingo Stationery and Events. I love creating gorgeous invitations and wedding day stationery. Helping to plan and bring your wedding day to life is Ilka who looks after the finer details in the lead up to and on the day of your celebration!”

Read Shannon’s recent Vendor of the Week interview here.

Thank You Cone




A sweet, romantic table decoration, these paper cones carry both a thoughtful message and a scattering of petals, lollies and faux pearls.

Step One

Take an A4 sheet of patterned paper (we have used the Boudoir range from our new ‘Love and Lustre’ collection) and roll into a cone starting from one corner. Don’t despair if the paper doesn’t roll properly the first time; a few practise attempts will create a much more pleasing and consistent finish. Once the desired result is achieved, securely fasten the cone using double-sided tape or an adhesive tape roller.


Step Two

Print or photocopy the thank you tag above onto a sheet of pink floral paper. Cut out the tag and affix to pink or white card. Carefully trim around the oval to make a 3-5mm border.

Step Three

Use a hand punch to create a hole in the left side of the tag. Cut a length of ribbon to 250mm. Wrap around the tip of the cone and secure with a small piece of double-sided tape. Feed one end through the hole in the tag and tie a next bow to finish.

Ribbons and Bows

Ribbons and bows help give projects that special finishing touch. Satin and grosgrain ribbons are our favourite textures because of their timeless elegance and versatility.

From knots and bows to fastenings, hangers and decorative streamers, ribbons can be used for nearly every use imaginable! Look through wedding and fashion magazines for inspiring ways to decorate with ribbon – it’s surprising how many simple ways there are to achieve a stunning finish.

Going to that little extra effort with the addition of ribbons and bows will transform your projects into exquisite and timeless declarations of love.

Cristina Re Buckle  Bows 1

Step One

Cut ribbon to desired length. Make a single loop in the ribbon as shown and hold firmly in your right hand.

Cristina Re Buckle Bow 2

Step Two

Using your left hand wrap one end of the ribbon over the top of the loop to create the centre part of the bow. Make a second loop with the remaining end.

Cristina Re Buckle Bow 3

Step Three

Feed the second loop made in step two through the centre part of the bow from right to left. Gently pull the ends of both loops to secure the know.

Small adjustments may be made at this point by pulling the ends and each of the loops for a better looking result. Trim the ends diagonally with a pair of scissors to stop the ribbon fraying.

Helpful Hint

Practise makes perfect! Everyone ties a bow in a slightly different way (learnt many years ago with tiny fingers on shoelaces!) so you may need to practise this method a few times until you feel comfortable with the technique.

Photography by Cristina Re Designs.


Cristina Re‘s stylish boutique Where a Girl Goes offers a variety of papercraft workshops. The Brilliant Bride workshop provides expert tuition for participants to be inspired and create the wedding  of their dreams.

Ms Gingham says: “Another example of simple, stylish and impressive projects from Cristina Re Designs. These paper cones can be customized with a variety of papers and filled with all sorts of things to suit your individual style.”

Love In Bloom

Hydrangea Rose

“And I will make thee beds of roses and fragrant posies…” – Christopher Marlowe

Capture the visual beauty of a spring garden, filled with roses and hydrangeas with your invitation of love. Using the feminine and exotic Hydrangea Rose design from our new Love and Lustre collection. Do-It-Yourself to make your gorgeous invitation as it is sure to evoke the essence of a Spring wedding.

Bride 1

Hydrangea Rose Invite

Step One

Take a piece of A4 Hydrangea Rose Paper designer paper and Blush designer card and trim to 148 x 105mm.

Step Two

Print or photocopy wording onto Luxury Linen Paper using the template provided below. Remember to cut the shape out using the black solid line as your guide.

Step Three

Cut out a piece of ribbon to a length of 310mm and thread through diamante buckle from back to front.

Diamante Buckles Sq2

Step Four

Make two slits into the luxury linen paper on either side of the type and insert ribbon. Run an adhesive tape roller along the back of the ribbon and attach to the Hydrangea Rose paper. Tuck the ends of the ribbon around the back of the paper and fasten with adhesive tape roller for a neat finish.


Border template to be used to print wording.


Photography by Cristina Re Designs

Cristina Re‘s stylish boutique Where a Girl Goes offers a variety of papercraft workshopsThe Brilliant Bride workshop provides expert tuition for participants to be inspired and create the wedding  of their dreams. All participants receive an exquisite cupcake and coffee or tea from the in-store coffee bar and an exclusive Workshop Discount giving access to 15% off purchases in-store!

Ms Gingham says: “For those of us without a creative bone or a graphic design background and let’s face it that’s a good percentage of the population, Cristina Re’s workshops are a blessing! These designs really cry out spring! I can almost smell the flowers from here … I wonder if they come in “scratch and sniff”?”