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.

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wishing tree 1

I made these cut-out paper leaves to decorate some potted branches for my brother’s Autumn engagement party. I was setting it up before the party when my sister-in-law-to-be suggested that guests could write messages on them. What a great way to make your decor functional!

You will need:

  • Potted tree or branches
  • Coloured cardstock (use two or three colours for best effect)
  • Cardboard (from a cereal box is fine)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Small hole punch
  • Thread

wishing tree tutorial 1

1. Draw three different sized paisley shape (or a more traditional leaf shape if you prefer) onto the cardboard. Cut out.

2. Using the cardboard template, draw as many shapes as you can on each sheet of cardstock and cut out.

wishing tree tutorial 2

3. Punch a small hole and tie a loop with thread.

lolly buffet 1

This is great if you’re looking for a guest book alternative that doubles as decor for your wedding or engagement party.

It’s a really versatile project: just tweak the pots, paper colour and shapes to suit the season and style you’re after. Place one on a table at your wedding entrance and you could even use it as an escort card display.

Photography by Alicia Parsons (The Atypical Type A)


Ms Gingham says: And also good for hen’s parties … just keep the shapes tasteful please!!

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Check our more of Alicia’s inspired ideas here.


I’m slightly obsessed with food. Love cooking, love eating. Love it so much that I blog about it to take the edge off. Keeping this in mind, I knew I wanted to do something food related for my favours. So many ideas went through my head – jams, lollies, cupcakes, etc. Then it hit me, what about herbs? I have my own little herb garden at home and think it’s a great thing to be able to go out and pick fresh herbs rather than have to make a special trip to the shops. But how would I do it? I set off searching for seeded paper and found a few companies that do actual wedding place cards. Perfect!

After mulling it over for quite some time, I wanted to create something myself. This way I could use the seeds I wanted (a lot of places actually have wildflower seeds but I had my heart set on herbs) and it was a great way for me to get my crafty fix.

I bought one pack of basil seeds to start, along with some recycled paper and cheesecloth material and waited for a sunny weekend to give it a go. It’s actually a very simple process, just something I’ll need to perfect before the wedding.

You will need:

  • 1 x Pad of recycled paper
  • Water
  • Seeds of your choice (I used one packet for starters and it seemed fine however if you want it more “seedy” then add more)
  • Blender
  • Baking tray
  • Cookie rack
  • Cheesecloth material (I used one meter but its up to you and the size sheet you are doing)


Step 1

Tear paper in to tiny pieces and place in blender until it reaches halfway point. Fill water up to the top line and blend until you see no more bits.


Step 2

Place mixture in a bowl, add seeds (seeds are not to be blended), and stir until combined.

Adding seeds

Step 3

Place rack inside tray and double over the cheesecloth until you have approximately 4 layers of cloth. Pour mixture on top of cloth and spread until even. This may take a few practise goes as mine was quite thick first time around.


Step 4

Use extra cheesecloth, kitchen towel or handtowel to press down on top and remove extra moisture and leave to dry.


Step 5

Once dry, cut out your place card shapes and get to decorating! Done!

Some tips:

  • If leaving the paper out in the sun, be careful to keep an eye on it as it does curl up when drying.
  • You could also go at it with a hairdryer during winter. 🙂
  • My first attempt wasn’t as thin as expected but I’m still pretty proud of it for a first try. Next time I will probably use a rolling pin and also remove the tray from underneath it as it turned out with grill marks.

Curled paper

Photography by Nicole

Ms Gingham says: Add food colouring for different effects and you could even substitute the seeds for beads of sparkles for a different effect. The sky’s the limit!

Nicole says: “Currently blogging about food however since the engagement, I haven’t had much time to go out and eat or bake at home hence the food blog is looking a little dry for the past month. Weddings is all I can think about at the moment and I was thinking of starting a bride blog! I love looking for inspiration and want our day to reflect us. Every bride should feel the same!”