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Double Duty! Make Simple Straw Place Cards

by on Nov 7, 2017

We’re heading into the season of holiday entertaining, which happens to be my favorite time of year. Having groups of people over is a lot of fun but a lot of work, and especially with Thanksgiving and other dinner parties, you have to keep track of who is sitting where. That means you need place cards, but how much better would it be if those place cards served more than one purpose? These simple DIY straw place cards mark your drink as well as your seat, and you can still sip from your straw easily. 

 I know I always lose my drink at parties, so this way, it’s easily identifiable. You can also mark guests’ seats by marking the glass at their place setting with a straw place card. These flag straws are easy to make and customize with stamps or stickers, and you can throw them away at the end of the evening. 

Colored paper and various tools set out for crafting.


  • Straws
  • Colored cardstock
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Stamps & ink (or stickers)
  • Double sided tape

Note, for longer names, keep in mind you’ll want to use a smaller font or the flag will become too long. 

Woman using a paper cutter to cut a hot pink sheet of paper.


Cut each desired colored of cardstock to about 1 1/2-inch wide strips. Adjust the width according to the size of the stamps or stickers you’ll be using. Length will be adjusted later. 

A black and white swirled straw with a piece of pink fabric wrapped around it.


Wrap the strip around a straw to determine the middle. Then unwrap. 

Black and pink straw place cards sitting on a white table being put together.


Use the stamps or stickers to spell out each attendee’s name on the right side of the strip of paper, leaving a small space from where you marked the middle. 

A person pulling a sticker off of a pink strip of paper.


Once the ink is dry, apply a long piece of double sided tape to the backside middle of the strip and wrap around the straw, leaving at least one inch at the top. Press to stick the sides together. 

Orange handled scissors cutting through a small piece of pink paper with black lettering on it.


Lastly, cut down the ends according to the length of the name. You can either cut a straight line or a pointed flag shape. 

Three decorated glasses with name penants in them on black and white straws.

Stick each one in a glass and set at a place setting! Guests can grab their glass once they know their place and the straw will continue to mark which drink is theirs all evening long. Hopefully this simple DIY gives you one less thing to stress about while you’re entertaining! 

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  1. really cute idea! great for holiday parties. one other point: this presentation would have been much more pleasing to the eye if your model would have had a perfect, unchipped manicure. the devil is in the details.