DIY Paper Straw Flags

June 22, 2011Sarah Khandjian

Create custom straws for your wedding, birth party, shower or any occasion! Click through to download the free template and watch the video tutorial on how to assemble them.

Update: I’ve created a video tutorial of this project! Watch the video below to learn some tips and tricks to make these in a snap!

Last week I shared a few ideas about how I would like to decorate our house for our big birthday party. I decided to stick with mint and bright yellow and pair it with a dark gray. I love this color palette! I also drew silhouettes of the Mr. and I for our invitations. I loved them so much I’m getting art prints made for our bedroom.

The party will be here before we know it, so I started making some decorations. The first thing I started with is making custom flags for paper straws. I was very easy to make and I love the way it looks. I even made a little tutorial so you can make them too. I’m loving little flags right now and these would be perfect for a wedding or a 4th of July party.

I made a free template for Word. All you need to do is type in the text boxes, choose your font color and print! I recommend printing it on smooth 8.5″ x 11″ card-stock. If you only want the text to appear on one side of the flag, delete every other column of text in Word.

Supplies: straw flag template for Word or Pages / paper straws / permanent double sided tape / scissors
Time: 15 minutes

1. You will need paper straws (I purchased mine here), colored card-stock paper, the template above, and an desktop printer. You will also need narrow permanent double-sided tape.

2. Use a straight edge and x-acto blade or paper cutter to cut your soon-to-be-flags into strips.

3. You should have little strips of paper that look like mine above.

4. Use permanent (not removable) double-sided tape. Place this on the back side of the paper strip. I tried using a glue stick and they didn’t hold up. I also tried using removable double-sided tape and this also didn’t hold. PVA glue would probably be the best adhesive to use, but I was too impatient to wait for it to dry.

5. Wrap the paper strip around a straw. Then use small, sharp scissor to cut a triangle out of the end of the flag. This give it the oh-so-cute flag shape.

And that’s it! Easy, right? I can’t wait to make these for summer dinner parties and just about every occasion!


  • The Gray Goose

    June 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for featuring our straws! This is a super super cute spread!

  • Sarah

    August 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Update: I made a free template for Word!

    1. Tonia

      May 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Can you please email template to

      1. Vogue & Vintage

        June 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        Is the word template some where on your site or can you email it to me as well? ?

        Thank You,

        1. Sarah

          June 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm

          Hi! The link to download the template is at the top of the post (here’s the link).

  • chrissy

    December 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Sarah, can you please email me the word template??? TIA

  • Laurie Davis

    January 2, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for this tutorial and free template!! I just made it my own and printed it out and it’s perfect!! You now have a new follower!!

    1. Sarah

      January 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      So happy to hear that! Thanks so much Laurie!

  • Princess

    February 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you so much for the tutorial and template!!!! How do I change the font though for all of the boxes at once? I want a cursive font instead of the Helvitca. Thank you!

    1. Sarah

      February 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Princess, thanks for downloading the template! Unfortunately, Word will not let you change the font of multiple text boxes at the same time. I will absolutely try to find a work around in my next Word templates. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Fortuna

    March 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much for your post! You present really easy instructions and my flags came out perfect. And your template was so helpful! Love your site!

  • HelloAix

    March 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you for the template ! that’s fantastic –> new twitter follower ! can’t wait to read yout tweets

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  • Chelsea

    June 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Whatta great freebie! I just spent ten minutes customizing these for my upcoming engagement party. I downloaded that font from your previous freebie post “Later On” — too cute!

    I love the way they came out; thanks for sharing!

  • Leigh’s Wedding

    June 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi there!

    Unfortunately, the link to the free template is not working. would you mind emailing it to me at Thanks!

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  • Leslie

    July 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Love the page!

  • Meena

    September 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your template, it worked out great for me! I made drink flags for my travel themed wedding and wrote “cheers” in different languages. They look awesome :) Cheers!

  • Stephanie

    October 25, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Hi, I was wondering if you could print these out on label paper? so all you have to do is cut them and then fold around the straw since both sides are sticky!


    1. Sarah

      October 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

      @ Stephanie: Yes, that’s a great idea! I haven’t tried it myself but I’m sure it would work.

  • Melissa

    December 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for posting this tutorial.

    I am by no means a DIY girl but this is pretty much idiot proof. I’ll be making these flags to add to straws for our wedding. :)


    1. Sarah

      December 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      @Melissa Congrats on your engagement! I’m so happy you’ll be using them! I’d love to see photos of them after!

  • Lena

    May 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you! I needed a strip template and this is perfect! :)

  • Dawn

    May 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    PERFECTION! Thanks for the freebie. I will be using these in my wedding. It is so fool-proof I almost feel talented :-)

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  • La Toya

    June 27, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Thanks Sarah , I’m planning my daughter’s 1st Birthday Party this template sure comes in handy

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  • Lauren

    July 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I showcased my own variation of these on my blog today. I made a few up for my daughter’s first birthday. I linked your tuitorial in my post. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  • Chelsea

    October 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Great tips! Can I please have the template sent to Thanks!

  • Sunshine

    October 14, 2013 at 3:07 am

    This was so helpful and easy. Thank you!

  • Mary

    October 31, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I would also love to have the template emailed to me at
    I had problems opening the link!

  • Arnie

    November 2, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Hi, thanks for these! Im definitely using this for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. I really appreciate you for putting this one on your lovely blog. ?

  • Loh Mei Leng

    March 24, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Hi I just come across this page and would appreciate if you could email

    the template to me. Thank you for your consideration.

  • Christina

    May 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Hi I was just wondering if it were possible for you to email the template to me. I would really appreciate it. Love your blog! Very creative!

  • Carrie

    May 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Would you mind sending the word template for the straw tags – thanks so much for doing this. Do you think it would work on any Avery label or just stick to card stock? Glad I found your site.

    1. Carrie

      May 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Disregard sending the template – just saw it above – sorry!

  • Cidzz

    May 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Hi, Loved this tutorial and the template. Many thanks for sharing it, using it for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. Can you please tell me how did you put in figures/head images of a man and a woman. I want to put in a daisy, right now I have worked around and inserted an image but it would be nice to know if there is any other way.

    1. Sarah

      May 28, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Cidzz, So glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I actually first created the template and our silhouettes in Adobe Illustrator so I duplicated the icons. In Word (or Pages) since each size of the flag is a text box, you should be able to place an image (like a JPG) directly inside each box. Best of luck!

  • Yasmin

    January 17, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I love how creative you are! ??

  • Becky

    April 3, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Can the font be changed from Helvetica?

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      April 4, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Yes! You can change the font in your word processing program.

  • Becky

    April 3, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Are there cheaper sources for the double sided tape? Thanks!

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      April 4, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Yes, you can find it locally at most craft supply stores and even at stores like Target and Walmart.

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