Drinking Straw Coasters

By: Missy Sorg

As we’ve already discussed, Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, which signals the start of picnic season!  

Whether you’re hosting this year’s Memorial Day festivities, or are planning to host a get-together later in the summer, there are a few things you can do to make it festive and save some headache during clean-up.  When you’re serving ice-cold refreshments, it isn’t always the best for your patio furniture.  But, having traditional cork or paper-product coasters doesn’t work well for the great outdoors.  It can be a little bit of a conundrum when you’re trying to make party clean-up a little more a breeze.

So, why not make some easy coasters that can match your party décor?  That’s right.  You can make some versatile and colorful coasters for your event!  How, you ask?  By getting all MacGyver up in here!  All you need are some straws and some decorative duct tape.  

Drinking Straw Coasters*

  • 30 Drinking Straws (15 in one color/15 in a second color)
  • 5 1/2" Cardboard Square
  • Decorative Duct Tape
  • Exacto Knife or Durable Scissors

1. Cut straws to a length of 5 1/2"
2. Using straws of first color, squeeze between your thumb and forefinger to flatten straw.
3. Lay straws out on the cardboard square, leaving room to weave the second color in.
4. Tape the ends of the straw (both ends) to the cardboard square.
5. Flatten the second color straws.
6. Weave second color straws through the taped down first color, making a tight checkerboard pattern.
7. Cut 4 strips of decorative duct tape 7" long.
8. Place one strip of tape along the top of each side of the square so the straws are covered up to 1 1/2" with tape.
9. Cut 1" off each side and discard the cardboard.
10. Finish the edges of the coaster by adhering 1" strips of duct tape along the edges.
11. Fold tape over edge to finish.

With a little bit of creative genius, you can color-coordinate and match some high-quality coasters that will not only protect your patio furniture, but will also not blister from exposure to rain.  And, if you happen to lose a couple, you’re only out pennies and some time!

*Adapted from http://simplysublime.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/06/straw-coasters.html