This weekend is Thrive Blog Conference, and I am on pins and needles waiting to leave. As I’ve been getting everything in order, I did happen to realize I made, one teeny tiny mistake. I forgot to get business cards printed. I know, how could I? Sometimes though mistakes like that is where great ideas are made.
I knew I needed a marketing tool that could clearly represent my brand and blog. I use paper straws as my number one accessory to my cocktail recipes. I think they are adorable and a lot of fun. That’s when I came to the idea to make cocktail straws with these cute personalized straw flags to give out at Thrive this weekend. It shares my social media information, contact info, and a QR code to be scanned to take you to my blog. They were super easy to make and cost less than business cards. With a 40% off one item coupon to Hobby Lobby this project cost me $16 where business cards can start running at $25 and even higher for ones with gold foil. It doesn’t just stop at business cards, you can make these for parties, and weddings as well!
This is so easy, all you need is paper straws, 4 x 6 cardstock, a printer, scissors, and a glue gun. I’ve even made you a print out to put in photoshop to customize your flags. This makes 75 flags, each piece of cardstock makes 5 flags.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 15 Pieces Of Cardstock
- 75 Paper Straws
- Glue Gun w/ 3 Glue Sticks
Download this template and customize your straw flags in Photoshop or Picmonkey. Once you have them personalized, have them printed out. Make sure your paper size in your printer settings is set to 4 X 6 or else it will print too big. After this you’ll want to cut all of your flags out and start prepping your work surface to glue them to the straws.
Get your glue gun hot, or you can use sticky dots if you don’t have a glue gun. I’ve marked with black dots on the template where you’ll want to apply the glue or glue dots on your flag.
Once you’ve got your glue down, work fast but be careful the hot glue can burn you. Put your paper straw down in the glue, then roll the paper around the flag to make a sleeve. Let the glue cool. Then repeat the process until you have finished. That’s it, you’ve finished!
How easy are these? I really hope you enjoyed this DIY, and I’d love to know down below what unique ways you have marketed your blog.