Sassfab Signature Cocktails: DIY Cocktail Stirrers

Today begins a new little series on this blog that I'm extra excited about. It's called Sassfab Signature Cocktails, and it's gonna be a good one. (If you didn't know, #sassfab is the official hashtag of The Barn, and everything we do is #sassfab.) Every month or so, I'm going to share recipes for signature cocktails that you can use at your own wedding or your next cocktail party. They'll be sorted by season or by color. My first signature cocktail post will be all about fall drinks (sangria, pumpkin pie martinis, spiked apple cider, oh my!). 

Dang, I sure wish my job was fun or something.........
;) ;) ;) 

Anyway, before I share any cocktail recipes with you, I want to show you some super easy DIY ways to add a little more pretty to your drinks. Here are a few ways to add some sassfab to your cocktails.

What I Used: 
Tissue paper, paper straws, bamboo skewers, scrap ribbon, a glue pen (and a hot glue gun), gold glitter ribbon, lace ribbon, paper bunting, wooden arrows, burlap scrap (which ended up being a failure, so you'll notice that I didn't actually use it), book paper strips, scissors

I purchased some of the materials I used at a craft store, and some of the materials were scrap pieces that I already had on hand (like the blue ribbon and the book page strips). There are SO many possible items to make these with. Look in the scrapbook section at your local craft store for patterned washi tape, little wood pieces (like the cute arrows I bought), tiny paper bunting, and other miniature embellishments that are just so cute. Also, if you're like me and have a box full of craft scraps, dig through that, too. You're sure to find something useful and cute!

Ribbon (or washi tape) flag. I wanted gold glitter washi tape so I could write on it, but I couldn't find any, so I settled for ribbon. I simply cut my ribbon twice as long as I wanted it, folded it in half and glued it around my straws using my hot glue gun. When the glue was dry, I cut out a triangle to give it a flag shape. This one might be my favorite! Imagine how cute it would be with personalized washi tape... You could write your name, your wedding date, or a cute phrase!

Wood arrows. This was probably the easiest! I found these in the scrapbooking section of my local craft store, with about 100 other cute wooden embellishments. These arrows are going to be making an appearance at a styled shoot at The Barn in the very near future. ;) Anyway, for these, I put a small dot of glue on the back of the arrow. I glued one onto a straw, and one onto a bamboo skewer. By the way, I left my bamboo skewers long, but you could cut a few inches off (or just buy shorter ones) if you want them shorter or if you'll be using a shorter glass. 

Tissue paper fringe. For these, I cut two sizes of tissue paper (a longer rectangle piece for the gold and two smaller pieces for the mint and light pink). I cut thin strips, from one edge to about a centimeter away from the other edge (be sure you don't cut all the way across!). I put a thin line of hot glue, stuck my bamboo skewers on, then rolled the tissue paper around the skewer a little to make sure they were secure. These are my other favorites! I especially love the mint and pink ones in the same glass. So cute!

Paper bunting. I also found this tiny paper bunting in the scrapbooking section. I actually cut these pieces off a long ribbon of this cute stuff, and I'm excited to find a way to use the rest of it! It's so adorable, and I love that you can leave it white or color it to match your wedding colors. It's cardboard, so it'd be easy to customize! For this one, I cut a few pieces of the bunting off (but I left them on the string that connects them), and put a thin line of glue on the outside edge of the two outer pieces. Then I just stuck the bamboo skewers on. So simple, right?!

Ribbon fringeI found this small piece of blue ribbon in my crafting scraps. The edges were frayed, but it made the perfect shabby chic cocktail stirrer! I made these just like the tissue paper fringe stirrers. I cut each strip a little uneven to make it more rustic and shabby. I love this one!

Lace and vintage book paper strips. For the one on the left, I folded my book paper strips in half and glued them around my skewer using hot glue. I thought it was sorta boring, so I tied on a little piece of lace ribbon. For the straw, I just glued on a piece of lace. These would be perfect for a vintage inspired wedding!

See how easy those are?! I just love how they turned out. I can't wait to make some more for my next dinner party. They're really quick, simple and easy, but they add such flair to a plain ol' drink! Which one is your favorite?

Have a safe Halloween, and a super fun weekend! I'll see ya right here on Monday.