Kentucky Derby Straws


It’s time for the monthly Creative Craft Hop

hosted by talented Sara from Birdz of a Feather

Thank you Sara!

Welcome friends, readers and visitors from

Decorate and More with Tip

Today we’re going to make some festive straws

for a Kentucky Derby watching party

The Kentucky Derby Horse Race is always

on the first Saturday in May

For the past five years we’ve had a Kentucky Derby party

and it is so much fun!

This year our drinks will be garnished with Kentucky Derby hat straws

These straws aren’t for sipping, they’re for stirring!

I saw Derby Hat drink stirrers on Pizzazzrerie

and knew I had to make some for this year’s party

I started looking through my craft stash

and collected fabric, ribbon, paper flowers~

I found a lot of things that could work!

I started by cutting circles from card stock using a template

I cut squares from different fabrics

and glued the card stock circles

to the backside of the fabric

I didn’t want to use my glue gun for this

because hot glue doesn’t dry flat

I was going to use spray adhesive but my can was clogged

so I used Tack It white glue

Once the circle is glued to the wrong side of the fabric,

cut around the edge of the circle

and now you have the hat base

Once the glue dried the fabric was firmly in place

Then I just got busy having fun matching the fabric circles

to various flowers, ribbons and leaves

I did use hot glue to attach them to the fabric circles

because it would quickly hold them securely in place

and would not be visible

And Voilà, hats!

I made 7, 6 for the girls attending the party

plus an extra just in case

Next I paired them with a colored striped straw

Glue the straw to the center of the hat bottom

with hot glue, at a slight angle

Here are collages of all 7 straws

Perfect for a special cocktail!


Next up on the hop is

The Apple Street Cottage with cute Denim Cuff Bracelets

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Blue Sky at Home How to Make Pretty Planters with Vinyl

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The Painted Apron Kentucky Derby Straws

The Apple Street Cottage Denim Cuff Bracelets

Southern Sunflowers Robot Craft Idea for Kindergarten Kids to Make for Friends

Birdz of a Feather Pegboard Display Stand DIY

Life as a Leo Wife Beautiful Mother’s Day Mason Jar Sign with Free Designs & Paper Flowers

If you’d like to see more Kentucky Derby party ideas

click here and here

and here is the post from 2020 when the Derby was delayed by Covid

Click here to see photos of Derby Day Food

and get the links for the recipes

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest / Karin’s Cottage Linky Party 

Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Full Plate Thursday / Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Home Matters

51 Responses to “Kentucky Derby Straws”
  1. Ann Woleben says:

    What fun! The hats are so cute and fun to make.

  2. sarator says:

    I didn’t know what to expect when I saw the title of this post, but these are fantastic Jenna! So whimsical and fun; they’d make any drink special.

  3. Nancy says:

    These are darling! Oh how I love them!
    You have me thinking… We need to host a party for the Derby!

  4. Cecilia says:

    Oh my goodness, Jenna–these are absolutely adorable and next-level creative! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  5. So adorable and I love wearing hats, so these could be used in many different ways – flower arrangements, pinned to a wreath – very adaptable and fun! Tip of the hat to you.

  6. Alright! You had me at hat….Jenna this is an adorable craft, my brother-in-law and his wife has a huge party for the derby and would love this. I am going to share this. Thanks for the cute idea!

  7. These are the sweetest things ever!

  8. Gail Griffin says:

    Wow! I can always count on you to blow me away with your darling creations, Jenna! These straws are so cool and perfect for just about any gatherings – both indoors and outdoors!

  9. Pam says:

    Jenna, these Kentucky derby straws are the cutest! What a fun craft that anyone can do! I love each one and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite! Happy Thursday👒

  10. Those are super cute! Makes me wish I was having a Derby party!

  11. They look absolutely adorable!

  12. Mary says:

    I love these Jenna! They’re so adorable for a Derby party and stirring your Sweet Tea Julep! Happy Thursday. 🐎👒❤️

  13. BERNADETTE says:

    Jenna, now I wish I were having a Derby Day Party. These stirrers are so clever. They would be fun at a bridal shower too.

  14. Ann says:

    These are beautiful and so much fun, Jenna. They would be great for Saratoga too. Hat Day at the track is a tradition!

  15. lghiggins says:

    Oh, Jenna, these are just over the top cute! They can serve double duty to identify the ladies’ glasses. I bet you had a blast making them. The extra not only works for an unexpected guest, but also gives everyone a choice so no one feels they have to take “what ever’s left.” Although, in this case, I don’t think any of them would disappoint. Enjoy your party and thanks for sharing it with us!

  16. diane in northern wis says:

    Oh my….I LOVE your Kentucky Derby Stirring HATS…..They’re adorable! Wish I could come to your party!

  17. dianebelvs says:

    Oh My, LOVE your Kentucky Derby stirring Hats. They’re Adorable. Wish I could come to your party.

  18. lulu says:

    I love these. They would be prefect for an upcoming derby party.

  19. Your derby straw stirrers are so unique and fun! I bet you’ll get lots of oohs and ahhs at your party when your guests grab one.

  20. I agree with one of your readers above, these are over the top cute! What a very creative idea!

  21. What a cute idea. I’m saving for next year’s Kentucky Derby party. Love that you can use leftover pieces of fabric and ribbons. Where your circles about 3”?

  22. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness – what a cute idea for your Kentucky Derby party. They look like they were really fun to make and I’m sure the ladies will love them too. The menu looks fabulous! Enjoy your party!

  23. Pam says:

    Ok, those are AMAZING, Jenna! So adorable. And, I love the idea of a Kentucky Derby party. But, those hat straws!!

  24. ADORABLE, Jenna!
    I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
    Followed and Pinned!
    Creatively, Beth

  25. Beth says:

    ADORABLE, Jenna! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth

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