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Raffia Cocktail Set




  • Pom-pom maker
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Raffia
  • Floral wire
  • Pliers
  • Pitcher
  • White floral tape
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Make the drink stirrers: Using a pom-pom maker and raffia, make a pom-pom (ours are 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Wrap center with floral wire, twisting wire with pliers to secure. Trim wire to 1/2 inch. Repeat to make more pom-poms, using raffia in different colors.

  2. Step 2

    Using white floral tape, attach trimmed wire from each pom-pom to a bamboo skewer. Trim each skewer to desired length.

  3. Step 3

    Decorate the pitcher: Cut 2 pieces of double-sided tape (3 inches each). Place halfway down side of pitcher, on opposite sides. Wrap raffia around pitcher and over tape, forming a wide band.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2008



Reviews (11)

  • 2Cutiesmom 6 Jun, 2012

    My daughters and I love to sit on our back porch and read as part of our daily quality time. We made this adorable raffia set for our special summer beverage homemade strawberry lemonade..we sat on the porch sipping it and reading our books together! It was fun and easy to make and my girls were able to help with it! Thank you for a great idea that helped me add another special memory!

  • redtutu 30 Jun, 2010

    Why the hate? I think these are adorable. I see a fun project for this weekend when my sisters and I get together (I already have the raffia).

  • annmarlene 22 Jun, 2009

    What next ? Macaroni necklaces?

  • LindaLeeR 22 Jun, 2009

    Found rafia at Very reasonable. And they will send you a free catalog.

  • SukiHibbs 22 Jun, 2009

    Don't buy a pom pom maker. You can make one from scrap cardboard. Try the instructions here:

  • jeannette 22 Jun, 2009

    can you recommend a source for good raffia?

  • fredalee 22 Jun, 2009

    I've never used a pom pom maker, but I'm sure they have them in just about any craft store. I always use Michael's as my first choice, then go from there if they don't have what I'm looking for.

  • amysutter 22 Jun, 2009

    Where do you get a pom pom maker? have never seen one before?

  • lbuser 22 Jun, 2009

    Well, I suppose if you made these for children then you should be concerned, however, most adults know to move them out of the way, also, if you are still concerned, it is really easy to score the skewer and break them to a length that is shorter than the straw. These will be really fun for Fourth of July Celebrations. Thanks for reprinting this one.

  • Meezers 1 Sep, 2008

    I don't understand the point of these. I would be concerned that a guest would poke the point of the skewer in their face when taking a drink from the straw.

  • seldahenry 1 Sep, 2008