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DIY Project: Sequinned Applique Stir Sticks

Lately I’ve been getting quite a few requests to post the DIY tutorial for the sequinned star stir sticks I created for a shoot a while back that is featured in my signature pink lemonade cocktail recipe. I can see why – they’re the perfect simple detail for holiday and New Year’s entertaining! They’re pretty easy to make, even for those not terribly craft inclined, and they’re also pretty quick to make – so there’s no reason you shouldn’t slip these stirrers onto your pre-party to do list!

Image by Paper Antler.


  • 2″ sequinned star appliques
  • bamboo barbecue sticks (available at Target or your local grocery store)
  • craft felt, preferably matching your sequin color
  • hot glue and a glue gun
  • scissors


Lay the sequinned star over the craft felt and cut the felt to the size and shape of the applique. Place the applique sequin side down, and position the bamboo skewer in the middle of the applique. The placement should be set so that the top of the skewer aligns with the horizontal edges of the top left and right star points, and the skewer stem aligns with and breaks through the center of the bottom two points. Hot glue the bamboo skewer in place in this position. Set aside with its matching felt cutout to cool and set, and continue creating more as needed.

Draw and outline of hot glue around the edge of the felt cutout, then draw a small “X” of hot glue in the inside of the outline. Press the felt cutout over the applique and the bamboo skewer to create a covered backing for a finished look.

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  1. AWESOME!!!!! this just makes me happy, perfect for the season but I’d use these anytime!

    Jenny @ Hank + Hunt     Monday, December 19, 2011
  2. Love these stir sticks! And it seems to easy to make. Gotta make some for New Year’s!

    Meli (Blush + Jelly)     Monday, December 19, 2011
  3. Great idea! This makes me want to throw a party! I love the sparkle and color palette! :)

    Marie     Wednesday, December 21, 2011