Besides the coconut bras and grass skirts, one of the things that make luaus so FUN are the tiki things that get put to use at them. Like DIY luau tiki glasses, DIY tiki drink buckets, and pretty much tiki anything! Tiki glasses and tiki buckets are a snap to make with Cricut or any other cutting machine. Read on, and download the free tiki SVG to make your own luau tiki props!
Making DIY Luau Tiki Glasses
The tiki face SVG file is pretty flexible. Really, you can tiki face anything that will sit still long enough. If your dog is tolerant enough, you could add a tiki there, too. That said, there are some shapes that are going to work better than others to make fun DIY tiki glasses like you see in this post. Hurricane glasses are a nope; the vinyl solidly covers a wide are and those glasses are pretty curvy. With a lot of patience and work you may be able to pull it off, but getting the vinyl to fold and shape to that glass with so much vinyl coverage is going to be tricky.
Here’s what I’d use to make tiki glasses:
- Mojito glasses (like the ones in the photos) (buy them here)
- Pint glasses (buy them here)
- High ball glasses (buy them here)
- Low ball glasses (buy them here)
Whatever you choose, try to get straight sides to work with with no ornamentation. The tiki SVG file can be resized to fit whatever glass you buy.
DIY Tiki drink buckets
When I was shopping for the luau party, I was trying to find SOMETHING to personalize my party with alongside all the pre-made purchased things I had to work with. I stumbled across a brown flower pot and inspiration struck. It was a pretty big flower pot, and I thought it would make a fantastic tiki drink holder after getting a little bit of vinyl treatment with my Cricut Machine.
A further search (at the Dollar Store) led me to find some handled brown buckets in addition to the flower pots. The smoother surface of the plastic buckets was certainly easier to apply vinyl to–look for slick plastic if you can! But the vinyl will stick to regular plastic flower pots if that is all you can find.
You can use these buckets to hold just about anything at your luau party. I used one for popsicles, one for leis, and one to hold some fruit skewers. They’re also perfect for ice and bottled beverages that you want to look fancy on your tiki bar.