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DIY Luau Tiki Glasses and Tiki Drink Buckets

DIY Luau Tiki Glasses and Tiki Drink Buckets

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!

And if you want more luau party ideas, be sure to see the original luau party post.

DIY Luau Tiki Glasses and Tiki Drink Buckets

DIY Luau Tiki Glasses and Tiki Drink Buckets

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: You can make this in your sleep it's so easy!

Make DIY luau tiki glasses and tiki drink buckets in minutes with a little vinyl.


  1. Upload the free tiki SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
  2. You'll need to measure the area you need to cover on your glass or bucket in order to determine the size of your tiki face.
  3. Click on the lock button on the lower left hand corner of your selected tiki image to change the image free form--it will not stay perfectly to scale this way, and that's alright! Adjust the size of your tiki face to fit your glass or bucket.
  4. Place the vinyl in the color of your choice on the cutting mat and feed into your Cricut Maker. Click "Make" and cut your images.
  5. Weed your tiki faces.
  6. Apply the Cricut Transfer Tape to the vinyl, being sure to burnish (that's rub) the tape to the vinyl so it easily peels off the white carrier sheet.
  7. Clean and dry the surface you plan to put your vinyl on. Very important step! Your vinyl will lift up if there are any extra dirt or oil particles present on your surface.
  8. Lift the vinyl off the carrier sheet and apply to your glass (or bucket). Burnish the vinyl to your glass. You'll want to make sure that you've rubbed out any bubbles in your vinyl that may have accidentally been placed on the glass. and remove the transfer tape. DIY tiki glasses using a free tiki svg file perfect for any luau party
  9. Admire your handiwork! Maybe with a tiki umbrella drink!

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DIY tiki glasses for your luau party, get the tiki SVG file to make your own! #luau #tiki

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:

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. 

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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. 

DIY luau tiki bucket for holding drinks, leis and other things for your luau party

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. 

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.

Liz Adam

Monday 15th of July 2019

This is such a cute idea! I plan to make the highball glasses for a bachelorette party. Only problem is I can't seem to find where I can download the SVG file :( I could totally be looking over it! Any help would be appreciated!

Paula Biggs

Monday 15th of July 2019

Hey Liz! The links look like they had ALL come undone--it's back up now! Thanks!

Easy Luau Party Ideas - Frog Prince Paperie

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

[…] After building a super cool Tiki Bar on your table, you are going to want to give the stuff on the table a luau look. This is easily done with leis, natural looking serve ware (think wood and monstera leaves) and a few Cricut-made vinyls to make it a little personal. A tiki face on a bucket made great containers for popsicles (or drinks or leis or snacks or anything else that needs a big open container). Learn how to make DIY Tiki drink buckets here! […]

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