Patriotic Pinwheel Fruit Juice Sippers

by Tonya Staab
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Make these red test tube drinks and patriotic pinwheel straws for your next party. We also show you how to make a test tube stand from a child’s toy.

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If you are looking for a simple 4th of July party drink for your upcoming celebration, I’ve got the perfect one for you.

I’m also going to show you how you can take one of your kids old toys and turn it into a test tube beverage holder, perfect for parties.

red drinks in test tubes with red blue and white pinwheel straws

What you need

  • Kool-Aid – I purchased the big 96oz ready-to-drink Tropical Punch bottle from Walmart (which is under $2).
  • Ice
  • Pinwheels
  • Straws
  • alcohol to do a grown-up version too (optional)


Simply blend the ice with the Kool-Aid in your blender until it’s similar to a slushie, but more liquid, less slush, and pour it into the test tubes.

I found these great pinwheels at Michael’s craft store for $1.99 a packet. On the back of the pinwheel is a plastic clip, so it was easy to slide the wood pick out and pop a straw in.

pinwheels and red blue and white striped straws

These do actually spin in the wind when you are outside, so if you are entertaining in the backyard this makes these drinks even more fun.

test tubes with red slush and red white and blue pinwheel straws

Make a test tube holder

This project has been on my to-do list for a couple of years. It just takes me a little time to get around to doing the projects I have in mind sometimes.

Those of you with kids probably remember the Melissa & Doug Pound-A-Peg toy. My kids loved that toy, but so did the dog, who thought the pegs were his own personal chew toys. When we moved a few years ago I threw the pegs away, but couldn’t bring myself to part with the stand. I knew I’d find a way to repurpose it eventually.

It wasn’t long before I discovered that the holes were the perfect size for holding test tube drinks for parties.

After sanding it, adding a few coats of white spray paint, and a spray finish over the top it was ready.

a melissa and doug peg toy being repurposed into a test tube stand
a white test tube stand with red white and blue test tube drinks in it for a patriotic party

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1 comment

Jenna Wood June 26, 2014 - 1:05 pm

I’m not quite that crafty, but I bet this would be a big hit at our 4th of July picnic! #Client


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