Saturday, January 23, 2021

Paper Straw Heart


This is the project I was working on in yesterday's post where I wrote up a tutorial on making paper straws.  I intentionally wanted the straws to be at a diagonal, actually more of a diagonal than how it turned out.

I only used two different patterned papers and got quite a variety of designs on the straws;  it all depends on how you position the pattern when rolling your paper.

The overall size of the finished heart is about 9" x 9".  The red trim is from the tinsel hearts at The Dollar Tree.  I just unwound the trim from it's plastic shaped heart form.   Once the red trim is off the heart, you can remake the heart using twine or yarn  (do a search on Pinterest for Twine Hearts for ideas).

These are 2 twine hearts I made after removing the red tinsel trim from the above heart.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by.  I'd love to see the straws you make and what you make with them.

~~ Ann

Friday, January 22, 2021

Paper Straw Tutorial


I saw some cute Valentine craft ideas online using paper straws, but I didn't want to spend money on buying straws so I learned how to make my own out of a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper.   I was able to make 8 straws for just 25 cents.  I already had the other supplies on hand but this is what you will need:

12 x 12 sheet of thin scrapbook paper

A 1/4" dowel or chop stick

Glue or double sided tape

A paper trimmer to cut the paper


These straws are perfect for crafting (not for drinking unless you coat them with paraffin wax).  

Start by cutting your 12x12 paper in 1.5" widths (12 x 1.5" pieces).  If you have paper with a pattern of lines in it like mine does, you probably want the lines to go vertically on your paper trimmer.  You will get 8 strips out of one 12x12 paper.

Next you are going to apply either a line of glue or double sided tape to the back side of your 12x1.5" strip of paper.  Apply the adhesive to the top along the 12" side, about 1/4" down from the top edge.   Have the adhesive come over only to about the 11" mark.  Leave the last inch without any adhesive or your paper will stick to your dowel, and you won't be able to get it off easily.

If you have paper with a design or color that you want showing on the straw, have that part of the paper to the top edge.  In the example below, I wanted the white stripe to show so I applied my tape to the back upper side of the paper with the white edge at the top of the opposite side.

In the example below, I wanted the pink edge to show but not the white, so I applied the tape to the back side with the pink edge at the top of the opposite side.

Now you are ready to start rolling the paper around the dowel.  Place the right end of the dowel at a 45 degree angle to the lower corner of your paper.  Roll it slowly, making sure the corner of the paper is under the dowel and begin rolling.  Try to get that lower right corner rolled without having any adhesive touching the dowel.

Place both hands on the dowel, pushing down as you roll it to the left.

You may need to secure the very last left end of the paper to the straw using a tiny dot of glue.  Once that glue has dried, pull out your dowel.  If it doesn't come out easily, check to be sure the adhesive is not stuck to the dowel at the start of the straw.  If it is, simply peel the paper back a little away from the dowel.

These straws are super quick to make and addicting.  When you are done, you should have gotten 8 straws out of one 12x12 sheet of paper.  The length of your straw will depend on how tightly you wrapped the paper.

If you want to use these straws as drinking straws, there are videos online on how to use paraffin wax to seal them.  I will be using mine in crafts, ( my post to follow tomorrow showing what I made with the straws).

These are some of the papers I used to make my straws:

I hope to have my project done by tomorrow so I can show you what I made with the straws.  

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Ann