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.
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.
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