Paper straws have become the entertaining must-have. They are an easy and inexpensive way to add a festive touch to your party tablescape. The kids think they are super fun (at least mine do!) and adults don’t mind sticking one in an otherwise plain party cup. But did you know that these paper straws also make for a fun crafting supply?
And this is how I found myself one Saturday afternoon, surrounded by Halloween-printed paper straws, making a spooky crafty mess as I brought a thrifty touch of Halloween to our home. Check out how I created a Halloween garland using paper straws and beads…
*I was sent product by Oriental Trading for the creation of this project. All opinions are mine.
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Paper straw halloween garland
– Paper straws (I used three patterns: black polka dot, orange polka dot, Halloween theme)
– Bakers twine in Halloween colors
– Halloween glass beads (How cute are these mini pumpkins and candy corns?)
– Chevron ribbon
Unroll a long strand of bakers twine and insert one end into a paper straw. Push the twine through the straw. Once through, insert a second straw. Continue in this manner until you have created a long strand of straws. My strands ranged from 8-12 straws each.
TIP: It helps to tap the bottom end of the paper straw on your table to help the twine work its way through the straw.
Once you have created a strand of 8-12 straws, add a Halloween bead to the end. You can also vary the placement of the bead, placing it mid-strand or every other straw. Get creative! The variety of patterns makes it more interesting.
TIP: Dip the end of the twine into some water. This makes it so much easier to string through the bead.
Make a double (or triple) knot to secure the bead. Cut the twine, leaving a little extra at the end if desired. Repeat Step #2 for the opposite end of the paper straw strand.
Once you have created a substantial number of paper straw strands (I made 18), use the chevron ribbon to gather and create an over-sized, festive bow at each end of your garland.
With the few remaining straws, I outlined a photo frame to coordinate with the garland. Be sure to stop by Oriental Trading’s Halloween Headquarters for decor ideas, party supplies and of course, awesome costume ideas!
Hang the Halloween garland across your mantel or around a doorway for some colorful Halloween cheer!