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7 Paper Drinking Straw Crafts

Paper straws make the perfect building blocks for fun, DIY projects. Here are a few ideas to inspire the entire family

7 Paper Drinking Straw Crafts

1. Photo frame

Ditch the expensive shop-bought frames and create your own colourful design to match your living space. This project is especially great for kids to get stuck into. You'll need a basic wooden frame and straws cut to the width of your frame size, ensuring you've got smaller cuttings for either side of where your photo will be placed. Carefully glue the straws in place, and voila! You'll have a beautifully-made photo frame.

2. Flower vase

Bring a part of nature into your home by filling it with the smell of fresh flowers. Instead of buying vase, you could simply get a tin and cover it with jute twine. Next, adhere double-sided tape to the top- and bottom-half of your tin, leaving the middle exposed. Using colourful straws, attach around the circumference of the vase, before filling it with beautiful flowers.

3. Famous landmarks

Think you've got what it takes to create your favourite architectural structures from straws? Challenge yourself and perhaps get your kids involved to create either the Eiffel tower or go the extra mile, channel your inner Nicholas Grimshaw and build the Petronas Towers. Whatever you choose, you're sure to have plenty of fun!

4. Kiddy necklace

Little ones will have so much fun creating their own jewellery, while developing their coordination skills. Gather paper straws; we suggest patterned pink and yellow for a lovely girly-themed make. Cut your straws to the size that you'd like, then slide them onto string until you've got your desired length. Add some gold beads for a stand-out effect!

5. Cupcake toppers

Fancy flourishes such as pretty toppers really are the icing on any cake. For a personalised effect, create name tags that will make a little one smile. Adhere them to your straws and stick them into the middle of the cupcakes, then watch as party guests stare in awe at your pretty creations.

6. Straw wreath

A paper straw wreath is such a fun way to add an original touch to décor in the home. You'll need to cut some of your straws in half, leaving the rest at full length. Using a glue gun, adhere your straws to your wreath frame, ensuring that you alternate the lengths. Once done, attach a string to your make and hang it wherever you like!

7. Colourful garland

Add a fun touch to any celebration with pretty paper garlands. You'll need paper straws in a variety of colours and patterns, cotton string and beads. Cut a piece of string to your desired length, allowing an extra 12 inches for hanging either side, then simply cut your straws for varying lengths. Slide them onto your string, separating each with a bead. Hang in your house and watch your décor come alive.