Last summer, I kept seeing cute paper straws popping up in tablescapes and at summer parties, and I couldn’t help but think they’d be so fun to craft with during the holidays, especially in the traditional Christmas colors of red and white. To me, they look just like peppermint sticks!
I haven’t decorated at Christmas with very much red in years past (call me a rebel) but red and I are no longer estranged. This holiday season you’ll be seeing plenty of crimson at my house so let’s start with this fun and easy craft project: paper straw snowflakes!
If you want to make some of your own, here’s what you’ll need. For a large 10 inch snowflake: 5 pipe cleaners; 8 paper straws; 24 beads; center embellishment; ribbon or string. (For smaller snowflakes, cut 4 paper straws in half for a total of 8 stems). The baker’s twine and paper straws were ordered online (see sources below) and all other supplies are from Michaels.
First things first. Take four pipe cleaners and twist them around each other at the center to form the basic snowflake shape. Next, cut your straws to desired length, allowing about one inch on top for the bead detail. Slide them on your snowflake.
Clip two inch sections from remaining pipe cleaner and twist around the ends, then add craft beads.
To cover the twisted center, add a little embellishment ~ you can find many variations at craft stores. I chose… dun dun dun… a snowflake.
Hey guess what. You’re done! What? That only took a few minutes! How cool is that? Now fasten some ribbon and suspend your creation wherever you wish to add some color and whimsy, on your tree, above your mantel, suspended from doors, whatever!
Smaller versions make great little decorations on your holiday packages too.
I found my red paper straws at Sweet Lulu, but who says you need to use red? Go crazy, pick blue, green, or pink, how fun! You can also find red stripe versions on Amazon, they’re available at Z Gallerie and on Etsy too. Red baker’s twine available at several Etsy shops and also on Amazon as well.
Let the holiday decorating begin . . .