I often get asked about the best and most inexpensive ways to make a big impact with party styling. While pinterest is great place for inspiration, we've all seen the disasters that can happen with a hot glue gun. More like a man-made disasters rather than the gorgeous stylised pieces shown in the photos.
But my one favourite party items is the humble paper straw. Simple on their own, they make any drink look like a celebration. I love them and always keep plenty around the place for kids drinks, cocktails, crafting as well as my own adult parties and bbqs.
Here I have my top, super easy ideas you can do with the humble paper straw. Some are easier than others but I promise they all will make your next party, wedding or even Christmas event look fabulous.
Check out our Pinterest board for some more great ideas.
And the best thing- they're not going to break the bank.
These gorgeous little creations are as easy as 1 2 3. Simply choose any paper that suits your theme or style and cut into 10cm long x 2.5 cm high strips. Snip a triangle into the end, run a glue stick over and wrap around a paper straw.
Even easier is to use Japanese washi tape like we used here in sparkly gold. Too easy!
If you're having a particular theme, like this pirate party I did for my daughter and you're handy on the computer, you could print out images you like and cut out using the sizing above. They'll keep any pirate captain and their crew happy.
As you can see any party theme can be adapted, just choose your straws and your look and you'll have a party everyone will remember.
How gorgeous do these look? These never last in my house, they are a firm favourite for the kids so I don't just save them for birthdays.
Simply insert paper straws into the marshmallows and dip half way into melted chocolate. I did white chocolate for these so the sprinkles and sugar crystal colours would stand out. Dip the marshmallows quickly into the melted chocolate as they can start to soften and you don't want melted marshmallow.
Once the marshmallows are coated, roll into your chosen coating. Your local super market or baking supply store all have a wide range of sprinkles and sugar crystals. I promise you these are so easy really easy, the kids could do them.
Let them set before arranging in glass bottles or jars. Or if you have a cake pop stand they can be arranged on that too. But be warned, make sure you make enough or there may be tears.
I love these pinwheels, while they are a little trickier to make they are well worth the effort. I have scaled the size of these down to fit onto straws or cake toppers perfectly. It's best to use a double sided printed paper otherwise the folded down corners will show white. To start, cut squares 5cm x 5cm and fold each square from corner to corner. Cut along fold lines to about 2/3 of the way toward the centre. Once cut fold every other point into the centre and poke a butterfly pin through the centre. This can get fiddly and I've found using a stanley trimmer to cut a small insert helps. Once the butterfly pin is through wrap the ends firmly around the straw. And there you have it, a lovely little pin wheel straw.
To use instead as cupcake toppers, simply cut the straw length and insert into cupcake.
I love these cupcake decorations from Better Homes and Gardens so much I had to include it here. Perfect for a halloween party or an Alice in wonderland party these little witches legs are very easy to make.
Simply cut your chosen paper straw in half, cut out a shoe shape from black card and stick to end of straw. They really are that easy and you'll get squeals of delight from the kids when they think a witch landed in their cupcake.
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And remember straws aren't just for kids.