25 Fun Crafts with Paper Straws

Guest Post by Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey G.

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The creativity of people astounds me. How did the Wright brothers think to connect bicycles to creating an aircraft? Or how did the artist go about chiseling the Winged Victory statue? Or how did all these wonderful modern artists below create such unique items from something as simple as paper straws?

Yes, they’ve transformed these versatile little tubes into anything from cake pop sticks to light fixtures. The best part is they’ve created instructions to make it easy for you to take your straw game to the next level.

1. Cookies and Milk

Have your cookies and milk, too! Add an extra touch to this cute idea by cutting cookies in a shape to fit your theme. Then just stick the straw through! With over 900 cookie cutters on hand, Fancy Flours has something for every occasion. Our No-Fail Sugar Cookie recipe is great to use so cookies hold their shape.

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Art and photo by weddingideasmag.com

2. Cupcake Toppers

Make personalized cupcake toppers with sprinkle packs. Because who doesn’t like to decorate their own cupcakes? With our large supply of sprinkles, you can mix and match to create a special pack for each person.

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Thank you Icing Designs for this kid-friendly idea and photo.

3. Placecards

Don’t let guests loose their place by setting out these adorable placecards. Stand straws in spools as shown, bottles, votives or anything else you have around the house. Try our washi tapes for back-to-school, Paris, general decorative and Christmas themes.

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Art and photo by Helena Schaeder Söderberg of Craft and Creativity.

4. Wreaths

Make a wreath for any occasion or add a mirror and some metallic spray paint for an everyday fascinator.

4th of July wreath by Polka Dots on Parade. Blue and red straws here and here.

Halloween wreath by Tater Tots and Jello. Orange straws here.

Mirror featured on Style Me Pretty by Oak and Owl.

5. Vase Wrap

Update an old vase with a solid color or throw on a pattern for extra fun.

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Art and photo by Amy Krist.

6. Flower Wands/ Bouquets

Create a glittery flower wand for your (or your kids’) inner fairy. Or make several for a cute everlasting bouquet! Check out our light green, kelly green and dark green straws for the stems.

Flower-wands

Art and photo by Icing Designs Online.

7. Confetti Sticks

Make homemade confetti sticks for your guests to shower you with at your wedding or for a party favor. We love the glitter details on the ends! Try neutral colors like gray or get creepy and crawly for Halloween with spiders. Fill with unique sprinkles for extra fun!

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Art and photo by Best Friends for Frosting.

8. Rice Krispie Snacks

Quickest dessert ever! We have pre-made Rice Krispie sheets, colored chocolate melts, piping bottles, sprinkles and, of course, straws to make this your go-to dessert for every occasion.

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Art and photo by Life, Love and Sugar .

9. Cupcake Liner Flower Straw Toppers

Love flowers and baking? Then these cupcake liner flower straw toppers are just what you’re looking for! Bring something new to the table for your luau or just to brighten your summer drinks.

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Art and photo by The 36th Avenue.

10. Party Blowers

Party blowers are time tried and tested. They’ve lasted as party favors since their inception because they are just too fun! Make your own and give the gift of a laugh to your friends and family.

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Art and photo by Made to be a Momma.

11. Paper Garland

Add a colorful garland to your photo booth, party décor or just to hang around the house for some color.

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Art and photo by Tell, Love and Party.

12. Geometric Mobile

We’ve all seen the Himmeli art in stores lately. Traditionally, it’s a Finnish Christmas ornament made of straw, but it’s making its way into everyday décor. Now you can make your own for a tenth of the price! Start small with a bunting or go all out with this gorgeous mobile.

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Art and photo by Brittany Makes.

13. Easel Displays

Mini anything is adorable. Baby animals, kid’s clothing and now easels! Use them to display your special cookies or hold placecards for guests.

Easels

Art and photo by Wants and Wishes Designs.

14. Flameless Candles

These couldn’t be more simple for a quick and sophisticated addition to a birthday treat. This would be ideal for a 1st birthday party! Go pink, blue or neutral with yellow or green straws. Don’t forget the matching cupcake liners!

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Art and photo by Icing Designs Online.

15. Cake Topper

Top your cakes with a little banner! This is a simple design for Halloween, but get creative and write on the little triangles or change up the colors. We have almost every color of straws, twine and little sugar decorations to add some pizzazz.

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Art and photo by Cake Journal.

16. Photo Booth Props

Create some classy photo booth props using straws as sticks. Photo booths have become a big hit for weddings, with most vendors printing two of each photo. This leaves one as a favor for the guests and one to put in the guest book. Add speech bubbles and hats and you and your guests will have a wild time!

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Created by indie crafter Toffee Mag.

17. Wall Art

Make a sweet piece of art with nothing but a hot glue gun, straws and some ribbon. This artist chose a heart, but feel free to branch out! Try a star for New Year’s, an egg for Easter with our pastel collection or a wintery tree with our holiday set. Add a sweet note or saying with cardstock for a personal touch.

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Wall art found in Paper Crafter Magazine, issue 78.

18. Picture Frame

Can’t decide which picture is your favorite? Feature family and friends in a sweet homemade frame that uses a glittery clip for easy photo switching.

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Art and photo by Nicole Samuels of American Crafts.

19. Cupid’s Arrows

Play cupid (or Katniss) with these adorable paper arrows.

Arrows

Art and photo by Your Home Based Mom.

20. Color Pop

I’ve found myself putting flowers in cute old glass bottles a lot lately. There’s just something homey and comfortable about the look. This idea is a perfect way to add some extra color! Just stick the stems in the straw and you’re done.

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Art and photo by Sara Lee of Sweet Little Gals.

21. Pop Sticks

Of course, we can’t forget about using them as cake, lollipop and popsicle sticks! Paper straws make it easy to match the colors of your party or wedding!

Smoothie pops by Pop Sugar.

Marshmallow pops by Honey and Lime.

22. Mini Tiered Cake Stands

For those of you looking for something to wow, this mini tiered cake stand is certainly the way to go! Fill the “trays” with teenie tiny cookies like this artist, or use small candies for a quicker addition. Try our Fluted Round Cookie Cutter Set to make them as large or small as you like or taper with several sizes.

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Art and photo by Bakerella.

23. Pixie Sticks

Pass out homemade pixie sticks at your kid’s next party! These are handmade with real fruit and sugar. So easy!

Pixie-sticks

Art and photo by Brittany from Edible Details, featured on Amanda’s Parties to Go.

24. Wrap Bracelet

Try your hand at jewelry making with this easy shabby chic design.

Bracelet

Art and photo by Mamma Miss.

25. Fondue Sticks

Throw a fondue party and include a variety of fun straw colors so guests remember which is theirs! Fold and glue a paper flag at the end with names for more personalization. This artist used bananas for their toppings, but you can go savory with cheese or sweet with angel food cake or Rice Krispies.

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Art and photo by Bakers Royale.

Bonus:

I couldn’t resist this ad from Nestea because it is just amazing! As I said at the beginning, I think people are so creative and it’s wonderful that they can come up with complex creations like this. We’d love to see what you come up with. Comment your ideas and photos below or send us an email: info@fancyflours.com.

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Photo featured on Buzzfeed.

 

Picnic Blanket Ice Cream Cake (with Ants!)

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Guest Post by Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey G.

I have a tendency to go overboard for parties. It’s a habit all the women in my family share. Everything just has to have a special touch. Tell me to bring rolls to an event and I’ll butter them up, top them with cheese and herbs and display them on a nice plate. Oh cupcakes? Sure let me just find matching liners and picks for the theme of the evening. With summer coming up, I’m already thinking of fun ideas for our outdoor gatherings – beach, cabin, Fourth of July and, of course, your ordinary barbeque.

The only hitch with Montana summers is the temperature. Hundred degree days don’t make for happy baking. So when trying to think of a unique cake for a picnic or barbeque that wouldn’t require an oven, I immediately thought of ice cream cake! What could be simpler? You can either buy one from the store or make the quick and easy recipe illustrated below with any flavor you desire.

Ok, now you’re wondering, “What’s so unique about an ice cream cake?” Well, not much until you add a cute chocolate picnic blanket and ants on top! A couple bars of white chocolate, a Red Gingham Chocolate Transfer Sheet, decorative ants, a touch of frosting and half an hour are all it takes to make your cake something for the books. Even the kids can help stir, mash and spread so the whole family can create something fun and delicious.

Let’s get started!

Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 half gallon ice cream of your choice (I chose mint for the refreshing taste)
  • 1 small container of fudge or caramel topping
  • 25 Oreos
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter

Tools

  • 8” square cake pan
  • Medium bowl, microwave safe
  • Potato masher
  • Spoon, knife and fork
  • Ice cream scoop

Directions

  1. Melt butter in one of your bowls.
  2. Add Oreo cookies to bowl. You can break them apart now for quicker mashing or leave them whole. You do not need to remove the frosting in the middle.Oreos-in-Bowl
  3. Mash Oreos and butter together with potato masher until it’s a mass of small crumbs.Oreo-Texture
  4. Dump Oreo mixture into your cake pan and press into the bottom with a fork to form the crust. Chill if not using immediately.Oreo-Crust-Finished
  5. Scoop and press ice cream into your cake pan until it is half full.Ice-Cream-Squishing-Layer-1
  6. Spoon fudge or caramel topping over pressed ice cream. The back of the spoon is handy for spreading.Fudge-Spreading
  7. Scoop and press ice cream into your cake pan until it reaches the top.
  8. Freeze until you’re ready to top!

 

Picnic Blanket Topper

Ingredients

  • 2 Large bars white baking chocolate
  • Red Gingham Chocolate Transfer Sheet (find it here)
  • Decorative ants (find them here)
  • Frosting (green)

Tools

  • Medium bowl, microwave safe
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • Spoon
  • Spatula or spreading knife
  • Black marker
  • Long knife (non-serrated)
  • Grass piping tip (I used Julia Usher’s)

Directions

  1. Place transfer sheet slippery side up on wax or parchment paper. Measure and draw lines with your marker for an 8” by 8” square section.Measuring-TransferMeasured-Transfer
  2. Flip transfer sheet over so chocolate side is up. Leave on flat surface or in a cookie sheet for easy transport.
  3. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted and about 115 degrees Fahrenheit. This will usually be less than 2 minutes.
  4. Pour melted chocolate into the measured section of the transfer sheet and lightly spread into a thin layer. It is ok to go over the lines.Spreading-Chocolate
  5. Cool melted chocolate and sheet in the refrigerator until solid – 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Remove sheet from fridge and place on flat surface (or leave in cookie sheet). Use the knife to cut along your marked edges to square up the edges. Warming the knife under hot water will help create clean lines.Cutting-Chocolate
  7. Peel off the transfer sheet.
  8. Place your “blanket” on top of your ice cream cake and use frosting or dots of melted chocolate to attach your ants.
  9. Pipe an edge of “grass” and you’re done!Finished-Full

Tips

  • Make your ice cream cake while the melted chocolate cools over your transfer sheet to save 15 minutes.
  • In a big rush? Buy a pre-made ice cream cake and cut your transfer sheet to size. This could work for round cakes too!
  • Save some hassle by buying a pre-made Oreo cookie crust in the baking section of your grocery store.
  • Oops! If you crack the chocolate when cutting, leave the chocolate transfer sheet-side down and rub a warmed spoon over the crack until it melts together. Re-chill to solidify before placing on your cake.
  • You can store the cake safely in the freezer (ants and all)!

How To Use Wafer Paper On A Cake

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Introducing edible wafer paper cake illustrations from Fancy Flours.

Now enjoy the ease and beauty of wafer paper images on cakes! Our Easter Bunnies design fits an 8″ round cake. Simply cut out and apply to fresh buttercream, or use light Karo corn syrup to apply to a fondant surface. Add to a store bought cake for a quick custom look.

What is Wafer Paper?

Wafer paper is made of dehydrated potato starch, water and vegetable oil. The thin edible paper is then pre-printed with food-safe dyes. Wafer paper is tasteless and does not “melt” into the frosting, it will remain as a thin sheet of edible paper on top of your sweet confection.

Instructions for use on a cake:

Using craft scissors, carefully cut out your wafer paper image along the outer cut line provided on the design. You will want to trim carefully for a clean, finished look.

Butter Cream Frosting Application: Apply the trimmed wafer paper illustration directly to a smooth surface of fresh buttercream frosting. Working from the center outwards, smooth any bubbles that may exist. You can consider the cake done at this point, or, pipe a decorative edge around the cake to hide the edge of the wafer paper.

Fondant Application: If your cake has a fondant surface you will want to apply a thin layer of Light Karo Corn Syrup to the back side of the wafer paper illustration using a craft brush or a very soft basting brush. (Light coating only). Turn the wafer paper illustration over and apply to the top of the cake. Starting from the center, smooth the wafer paper outward towards the edges to get a good seal and to remove all bubbles. The cake can be considered complete at this point, or, add a decorative piped border.

Store-Bought Cake Application: Request that the grocery store or bakery refrain from sprinkles or colored decorations on the top surface of the cake. If the surface is not fondant, just cut out and apply the wafer paper directly to the surface of the cake – smoothing it out as best as possible so that it does not get waves or wrinkles. The paper is really very forgiving.

Tips for Success: Wait until the day of your event to apply the wafer paper illustration and only allow the cake to be refrigerated for a few hours before serving the cake. Note: we have left a store bought cake with a wafer paper topper in the refrigerator for 3 days without any color transfer or wrinkling – however, humidity and frosting moisture are factors and may vary greatly from our test conditions.

 Serving Tip: Gently cut thru the wafer paper first and then cut deeper into your slice for serving – this will produce the most decorative presentation

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Perfect dessert for your Easter celebration!

 

Calling all chocolate addicts! 25% off chocolate transfers & DVD!

Calling all chocolate addicts! We are excited to announce the arrival of our newest tutorial DVD, Kat Montgomery’s, The Chocolate Addict! This video is fun, fresh and has fabulous ideas for any chocolate lover! Make tulip dessert cups, learn how to temper chocolate and much more! AND for the next FIVE days enjoy 25% off The Chocolate Addict DVD and our entire collection of Chocolate Transfer Sheets! View the sale HERE. Discount taken at checkout. Sale runs through August 1st.

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