25 Fun Crafts with Paper Straws

Guest Post by Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey G.

Straws-in-jars

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.

Cookies-and-Milk

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.

Sprinkle-pack-cupcake-toppers

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.

Spool-placecards

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.

Vase-wrap

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!

Confetti-Sticks

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.

Rice-Krispie-pops

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.

Cupcake-liner-flower-toppers

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.

Party-Blowers

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.

Halloween-garland

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.

Light-fixtures

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!

Candles

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.

Cake-Banner

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!

Photo-props

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.

Heart-art

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.

Frame

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.

Straws-in-bottles

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.

Tiered-cookie-cake-stand

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.

Fondue-sticks

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.

3d-man

Photo featured on Buzzfeed.

 

Butterflies and Botanicals Wafer Paper Sets

Feast your eyes on these new wafer paper beauties! Our Butterflies and Botanicals Wafer Paper collection is in stock, featuring poppy and butterfly designs, and pairs up nicely with a couple fabulous new candy box patterns, Poppy Design and Butterflies Design. Create a stunning presentation with wafer paper cookies (we used the crinkle square cookie cutter) packaged in these colorful boxes. Wafer Paper is simple to use…Follow the steps below for a baking masterpiece!

• Use No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe and cut out several crinkle square cookie shapes. Bake and cool as directed.
• Ice each cookie with 1 layer of royal icing or buttercream, if you prefer. Let completely dry.
• Carefully cut out wafer paper butterflies using craft scissors, making sure each one will fit on the cookie. Be careful, wafer paper is fragile!
• Spread a thin layer of edible clear gel onto the wafer paper butterfly and slightly fold in the center, so the wings are bent up. Place each butterfly in a section of the egg carton so that the wings will dry standing up.
• Add shimmer to the butterflies by dusting with a small amount of Gold Luster Dust or White Edible Glitter. Let butterflies completely dry in egg carton.
• Adhere butterflies to cookies by using a dab of edible clear gel on the underside of the body of the butterfly and attaching to cookie. Hold in place for a minute before drying on its own. Let dry completely.
• Add additional decorations, such as Black Sugar Pearls, to complete the cookie design.
• Let completely dry and store in an airtight container.

A Cookie Garden in Full Bloom!

This cookie garden is in full bloom! Our stunning Vintage Seed Packet Wafer Paper is unique, beautiful and easy to use. A variety of floral designs cover the rectangular wafer paper shapes. The set comes with 12 shapes, each measuring 3″ X 4.5″. We like to use the 5″ X 3.25″ Rectangular Cookie Cutter – it fits the shapes perfectly. To make these lovely cookies please click HERE for our HOW-TO Recipes section and watch your cookie garden grow!

Showing the love for Queen of Tarts Cakes

A slice of heaven can be found at Queen of Tarts Cakes! We couldn’t be more fond of The Queen of Tarts Cakes’ delightful and unique cookie and cake designs. Fresh off the press (or out of the oven!) are these gorgeous Vintage Botanical Flower Print Cookies. Honestly – I don’t think a cookie can get any more lovely than this – and delicious as well. Queen of Tarts Cakes offers several choices of cookies, including Gingerbread, Tahitian Vanilla and Valrona Chocolate with over 10 icing flavors. They gift box their orders with gross grain ribbon, coordinating tissue paper and a personalized note. A stunning gift for any lucky recipient – including all those moms out there. Don’t forget – Mother’s Day is May 9th!

If that wasn’t enough – be on the lookout for the Fancy Flours 2010 Catalogs – available this fall/winter, which will feature cookies decorated by Queen of Tarts Cakes. Queen of Tarts also decorated a fabulous display of dog shaped cookies for us at the beginning of the year. View those photos HERE. Order Fancy Flours cookie cutters in several unique dog shapes HERE.

What’s New, Cupcake? Book – clever, cute and delightful cupcake recipes!


What’s New, Cupcake?

The new book available from Karen Tack and Alan Richardson is now available at fancyflours.com. We were thrilled with their last book, “Hello, Cupcake!” and are super excited for their new book, stuffed full of clever, unique and delicious recipes! We love the mums cupcakes (featured above), using Picket Fence Cupcake Wrappers, Colorful Muffin Cups and sanding sugars that can be found at fancyflours.com. We can’t think of a better way to start spring than with a batch of colorful cupcakes. Thanks to Karen and Alan for satisfying our sweet tooth with wonderful baking ideas and beautiful photographs!

Photo © 2010 Alan Richardson

Unique Bird Cupcakes take flight!

Bird Candy 1

bird cupcake 1

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, flowers blooming and birds singing, these cupcakes fit right in! New at fancyflours.com are fabulous Barley Candy Birds. These dainty bird candies are handmade from vintage molds and offer incredibly intricate detail. Several other shapes are also available and make perfect toppers for a batch of heavenly cupcakes.

What’s more…our cupcake and muffin cup selection has expanded to include over 200 unique colors, sizes and patterns of cups perfect for any celebration! Shown are:

Top Photo: Pink and Gold High Tea Muffin Cup

Middle Photo: Gro Medium Muffin Cup

Bottom Photo: Hedda Yellow Muffin Cup, Hedda Green Muffin Cup, Hedda Purple Muffin Cup, Gro Medium Muffin Cup
 

All available at fancyflours.com.

Want to WOW your guests – bake a simple batch of cupcakes in one of our fabulous muffin cups, frost, sprinkle and add one of our new Barley Candies as a stunning topper and voila! You are well on your way to “hostess of the year!”

Enjoy and happy baking to all our fancy friends!