How To Make a Halloween Garland Using Paper Straws

How to make a Halloween garland made from paper straws | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comPaper straws have become the entertaining must-have. They are an easy and inexpensive way to add a festive touch to your party tablescape. The kids think they are super fun (at least mine do!) and adults don’t mind sticking one in an otherwise plain party cup. But did you know that these paper straws also make for a fun crafting supply?

And this is how I found myself one Saturday afternoon, surrounded by Halloween-printed paper straws, making a spooky crafty mess as I brought a thrifty touch of Halloween to our home. Check out how I created a Halloween garland using paper straws and beads…

*I was sent product by Oriental Trading for the creation of this project. All opinions are mine.
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Paper straw halloween garland


frazzled-momentThis is a great project to do with the kids. Of course, if your pint-sized helpers are like mine who “demand” a break 10 minutes into their shift, you will find your work space suddenly surrounded by crumbs and drinks in plastic cups. And, of course, these  drinks must be drunk with the main crafting supply. There’s nothing quite like working on a paper project as your helpers blow bubbles in their very full cups of water while you stand guard for splashes entering the crafting zone!

Supplies:
– Paper straws (I used three patterns: black polka dot, orange polka dot, Halloween theme)
– Bakers twine in Halloween colors
– Halloween glass beads (How cute are these mini pumpkins and candy corns?)
– Chevron ribbon

How to make a Halloween garland using paper strawsStep #1:
Unroll a long strand of bakers twine and insert one end into a paper straw. Push the twine through the straw. Once through, insert a second straw. Continue in this manner until you have created a long strand of straws. My strands ranged from 8-12 straws each.

TIP: It helps to tap the bottom end of the paper straw on your table to help the twine work its way through the straw.
How to make a Halloween garland using paper straws
Step #2:
Once you have created a strand of 8-12 straws, add a Halloween bead to the end. You can also vary the placement of the bead, placing it mid-strand or every other straw. Get creative! The variety of patterns makes it more interesting.

TIP: Dip the end of the twine into some water. This makes it so much easier to string through the bead.
How to make a Halloween garland using paper straws
Step #3:
Make a double (or triple) knot to secure the bead. Cut the twine, leaving a little extra at the end if desired. Repeat Step #2 for the opposite end of the paper straw strand.
How to make a Halloween garland using paper straws
Step #4:
Once you have created a substantial number of paper straw strands (I made 18), use the chevron ribbon to gather and create an over-sized, festive bow at each end of your garland.
How to make a Halloween garland using paper straws

With the few remaining straws, I outlined a photo frame to coordinate with the garland. Be sure to stop by Oriental Trading’s Halloween Headquarters for decor ideas, party supplies and of course, awesome costume ideas!

Hang the Halloween garland across your mantel or around a doorway for some colorful Halloween cheer!

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14 thoughts on “How To Make a Halloween Garland Using Paper Straws

  1. Teresa says:

    Cute! It’s easy and inexpensive, and certainly something my kids would have fun making too. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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