Hi there! I have a fun paper straw tutorial up on the Bella Blvd. blog today, and I would like to share it with you.
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I have been in love with all of the colorful paper straws that I have been finding in stores
lately for summer, and even more in love with the new trend of using them on layouts!
I purchased some plain white paper straws online and decided that it would be fun to
make my own pattern paper straws using Bella's papers and washi tapes. I love the look!
Step 1: To create my own custom straws first I gathered up an assortment of pattern
papers and designer tapes.
Step 2: I used a paper trimmer to trim thin strips of pattern papers and designer tapes
(measuring about 1/4 of an inch x 12).
tip: I found that when trimming strips of designer tape it is easier to adhere it to a strip of
cardstock or paper scrap first before trimming it with a trimmer.
Here is what the strips look like after they have been cut.
Step 3: Apply adhesive to the backside of the paper strip.
Step 4: Working at the top of a paper straw start wrapping the paper strip around in a
diagonal twirled fashion.
Step 5: When you get to the end of the paper straw cut off the excess paper and glue the
ends down. I found that a strong liquid glue works well for this.
Here is a shot of all the paper straws after I wrapped them all.
Step 6: Last, I arranged them on my layout and glued them down using a strong liquid glue.
After they dried, I cut off the excess pieces, and added my photo and embellishments.
This was super fun and so easy to do! Hope you enjoy!
Bella Blvd. supplies:
Sand and Surf: Paradise, Surf's Up, Flying High, Beach Balls, Borders, Cute Cuts
Cardstock Stickers: Alpha + Bits, Just Write Journaling Stickers
Chipboard: Sand & Surf Chipboard Icons
Designer Tapes: Pony Stripe, 12 mm Combo, Polka Dot Combo, Ice Stripe, Pickle Juice
Chevron, Hot Pink Dot, Punch Chevron