And You Thought Straws Were Just For Drinking!

How to Make Parties and Gifts Sparkle with Glassip Transparent Drinking Straws

Once in a while, food related products aren’t just for food (or in this case, drinks). We recently acquired this little gem full of craft projects you can do with a box full of drinking straws. And while the options aren’t endless, they are certainly…festive.

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How to Make Parties and Gifts Sparkle with Glassip Transparent Drinking Straws does include a few drink recipes at the start. But the majority of this pamphlet is devoted to some–let’s call them “creative”–opportunities to think outside the box and cellophane wrapper. In addition to pompoms, pumpkins, and parasols, you can also make things that don’t begin with the letter “p.” There are the strange stick figures in the slide show, but how about Easter bunnies, Valentine’s heart, Christmas trees and stars, and an pair of Mardi Gras dolls? Not enough? You can create boutonnieres, faux potted plants, little baskets, and even placements. Although the booklet is published in two-tone color, from the content, it seems that “Glassips” came in a variety of colors and even some striped designs. (If you’re curious, try a Google image search for “glassips straws”–there are lots of pictures of the straws in vintage packages.)

This is another one of those unique items in our collection that makes you wonder “why?” At the same time, the techniques are timeless. So if you have a box of straws and a few minutes this weekend, How to Make Parties and Gifts Sparkle with Glassip Transparent Drinking Straws has a project or two for you.

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One thought on “And You Thought Straws Were Just For Drinking!

  1. Did you know that a simple plastic straw is also the best strawberry huller? While there is some variation in instructions as to whether to start at the stem end or the bottom, just center the straw and shove it through. It will make a wonderful “tunnel” right through the berry leaving a clean round “tunnel.” I’m trying to think of how many way one could “stuff” this hole. Perhaps using the straw this way is why they are called “straw-berries”? Oh well – perhaps not.
    Lee Kirk

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