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Fixer Technique: Lengthen Paper Straws for Instagram Ready Displays

If you want super cute drink displays like the one shown above, you either need to order extra long paper straws OR use my easy fix method:

  1. Order the cute paper straws of your choosing – in this pic I used Birch pattern.
  2. Order plain white plastic straws like these.
  3. Hold your paper straw inside your bottle and approximate how much longer it needs to be in order to stand above the edge of the bottle and look pretty.
  4. Measure out and cut the amount you decided in Step 3 on a non-flex end of the plain white straws but be sure to add around 1/8″ to the length.
  5. Insert the white plastic straw piece into the paper one and voila!: you have an extension that results in a pretty display! I sometimes have to bend the plastic straw a bit to get it to fit in the paper one. Be sure to do this gently so that it bounces back to original round shape and creates a good seal between the two straws.
  6. Make a test bottle with generic string or dental floss and then use this piece as your measure guide. I liked the look of wrapping the twine around 2 times because this is thicker twine but if using thinner baker’s twine I’d suggest 3 times around.
  7. After you’ve measured and tied the twine on, slip any embellishment that you’d like in under the twine. I added a tiny dab of hot glue to the feathers to be sure they stayed on.

Feature Photo by Laura Taylor Photography