This Valentine’s Day decorative paper straw easel and darling crayon resist watercolor art would make the perfect takeaway for any kids Valentine’s party! Get the how-to below from Crafts by Courtney!
Hey everybody, it’s Courtney from Crafts by Courtney and I’m back with a NEW paper straw craft idea for the kiddos!
Since my paper straw Christmas trees ornaments were such a hit, Rebecca wanted another clever paper straw craft. So, I put my thinking cap on (trying to think of something creative for Valentine’s Day)…
Then all of the sudden I remember I pinned these awesome place card paper straw easels to my Pinterest board. I loved the idea, and thought I could give it a Valentine’s spin and make ’em a bit bigger. PLUS our paper straw easel is going to be foldable.
That’s right, it fold’s flat. It’s a perfect takeaway for any kids Valentine’s Day party.
This would be a perfect craft for the kids to make and display a sweet Valentine’s message to someone special. What a great craft to give a parent or grandparent, don’t you think so?!
I love making memorable crafts with my kids to give to the family.
Doesn’t this Valentine’s craft sound adorable? If you wanna’ make one too, here’s what you’ll need:
- Decorative aper straws
- Foam hearts
- Hot glue/gun
I have a TON of paper straws, so I rounded up all my Valentine-y colors, foam hearts (I got from the Dollar Tree) and the rest of my supplies.
This is gonna’ be a sweet craft.
Step 1 – Make Front of Easel
To make the front of our easel, hot glue the top ends of 2 straws together (at a 45 degree angle). Then, hot glue another paper straw to the top of the 2 straws (about 2 inches from the bottom).
Finally, cut the edges of the paper straw you just glued down. It should look like the letter, “A.”
Step 2 – Add Heart to the Top
Ready to put your heart into this craft? Or should I say, “onto this craft.” For this step, just hot glue your foam heart to the top of the easel. Hold in place for 15 – 20 seconds.
Step 3 – Make Back of Easel
Remember how I said our easel will be foldable, well here’s the step that’s going to make it happen!
First, cut your cardstock into a thin rectangle (about 1 inch long by 1/4 inch wide) and fold it in half. Next, hot glue one side to the back of your easel.
Now, take a straw and cut the tip at a 45 degree angle. Finally, hot glue the cut end of your straw to other half of your cardstock.
Quick Tip: When hot gluing your straw to your hinge, be sure to add glue with the hinge open. Otherwise it will be stuck.
Step 4 – Test Out Your Easel
To make sure your hinge is working, make sure it folds down flat. Also, make sure it can stand with no problems too.
Step 5 – Create Your Art
Okay, so our easel works. Yay! Now the kids can make whatever colorful art suits them best! I went with crayon resist watercolor art for my boys.
I love it because it’s simple and beautiful. The perfect combination.
Step 6 – Finishing Touches
With our easel made and artwork done, let’s put it all together! I love colorful art since I can mix-n-match the artwork and easels with no prob!
Take a look at our finished craft.
I think these paper straw easels turned out beautiful…I don’t know which one is my favorite.
So there we have it. Another fun paper straw craft for your little ones. I really hope you LOVE them as much as I do.
If you want a few more Valentine’s Day crafts? Check these out!
Scrapbook Paper Valentine Heart Card for Kids
Do the kids want to give cards for Valentine’s Day? Why not make a few of my scrapbook paper Valentine’s heart cards!? They’re thoughtful AND handmade. Grandparents will love it!
DIY Valentine Heart Trees
I made these cute Valentine’s Day heart trees last year, but they’re still one of my MOST popular crafts. Maybe it’s the untraditional colors!? I love them!
Thank you for taking the time read my post. I truly enjoy sharing my craft ideas with everyone. And thanks again to Rebecca for inviting me to share another fun paper straw craft. I had a great time and loved making it!
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