Washi tape is one of my favorite craft materials of all time! Something so simple can make the most ordinary things pretty! And it has so many uses! Recently, I shared this tutorial on Washi Tape Crafts, and in case you missed it, I wanted to share with all of you!
This super easy craft idea is sure to beat the summer boredom blues!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to start a straw shooter fight, but why not try making these decorative paper sleeves that are light enough to be launched by a puff of air through a straw?
All you need to make these cute and fun washi tape straw shooters is:
- lightweight paper (I used standard letter-sized copy paper)
- paper cutter
- large/wide straws (like ones used for Boba drinks)
- regular sized paper straws
- washi tape
First step is to make your straw shooter paper sleeves. Begin by cutting strips of paper 2″ x 8.5″.
You can set up a straw shooter station for kids to assemble their own. Once the paper strips are cut, then it is just matter of assembling them with washi tape.
Using a fat straw as a template, wrap one paper strip around it lengthwise. Then secure with strips of washi tape. Continue with 4-5 strips of tape around the paper.
Then fold over the top edge to make it airtight and secure with a final strip of washi tape.
That’s it! You now have as straw shooter ready to launch.
You can tailor your shooters to a specific party or theme, just by how you decorate them with washi tape. For instance, use red and blue washi tape for the 4th of July, or red and green for the holiday season.
The trick to this craft idea is that the paper sleeve is larger than the straw, and that the end of the paper shooter or “ammo” is closed off and airtight.
These are so easy to make! After you have made your straw shooter sleeves, it’s time for the fun to begin. Get ready!
Load a straw shooter sleeve onto your straw that you have placed in your mouth. Count down, and without touching the sleeve, let out a big puff of air and launch it!
Did you notice my daughter, pictured above, wearing an impromptu straw shooter “ammo belt” that we fashioned from a plastic bag?
We started with a regular ziploc sandwich bag and lined the edges with duct tape so that we could cut belt loop holes on each side. Then she used a thin scarf (ribbon would work too) to tie it around her waist and hold her straw shooter sleeves.
Try this fun and easy craft idea with the kids! It’s a great party craft idea—so pretty and festive!