Fruit Straw Kabobs on Retro Party Straws

Fruit Straw Kabobs

I thought I’d share a quick and easy DIY project using our Retro Party Straws: Fruit Straw Kabobs! They took just a few minutes to make – all I did was poke holes through the fruit with an object smaller then the straws, then slide the fruit onto the straws! It’s as easy as it sounds!

Our retro party straws are Made in America with non-toxic, FDA Approved food safe materials. They contain no BPA and are 100% Chlorine Free! They are also compostable in 45-60 days, but durable for several hours in liquid!  Buy them at littlefreeradical.etsy.com

TIPS:

  • Since the straws are paper, I wouldn’t recommend doing it the night before your party! Wait til an hour or two before!
  • *a paintbrush, meat thermometer, or plenty of other random utensils in your kitchen drawer would work for poking the holes!

 

DIY Retro Straw & Paper Cup Reindeer

Estéfi Machado shared this adorable idea on her blog this week with retro party straws, so we thought we’d show you if you’re looking for ideas to make with Little Free Radical’s Retro Party Straws!

 

Supplies Needed:

2 Retro Party Paper Straws
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Red Cardstock
Permanent Marker

Her blog is in Portuguese, so here ‘s Google Translate’s rough translation into English:

  • 2 straws of paper, cut into 4 parts
  • In the photo you see the proportions, 1 large, 1 medium and 2 small.
  • It is not a rule, but it helps to look that elk horn.
  • Make diagonal cuts always, it helps to mend the pieces!
  • Hot glue or instant, and then shove the whole horn in a hole made in the side of the cup.
  • It all fit, no need to paste into the cup.
  • Make the 2 sides.
  • The little ears are 2 pieces of red cardstock, which also sunk in the cup, making a “butcher”, a rasguinho with stylus.
  • And finally, little eyes and muzzle permanent marker!

check out the photos on her blog of step-by-step how she did it,

and be sure to go tell her you love her if you love her idea!

And Little Free Radical is currently well-stocked in straws if you’re looking for some! :)
We just got brown in as well if you want brown antlers!

NOTE – Reindeer Cup Photo Credit – Estéfi Machado

15 Minute Peeps Marshmallow Ghost Pops

If you’re looking for alternatives to packaged candy for Halloween “Trick or Treat” favors, these Peeps Marshmallow pops are quick, cheap and easy to make!

 

Supplies you need:

  • PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies – sold in the Halloween Candy section at most grocery stores, department stores or drug stores – Typically 2/$3 for a package of 9 ghosts
  • Retro Paper Stripey Straws – we have them available in 13 colors in our Etsy shop $3 for 12 – which would make 24 pops.
  • 3″ x 4″ Plastic treat bags  (I got them for about $3 for 100 at Michaels)
  • Ribbon or Raffia to tie them
  • Scissors (to cut the straws & ribbon)
  • Knife with a sharp tip

Start by cutting the straws in half. Your Pop Sticks will be approximately 4″ long.

With your knife, poke a hole in the bottom of each to make a hole, then insert the stick.

 

Next, put a food-safe baggie over top of each ghost.

Then cut a piece of ribbon and tie it around the bottom of the bag to secure it.

And you’re done!
Wasn’t that easy? It took me 15 minutes to make 18 of them! :)

 

DIY: 30 Minute Marshmallow Pops Tutorial

Need a quick treat for a shower or party? Marshmallow pops are cheap, quick & easy!

My friend and I made these this week in about half an hour. We got 25 party favors which doubled as baby shower table decor for $12!

What you need:

 

First, insert the Paper Stripey Straws into the marshmallows.
Then put them in the freezer for 10 minutes.
By freezing them, the sticks stay ‘stuck’ better, and the melting candies will harden faster!

While they were freezing, I found a box and used a screw driver to poke holes in it so I could stand the pops up as they cooled so they didn’t get a “flat edge” and so I could work quickly before the candy hardened.

Next, melt the melting candies using one of the manufacturers suggestions

Then dip the marshmallows in. If you are using sprinkles or other toppings, immediately put them on before the candy hardens. Then set them in the “box stand” until they harden! If you are using additional melting candies to drizzle, add them once the first color hardens! I used Wilton’s Candy Decorating Bags to drizzle pink on top.

Once they are complete, you can use food-safe bags to cover them for your event!
Wasn’t that easy? :)