For a fun birthday activity and unique party favor, craft the Festive Birthday Straws.  These straws can be made from colored cardstock, a hole punch, plastic straws, and markers.  Once complete, children will have a fun way to drink from their cups.  At the end of the party, simply slip the decorations from the straw and allow children to bring them home for a fun birthday memory!

What you'll need:

  • Colored cardstock
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Plastic Straws (1 per person)
How to make your Festive Birthday Straws
  1. Cut out a small shape from the colored cardstock.  Make sure that it is no more than 1 ½ inches wide since that could cause the straw to become too cumbersome and spill the contents of your cup!  (see photos)
  2. Decorate the piece of cardstock with markers or crayons.  If you are doing this prior to the birthday party, decorate the straws with the birthday party theme (ex: Pirate, nature, Dress-Up, Magic, etc.) or write “Happy Birthday” on all of them.  If this is an activity done during the birthday party, encourage kids to draw something related to the theme.  You could even offer them a prize for the most creative straw!  (see photos)
  3. Using the hole punch, punch out a hole at the top and bottom of the piece of colored cardstock.  Make sure that the holes line up.  (see photos)
  4. Insert the straw in the top hole and out the bottom hole.  (see photos)
  5. Your straws are ready to use!  Don’t forget to send kids home with their creations at the end of the party.  For a fun bonus, bundle up a few extra straws in a rubber band and send each kid home with a bundle to make at home!
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