YOU WILL NEED
• Nat Geo Kids straw pattern or printer paper
• Non-toxic glue
• Glass jar
• Paraffin wax
• Candle warmer or large cooking pot
• Paper towel
PLANET PROTECTOR TIP!
These paper straws will last only about a day. Ask your parents to purchase reusable straws made of bamboo, metal, glass, or silicone that you can use forever!
Make these paper straws!
Print out the Nat Geo Kids straw pattern and cut it out, or use a piece of printer paper cut into 1.5-inch-wide strips.
Add a long line of glue on the side without the pattern.
Place a chopstick at an angle on the back of the paper. Then roll the paper around the chopstick until it's completely covered. (Be careful to roll the paper on top of itself so you don't get glue on the chopstick!)
Roll the paper.
Wait 10 minutes for the glue to dry, then wiggle the chopstick out frm inside the paper tube.
Remove the chopstick.
Cut both ends of the tube to make them even.
Cut the ends.
Grab a parent and put the wax in a glass jar. Melt the wax by either putting the jar on a candle warmer or in a pot of warm water on the stove.
Melt the wax.
Dip the paper tube into the melted wax one half at a time (this part might get a little messy!) Then gently wipe the tube with a paper towel to get off any extra wax. Let the straws dry about 10 minutes before using.
Dip the paper in the wax.
Text by Allyson Shaw, NG Staff
Photographs by Shannon Hibberd, NG Staff