In the summer I love drinking just about anything (soda, juice, water, tea, lemonade…) out of a straw. I don’t know why but something about the straw makes me feel like I am on vacation. And who doesn’t want to feel that way!? But I don’t like wasting stuff- and straws are really just a waste. A tube of plastic used once and then tossed…not so good for the environment.
So last year when I was busy making Christmas ornaments I came up with a way to reuse said straws. After I drink with them, I would rinse them in the sink and then collect them in a “used straw” cup. Then in the studio whenever I needed to poke a small hole in anything the straw was the perfect way to do this. Once the straw is filled with too much clay to keep using, I just snip off the full part and keep going. Quite clever if you ask me.
This year I am making mini-ornaments. Irresistible, adorable, tiny, little gingerbread men and Christmas trees but I realized my old straw trick won’t work. These little cuties are too small to use a standard straw. Luckily, I was quick on my feet and thought what about coffee stirrers?! I happen to have a box of them that I found in a cabinet of the house I now live in, so now they have a purpose- mini hole punchers for clay!!
Now it is time I get back to my studio, sip my drink out of my straw and make some more ornaments!
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