Crazy New Uses For Drinking Straws Around The House

Many of us use straws on a daily basis to sip our favorite drinks. They come in a variety of sizes and colors suitable for the whole family. Straws are easy and durable to use. But have you ever wondered about the other interesting and amazing uses that straws can have?

Think outside the box for once and use straws for more than just sipping a drink. Don't throw away that collection of straws in your junk drawer just yet. 

From pencil holders to saving jewelry, here are a ton of DIY uses for straws all around your house!

1. Tweezers Protection

Zach Hoeken

Have you ever wanted to protect your tweezers from becoming dull? You can actually cover the tweezer tips with a straw to better protect them.

2. Keep Jewelry Tangle-Free


No one likes the headaches that come with untangling chains and necklaces. Slide your chains through a straw to keep them knot and tangle-free.

3. DIY Vacuum Bag

Steven Depolo

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on vacuum-sealed bags, create your own. Use a straw to suck the air out of a plastic bag before placing them in your freezer or refrigerator.

4. Strain Broken Cork Pieces

Derek Gavey

After opening a bottle of wine, you can fish out the broken cork pieces with a straw. Put a straw over the broken cork piece, and place your finger at the other end of the straw to create suction. 

5. Strawberry Trick

Richard Smith

Want an easy way to get rid of a strawberry stalk? You can do so by sliding a straw through the strawberry to easily pop the green stalk out.

6. Funnel Extender


Funnels are nice to have around the house, but sometimes they're not long enough to get the job done. A straw can be used as a funnel extender to help with those odd jobs.

7. Create Fun Spokes


Use colorful straws to create fun and colorful spokes for your bicycle. Simply cut the straws lengthwise and into segments and place them on the each spoke.

8. Use As A Pencil Holder


If you have a notebook or journal you use while on the go, you can create a makeshift pencil holder with a straw. Tape the straw on the side of the notebook or journal, and now you have a pen/pencil holder.

9. Save Your Coffee

Amanda W

Save your coffee from spilling while you're on the go by folding a straw in half and placing it in the small opening of the lid.


10. Keep Track Of Hanging Wires

Dom Pates

Label the various electronic wires with a straw to keep the wires neat and organized. The straws will also keep the wires from splitting and breaking.

11. Label Your Garden

F.D. Richards

Instead of buying garden label stakes at your local store, you can use straws. Cut the straws and label them to create your very own DIY garden.

12. Use Them As Toothpicks

Gerwin Sturm

A straw could be the perfect substitute for a toothpick when you desperately need it. Just bite the end of the straw to create a sharp point to remove unwanted food from your teeth.

13. Unclog A Ketchup Bottle

Mike Mozart

An easy way to unclog that stubborn ketchup bottle is to insert a straw into it. Wiggle the straw around until it reaches the bottom, and the ketchup bottle becomes unclogged.

14. Travel Containers

Tiffany Terry

For the extreme travelers, create your own travel-size containers by using straws to hold things like lotion and makeup. Seal the ends with a lighter or heat sealer.

15. Save Droopy Flowers


Droopy flowers can easily be saved with a few straws. Place the flower stem inside of a straw, and your flowers will be standing up in no time.

16. Make A Fire Starter

One Good Thing

Using a straw as a fire starter is easy. You need some vaseline-saturated, shredded cotton balls and then you stuff them inside a plastic straw. Plug the ends and you now have a portable fire starter.

17. Keeping Pins Neat And Tidy

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You can use a straw to keep pins under control if you don't have a bobby pin holder handy. Fold one end of the straw and tape it up. Fill the straw with pins. Fold the other end and tape that up too. 

18. Creating Package Cushioning

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Making those little cushions used for packaging delicate items is really easy. Put a straw in the edge of a zip lock sealed bag and blow to inflate. Then seal the bag.

19. Raise Up Flowers

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You can get flowers to sit at whatever height you like in a vase by putting straws on the stems. However, if you want them to last - make sure you put enough water in the vase to reach the exposed stem too. 

20. Single Use Flower Vases

One Good Thing

Straws are also good for making single-use, single-stem flower vases. This can be good when giving lots of people an individual flower when transporting them. 


21. Salt And Pepper Holders

One Good Thing

Going on a picnic and don't want to take the salt and pepper grinders? No problem. Tape one end of a straw closed. Fill it with the seasoning of your choice. Tape the other end closed. Repeat as necessary.

22. Easy Cat Toys

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If your feline friend is driving you to distraction, you can ensure that they have hours of fun by giving them a straw. Cats love straws. 

23. Self-Watering Plants

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Take an empty wine bottle with a cork. Drill into the cork (all the way) through and insert a straw in it. Fill the bottle with water and insert the straw in a plant pot (don't bend the straw). The plant will then draw the water it needs as it needs it.

24. Back Up Eye Dropper

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If you need to apply eye drops in a hurry but don't have a dropper, you can use a straw. Put the straw in the drops. Cover the end (to create a vacuum). Hold in place until you're ready to drop the liquid in the eye. Please, if you do this, use a clean straw.

25. Making Jello Worms

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Those wonderful jello worms that kids love? They're very easy to make. Just squeeze jello into straws and let them cool. Then stand back and feel like a supermom. 

26. Paint Brush Drying Rack

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Keeping your paint brushes clean is essential to preserving them, but how do you dry the brush afterward? Simple - place it in a drinking straw and stand in a dry glass. The water will run off and the brush will stay in shape as it does. 

27. Makeshift Hair Curlers

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Want to curl your hair but don't want to buy curlers? Don't. Wrap your hair around a straw and secure with a bobby pin. Repeat as necessary. Blow dry on a cool setting. That's all there is to it.

28. Instant Nozzles For Dispensers

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Caulking guns, foam guns, etc. They all come with nozzles and those nozzles get lost over time. That's OK, just use a straw instead. It works fine. 

29. Create Visible Croquet Wickets

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As you can see from this image, croquet wickets can very easily blend into the background making it hard to play the game. Putting colored straws on them can make them much easier to see. 

30. Entertaining The Kids

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Dip the straw in the paint. Put your finger over the top to create a vacuum. Bring to the paper and blow down the straw! Now, you've got a whole new art form for your kids to enjoy. 

Now that you have a few ideas how to repurpose straws, how will you use them?

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