Candy Stripe Monogram

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

I truly feel that the paper straw is a highly underrated crafting material. As a functional straw, I kind of think they suck (see what I did there?!). There’s just something that I don’t like about drinking through paper. Kind of right up there with disposable wooden ice cream spoons. Blech. It might just be me. Nonetheless, they are cute as heck, am I right?

Quite some time ago I got this 20″ tall wooden R. I wish I could tell you why.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

A mighty fine letter.

I just decided I needed it. And clearly I did, because it has been sitting around collecting cobwebs for a very long time. Until a couple of days ago when I decided to glue straws all over it.

Obviously, there are a plethora of fairly inexpensive craft store letters that could be used here (see here for an example). In fact, one could even cut a letter out of flat cardboard and achieve this same look without paying a dime. But I had a big wooden R that was calling my name.  I can’t quite remember, but I think I got it from here.  My paper straws came from Amazon.

I simply measured and cut the straws to fit, lining their patterns up and hot-gluing them one at a time. I decided that I wanted to have wide, alternating stripes of two differently-laid patterns, so I measured out five, four inch tall sections.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

Measuring out my horizontal stripes with expert-level precision.

The sections would contrast between having the stripe pattern line up, and having it not line up (incidentally, I learned that the patterns on these straws are not uniform, therefore, it was nearly impossible to have them line up properly. Duly noted).

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

Ah, the chaos of crafting.

When every straw had been singularly glued in place, I then simply glued ribbon around the perimeter of the letter to hide the bare edges (as well as the open, not-so-pretty ends of the straws).

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

The ribbon is an easy, tailored finish for what were fairly gruesome edges.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

A close up of the alternating patterns.  And of the way they really don’t line up very well.  But eh…good enough.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

The R looks great hanging over our off-center temporary range. I may just leave it up until we get ourselves a grown-up range and hood.

The kitchen is starting to look rather Christmassy. I heart it.

Christmas Kitchen Decor from Farmhouse38

Miniature rosemary wreaths are a quick, adorable holiday accent, straight from the garden.

Christmas Kitchen Holiday Decor from Farmhouse38

More kitchen holiday cheer.

Candy Stripe Monogram (using paper straws) from Farmhouse38

Yep. I think I may just leave it all year round.


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21 thoughts on “Candy Stripe Monogram

  1. home, garden, life December 6, 2013 at 12:46 am Reply

    Once again, over the top clever gal!

  2. Becky Neville December 6, 2013 at 1:02 am Reply


  3. cindyricksgers December 6, 2013 at 1:13 am Reply

    Very sweet!

  4. Cate December 6, 2013 at 1:49 am Reply

    Very clever, as always 🙂

  5. Lindsey December 6, 2013 at 7:25 am Reply

    Love the R, but I think I Love the mini rosemary wreaths even more!!!

  6. Charlotte Zweigoron December 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Wanna do a ‘Z’? I love your ‘R’ but would go crazy with the cutting and the glueing…! I do have a rosemary bush or two in the yard so I think I’ll go with that project… Thanks!!

  7. Debbie Manno December 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm Reply

    You my dear are smokin hot! I love this little monogram. I wanted to tell you your home tour, was awesome. In fact, even today over a week later, someone on facebook, which I don’t know who shared it on their page and people are coming out of the wood work. I hope you have read some of the lovely comments you are receiving because I know they will make you smile from ear to ear. I thank you again. I know we had some technical difficulties to start with, but it all worked out. XO

    • farmhouseK8 December 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm Reply

      LOL–aww, thank you, Debbie! I haven’t gotten to get back over there and take a look (been a busy week!!), but I will head over. Thanks again for the opportunity–I really appreciate it! 😀

  8. Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life December 8, 2013 at 6:45 am Reply

    Just love this. Can never go wrong with red and white.

  9. jean December 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply

    Deliciously cute! Love the straw idea. I rather like your stove. Clean and simple. Your whole kitchen is gorgeous.

  10. Cluck & Hoe December 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm Reply

    Very fun and clever. I love the little rosemary wreaths, will be borrowing that idea as well. Thank you for sharing. Oh and your backsplash is AWmazing! I hope to one day borrow that idea too. Love it!!

  11. Laura March 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm Reply

    My I ask what kind of glue you used? I love, love, love, this crafty monogram! Thanks

    • farmhouseK8 March 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply

      Just hot glue! Thanks, Laura! 😀

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