Do you happen to have tall grass on your property? Take advantage: it could easily be turned into some useful and artisan quality objects, like natural straws, both for your household and for those special times out. We’ll show you how.
Our grass crop is absolutely chemical free, vigorous and healthy, so we could feel really comfortable to walk up to the best looking stalks and harvest them before the severe frosts and snow would damage their integrity.
This is the handful the ladies chose – the grasses dwarfing them both, but not for long. Cheryl took them into the garden, laid them on a path and with a pair of large and sharp scissors she started cutting the stems couple of centimeters or about an inch below and above their nodes. The nodes are definitely not holey, but based on our experience the pith fills the inside of the stems right around the nodes, too.
Now it’s good to make sure that the stem segment is actually usable. An easy way to do it is by blowing into one end and loosely holding a finger on the other end of the stem. If you can feel the air current coming out, then it will work for sucking up liquids with, as well. If not, you can try clipping more of the straw away from either end to remove all of the pith blockage, using this blow technique after each cut. If these natural straws are for company or you make them as gifts, you can always sanitize them by dropping the straws for a minute into clean boiling water of drinking quality, because they won’t disintegrate. By the way, based on our earlier trials we found these natural straws to work excellent with hot drinks, too – an additional advantage versus plastic or glass.
When Cheryl saved all she could from the initial tall bouquet and spread some of the waste over a garden bed as mulch (saving the rest for another fun project), we were ready to try them out: at home and away…
Note the beautiful and natural color variation of the straws. Just pick the ones you fancy the most by shade or sound and what best suit your needs (more viscous liquids will take thicker straws), and you are ready to go. Although you could wash them, it’s best if these natural straws are regarded single use items and then composted or used as fire starters. But be sure to juice them up first: