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Have you noticed that plastic bags are starting to fade away as grocery stores across the nation have planned to discontinue their use? This comes after the plastic straw has lost favor significantly among beverage drinkers, in favor of metal. Are you seeing a trend?

The trend toward environmental responsibility has been championed in no small part by a group of teenagers called VSCO girls.

If you’re reading this post, chances are good that you know what a VSCO girl is, or are one yourself! You may even be wearing 5 scrunchies around your wrist and sipping out of a metal straw as you read this. Given the title of the article, it’s also probably not a stretch to assume you might be interested in creating some of these VSCO fashion accessories yourself.

How to Make a Wrist Scrunchie

Let’s start off with a little relief…you do not need to know how to sew to make this scrunchie! As far as tools go, all you need is a hot glue gun (or some fabric glue).

Start off with a piece of fabric about 24 inches wide and 5 inches tall. You don’t have be exact on those measurements.

Add a bead of hot glue (or fabric glue) along one of the shorter sides of the fabric.

Quickly fold the edge over and press down so the glue sticks.

Repeat for the other side. This will ensure that you don’t have frayed edges on your scrunchie.

Now, we’re going to fold the fabric in the other direction, in half and glue it together lengthwise.

And finally slip a piece of elastic through the tube you just created and tie it together at the ends to create a “circle”.

You can use anything for the elastic. Even cut tie together rubber bands or hair ties!

Make Your Own Metal Straws

Making your own metal drinking straws is so easy that you’ll wonder why you’ve never considered it!

I don’t need to bore you with details here! Just buy some round metal tubing and start cutting!

This product is perfect because it’s just slightly wider than a traditional drinking straw, making it perfect for liquid beverages as well as smoothies. And believe it or not, it’s already sized perfectly as a drinking straw at about 9.5″ long. So, you can skip the cutting part and just give them a good wash!

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If you are interested in trying out some different materials (brass, for example) or sizes, check out this Amazon search for a list of metal tubing that’ll work.

If you want to get real fancy, you could even pick up a tube bender to give your straw a bit of a drinking angle!

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