Modifications included the use of a real straw, since I actually happened to have one of the right color at my place. I also included bullet holes, just by skipping 2-3 st with 2-3 ch, depending on how big you want the hole. Then I crocheted 3 tubes in red (4sc in magic circle, 2sc in ea st, and sc in ea st until desired length is reached. Then just sew the tubes to the holes in his body, making sure enough red is showing so they look like bullet holes. It is filled with pinto beans, and is a great pen/crochet hook holder. I used him for a while to hold my e-cigarettes(pictured).