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DIY Honey Sticks

Now that Spring is here the bees are out to make some honey.

Honey is believed to offer many medicinal benefits due to its antiseptic cleansing properties as well as satisfying your sweet tooth. It makes a great addition to your tea, toast, yogurt and to many other foods. Learn more about the properties of honey at www.benefits-of-honey.com/

Support local beekeeping to fight the efforts of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
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Common honey product such as Honey Sticks (sometimes spelled Honey Stix) make it easy to enjoy honey anywhere you go. Here is a simple DIY Honey Sticks project.


Before you can begin, you will need a couple supplies.

- Handful of straws (any straight or bendy straw will do)
- Jar of honey
- 1 Lighter or heat sealer
- 1 Syringe (make sure the tip will fit into the straw)
- Pair of scissors
- Paper towels or cloth (it's going to get messy :])


 
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Step 1: Trim Bendy Straws

Note : If you have straight straws, please move onto step 2.

For this project I was not able to find straight straws, but bendy straws do just fine.

If you have bendy straws, it's a best to first trim off the bendy part a.k.a. the fun part. Use you scissors to separate the straight end from the bendy end. Just like I have.

If you wish for shorter straws, simply cut them to the desired length. I've cut my straws in half.

I would hate to throw away the rest of the straws. It would be great to get suggestions on what to do with these straws.
tbusch17 months ago

I'm always burning my fingers with hot glue, and have found these finger protectors work great for me (and with a coupon are only about $3). http://www.joann.com/finger-protectors/12536330.ht... I haven't tried it with melted straws, but I think they'd work for that, too.

Ωmega1 year ago
This is a very interesting technique, and it has many different applications other than storing honey. Great idea.
Kez131 year ago
Hi,
Could you not have sealed on end first before filling it with honey, then seal the other end?

Thanks
xero_o (author)  Kez131 year ago
A pocket large pocket of air is created when you try to pour/inject the honey with one end sealed. This makes it difficult to fill the straw because the air is unable to escape. At best it leaves you with about half of a straw worth of honey.
snoyes3 years ago
"The secret is not minding that it hurts."

Seems like a clothespin or binder clip might solve the burning fingers problem, for those of us who aren't Lawrence of Arabia.
a pair of pliers will give you an even better crimp than finger or even binder clips would.
Browncoat3 years ago
But doesn't burning plastic give of toxic fumes? That would make me worry about toxic junk getting into the honey. Interesting idea, though.
You don't have to burn the straw, just hold the flame close enough for the tip of the straw to melt a bit. Still works just as well, then just pinch closed with pliers or a multi-tool :)
tomsoulm82 years ago
There is another instructable that uses the throw-away part of your straw to make jello worms :) I think these would work for that purpose.
These taste absolutely wonderful.
-MasterfulChef
it will also crystallize if you put it over the stove, perhaps in a cabnet and boil water often
just cut off the litterally bendy part and use the rest for minis