Project: Jonathan Adler Diet Pepsi Straw Necklace

Nick and I were picking up some decorating supplies this weekend when I did a double take in the pop aisle. Intrigued I exclaimed, “Excuse me, do I see a Jonathan Adler goodie?! A Jonathan Adler Diet Pepsi goodie?!” Yep, sure enough there was a big display of Jonathan Adler for Diet Pepsi paper straws in front of me.

According to Pepsico’s website, Jonathan teamed up with the soda pop machine to create these limited-edition drink accessories this summer. The straws are available at only 960 Target locations across the country and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

The timing could not have been better. I had paper straws on the brain last week knowing I wanted to come up with some fun craft projects involving them. I found these red-and-white striped paper straws at Paper Source, but when I saw the Jonathan straws, I knew I had everything that I needed to get crafting.

Did you ever make paper beads as a kid, rolling up magazine or craft paper to make small beads? My mind immediately traveled that way as I thought smaller pieces of the straw might look good together in a patriotic, fun necklace for the Fourth of July.


  • Two different kinds of paper straws of your choice (Hopefully they’re the Jonathan Diet Pepsi straws!)
  • Scissors
  • Baker’s twine
  • Ruler
  • Safety pin
  • Tape

Start out by cutting five lengths of baker’s twine that’s 23″ long. Set aside.

Next, cut your straws into 2-inch pieces. You’ll need nine pieces per strand, alternating straws.

Once you have a pile of straw pieces, you can start threading them onto your twine. Take one strand and put a small piece of tape at one end. This will help keep the paper beads from slipping off as you work with the piece. Alternate your two straws as you thread nine of them onto the twine.

Repeat this for the four remaining strands. When that’s done, gather the five strands together and tie a knot at either end of the grouping. (If you like more length to work with to tie knots, add a few more inches to the piece of baker’s twine you before you cut it.) Trim off any excess twine.

Use your large safety pin to act as a closure (classy, I realize).

You’re all set.

By grouping five strands together, the necklace takes on a bigger look and doesn’t remind you too much of a camp crafting project. My necklace sits right at my collar bone.

This necklace was fun to make. I plan on wearing it during my Fourth of July festivities tomorrow, that’s for sure.

To learn more about these fun, mod straws, check out these blogs:

Betty Confidential
Cupcakes and Cutlery