When I spotted these large drinking straws in fabulous colors at my favorite Swedish retalier, (yes we have Ikea in Israel and the food in the restuarant is kosher!) I just had to buy quite a few bags as I knew they'd be great for crafting. I have actually started making chanukah decorations using these straws, and while I can't share them with you just yet, I was doing research to see what other crafters had made using straws and I came across this great project from Aunt Peaches, and then realized that I had even featured it on craft schooling Sunday a few years back.
So of course, I had to give it a try and this is the result! Pretty darn cute, I must say, and would look great for just about any occasion or even hung in a child's room from the ceiling. Gotta try that one!
- colorful drinking straws, or just one metallic or solid color if you prefer
- zip ties
How To: This is so simple you're not gonna believe it, but you may need assistance from someone with lots of strength in their hands! All you do is take 25 or 30 straws, and gather them together in a bunch. Wrap a zip tie around the middle of the bunch and then pull as hard as you can so that the zip tie closes as much as possible.
The large starburst seen here was made with straws as-is, while the small size was made by cutting each straw in half. After closing the zip tie as tightly as you can, go back again and try to pull it even tighter. Trim if desired. And now go make a bunch more!