How to Make Art With Straws

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How to Make Art With Straws
Recycle plastic drinking straws into arts and crafts projects. (drinking straws image by weim from

Plastic drinking straws can be the building blocks for kid's arts and crafts projects as well as for decorative home decor. You can recycle plastic drinking straws into three-dimensional wall art to decorate a contemporary or eclectic home. Artistically challenged beginners can easily make wall art with straws and a few supplies from the craft store. Embellish the straw art with mixed media designs that include foam shapes, wire armatures and beaded strands.

Things you need

  • Artist's canvas
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint sponge
  • Egg carton
  • Craft knife
  • Pencils
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • Viscous craft glue
  • Foam sheets, several colours
  • Flower templates
  • Flat-backed glass marble

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    Paint an artist's canvas to the desired background colour with a light coat of spray paint. Hold the spray can parallel with the canvas and move it smoothly from side to side as you spray. Allow the paint to dry before applying a second coat. You can also paint the canvas with acrylics and a paint sponge.

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    Cut slits in the top of an egg carton large enough to fit the diameter of a pencil. Close the egg carton. Stand pencils vertically in the slits.

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    Cut plastic drinking straws into a variety of lengths. Fit the cut pieces over the end of the pencils.

  4. 4

    Paint each straw a different colour using acrylic paint and a paint sponge. Turn the pencil to paint the circumference of the straw. Allow the paint to dry. Apply a second coat as needed.

  5. 5

    Place the canvas face up on a flat surface. Arrange the multicoloured straws on the canvas. The order and position of the straws is subjective; angle them randomly, line them in rows or create words or letters.

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    Glue the straws in place with viscous craft glue. Hang the canvas.

  1. 1

    Paint the artist's canvas. Prepare the egg carton with pencils. Cut the plastic straws into lengths that vary between 3 and 6 inches. Paint the outside circumference of the straws green.

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    Trace and cut out flower shapes from different colours of foam paper.

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    Glue the green straws as flower stems onto the painted canvas. Place the longest straw in the centre and two shorter straws in a "V" shape at the base. Glue a flower cutout at the top of each stem.

  4. 4

    Glue a flat-backed glass marble into the centre of each flower.

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