How to Make Plastic Straw Ornaments
This elegant ornament is suprisingly made of plastic straws. Learn how to create your own ornament with these instructions from designer Theresa DiCello.
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14 jumbo straws
white crochet thread
2 small pearls
2 small spangles or (use two large sequins)
scissors with pointed ends
1. Cut 12 pieces of straw 1-1/2 inches long, angling the ends in opposite directions (Figure A). For variation cut straws two inches long.
2. Cut 20 pieces of straw 1-1/2 inches long, one end cut at an angle, the other end shredded (Figure B). For variation these straws can be cut longer or shorter.
5. Curl the shredded pieces by gently pulling the blade of the scissors across the slits as you would curl ribbon (Figure E). Place the end of the straw in boiling water to set the curl.
6. Cut 18 pieces of straw 1-1/4 inches long, shredded at one end and angled
at the other end. Follow step two for setting the curled end. Note: For variation these straws can be cut longer or shorter.
7. Cut 22 pieces of straw 1/2 inch long angled in the same direction.
1. Thread the needle.
4. String 10, 1-1/2 inch pieces of shredded end straws, puncturing the angled end from the inside of the straw (Figure H).
6. String nine, 1-1/4 inch pieces of shredded end straw, puncturing the angled end from the inside of the straw. Tie tightly in a circle. Cut the string short. Carefully flatten the piece. Make two (Figure J).
7. String 11, 1/2 inch pieces of straw puncturing from inside of the pointed end (Figure K). Slide the straws down the string to leave a longer string.
8. Tie tightly in a circle (Figure L). Bring the string forward and insert the sequin (spangle), through the pearl, around the pearl and through the sequin (spangle) on other side; tie tightly.
10. Place piece from step 5 on top of the one in step 4; tie tightly. Then place the above piece on top of the one made in step 3; tie tightly; then all of the above pieces are tied to the one made in step 2.
- These flowers look pretty with white straw which can be purchased from restaurant suppliers. The flowers are also nice when made from striped straws (Figure R).
Use these glass ornaments as place card holders on your table. Follow these instructions by Tim Holtz to make your own ornaments.