Plastic waste causes several bad effects to the environment. Our future life are in danger because of our generation’s actions. So have you ever thought about recycling plastic to reduce plastic waste to the ocean and landfill. Why don’t you recycle and reuse plastic straws instead of throwing away after drinking a coke? You can make a lot of crafts by using used drinking straws to decorate your beautiful house or make a gift for your friends. It requires some patience and talent but I don’t think it’s too difficult. Let’s try some DIY Ideas from Used Drinking Straws below:
1. Drinking Straw Necklaces
You should prepare: Colorful spring straws, metal chain, glue, scissors
Firstly, you have to cut colorful plastic straws into pieces. And then bend them and punch holes in them. After that, you make them into triangles and link one into the other. You may fiddle with those straws a little bit until you got the perfect size you want. Next, you have to glue each one of the ends in to the other end. Last but not least, to save the other parts of the drinking straws, you may want to put holes in the straws so that you can put metal chain links through the holes and build structures of the necklace.
2. Straw Earrings
Are you a fan of boba milk tea? I guess you are. After drinking boba tea, don’t throw those straws away, let’s recycle them into nice earrings.
You should prepare: Colorful plastic traws, glue, jump rings, earring wires. At first, you cut neon straw into small pieces. Then, make 2 holes with a needle, pass a jump rings into it and fix earring wire. After that, drew a circle on paper to make the shape and glue straw pieces together. Tada, you’ve done your crafts
3. Straw sunburst frame
This sunburst frame is an example of a luxurious DIY Idea that can beat anything you could have ever bought in an interior store. With just simple & cheap materials, you totally make yourself a magnificent decoration like this fantastically fabulous frame. You can place it anywhere in the house and guests who come to visit your house will unceasingly praise for its beauty.
What you will need: A cardboard ring, a hot glue gun, drinking straws, spray paint, a circle carton
Firstly, you should be ready with the hot glue gun.
Then, glue these straws in a circular carton with little space between them. You have to be careful if you don’t want to be wonky and crooked.
After you've got one layer, make a 2nd and 3rd layer glued to fill in the gaps. It is important that you try to hide the hot glue and don't spread it everywhere, which will help create the final layer and overall look of the frame.
Next step is to cut some straws in half or thirds and keep sticking them until you get the shape you want and everything is covered. For the final layer, you cut the straws short, and then stick them in places where you can finish the look you want. Then I cut the other straws at random lengths so they look different, random and better.
After all steps above done, the final step is to spray paint. You should place the frame on the grass and spray to avoid floor getting dirty or you can put papers under it and continue spraying it. Remember to paint the tips of the straws and draw evenly all over and around the sides.
4. Straw Cake Toppers
What about unique funky straw cake toppers for the birthday party. That would be fun!
Things you should prepare: Colorful drinking straws, bamboo sticks, scissors
First, cut straws into small pieces as you want. Then, you cut 2 holes in the center of the straws to make it easier to pass the bamboo sticks.
5. Straw Geodesic Dome
This craft is a great idea to encourage teamwork and an common example for team building events.
You should prepare: 60 straws (2 colors, 30 straws each color), pipe cleaners, scissors, ruler.
Here are the basic steps to take:
- Cut straws into two different lengths (Strings A & B)
- Create 6 pentagon parts
- Connect them together into an arch
- Step 1: Choose a color as Strut A and another color as Strut B.
- Step 2: Strut B must be 0.885 smaller than strut A. To determine the length to be cut off Strut B, measure Strut A and multiply that number by 0.885. You now have the dimensions of Strut B.
- Step 3: Cut a total of 30 B struts.
- Step 4: Create some pentagons! Strut A will be the outer surface of each pentagon and strut B will be the middle sections. Take strut A and pass the pipe cleaner through it. Bend the end to fix it in place around the suction tube. Join more pipe cleaners if needed to create a continuous length of pipe cleaner by tightening the ends of the pipe cleaner together.
- Step 5: Insert 4 more straws into the pipe cleaner, then bend into a pentagon and fix the ends together.
- Step 6: Insert strut B into the long end of the pipe cleaner (add more pipe cleaner if needed) then thread the pipeline cleaner into an adjacent suction tube and out the other side.
- Step 7: Only add Strut B through the pipe cleaner and an adjacent suction tube.
- Step 8: Insert the last 1 Strut B into the pipe cleaner and then fix all B struts in the center of the pentagon. It helps to wrap the pipe cleaner around the joint of one pair of B struts and then wrap it around the second pair. Thread the end of the filter tube back into one of the straw struts to hide it.
- Step 9: Create 5 more pentagons as described above. For a full sphere, grab a glass of lemonade and make 11 more pentagons!
Make the Dome:
- Step 1: Take a pentagon and thread a pipe cleaning tool aside, fixed at the end. This will be your central pentagon.
- Step 2: Pass the long end of the pipe cleaner through a strut B of the second pentagon. Make sure that the sharp faces of the figures are facing out. Pull them together.
- Step 3: Repeat steps one and two to join a third, fourth, and fifth pentagon at the joints of the central pentagon. Make sure pull it tightly.
- Step 4: Take Strut B's singles and feed them through the base of the lower pentagons, alternating pentagons and struts. Pull tight.
How to make a sphere:
Step 1: Take 1 pentagon and thread a pipe cleaner through one side, secure at the end. This will be your center pentagon.
Step 2: Thread the long end of the pipe cleaner through one Strut B of a second pentagon. Make sure the pointed sides of the shapes are facing OUT. Then, you pull them together.
Step 3: Repeat 2 steps above to connect a third, fourth, and fifth pentagon at the joints of the center pentagon. Remember to pull tightly. You will get the first half of the sphere
Step 4: Repeat Step 1-3 to make a second half of the sphere.
Step 5: Join the two half together. Thread a pipe cleaner through Strut B of one pentagon on one sphere. Secure at the end.
Step 6: Next, instead of threading single Strut B’s around the base as we did to make a dome, you will use the Strut B’s of the second sphere as the connectors. Thread the pipe cleaner through one Strut B on the second sphere half. The second sphere half should be positioned facing the opposite direction of first half. Continue threading pipe cleaners through the bottom loop of both halves to form a complete sphere. Secure the starting and ending points together.
Good luck and I hope you will to make things that are really “out of the box”.