14 of the Best Drinking Straw Crafts

Straw crafts are among my top things to make with unusual materials, because of the huge variety they come in, and the extremely low cost. These straw crafts will have you stocking up on them in every color and form! Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.

 

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

When it comes to crafting, thinking out of the box with craft materials can definitely help cut costs. They also help get results that are unique and one-of-a-kind.

 

Straws are among my favorite because of the diverse selection that they come in, and the crazy low cost. You may have crafted with straws among your first jewelry crafts, but it goes far beyond that. This post does include some amazing next-level straw jewelry crafts. But it also has some spectacular creations – from easy to expert – that you’ll definitely want to try.

 

Cheap plastic straws in normal and jumbo sizes last well and are great for spray painting or otherwise covering. Honestly, I was amazed at some of the designs here that make the most of what I might have thought were tacky colors (like those plant hangers below.) 

 

Paper straws come in every color, and pattern making them perfect as a design element of your craft. They are made of thick paper, so they won’t stand up to water, but they are fun and great for more temporary crafts.

 

These 14 straw crafts will get yoru creative juices flowing, and give you plenty of straw inspiration!

 

14 straw crafts you’ll want to try!

 

Click on the image or the title to be taken to the tutorial for each of these straw crafts. Please note that image copyrights belong to the respective authors of each of these ideas. If you are sharing this post, please do so using the first or last (collaged) image, and not the individual craft.

 

 

1. No one will guess what’s inside these string wrapped beads! Make creative jewelry using these beads that are lightweight and cost pennies to make.

Make these beautiful DIY string wrapped beads and then make your own jewelry with them! It's an easy jewelry making craft for kids, teens, or beginners.

 

2. Make these adorable Curious George-inspired kite decorations by Creative Jewish Mom.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

3. Wow! You’d never guess that these modern geometric hanging diamonds are made from cheap plastic drinking straws! Check out the tutorial from Sugar & Cloth.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

4. These  ninjas by Frugal Fun for Boys look like so much fun to play with! I might use her tutorial for other figurines for my son.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

5. I love the creative use of straws by Tutus & Tea Parties to line this tray!

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

6. These starburst ornaments by Creative Jewish Mom will dress up any occasion with its vivid colors – and it’s crazy easy to make!

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

7. Straw rockets by Buggy and Buddy are a fun toy for your child to play with and launch.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

8. Make this amazing neon pyramid necklace from straws! I love a good jewelry making craft, and Creme de la Craft really hit it out of the park with this one.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

9. Use straws to make the lightsabers on these adorable light-up cards by Left Brain Craft Brain.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

10. Fabric and paper bracelets by Mama Miss make a great kid-made gift.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

11. Use this step-by-step tutorial by Brit + Co. to make neon hanging planters that add a pop of color to any room!

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

12. Make this beautiful springy vase by Amy Krist to freshen your home on the cheap.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

13. Your children can make these pan pipes by Naturally Educational to play on. Dont’ worry, the sound isn’t too loud.

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

14. Make these edible worms (ew!) by cpacker1 on Instructables using straws – perfect for a prank, or for Halloween!


 

I hope you enjoyed these amazing straw crafts! Comment below with your ideas for things to make with straws!

 

14 of the BEST and most unique things to make with straws - these straw crafts use both paper straws and plastic, and include kids crafts, adult DIY, and unique ideas for teens too.

 

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6 Comments

  1. I can’t believe some of these are made from straws! That necklace is amazing. Thanks for including our Star Wars cards, too.

  2. Just wondering as lot of new research shows how harmful straws are to the environment, I hope we as art teacher are not contributing to the landfills by using low grade toxic plastic

  3. Sydney Roberts Rockefeller

    I am really happy some of you are thinking of straws and the environment! I am thinking of buying up all of our villages’ plastic straws (and swizzle sticks) to make art with them and to educate through a Maritime Museum I Chair.

  4. This is a great idea! I know several people that would donate their colorful straws to the one “crafty” person:)

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