Saturday, March 13, 2010

Straw Flower Sticks



Here's another great weekend project. We have made so many of the straw flower sticks the house looks like a meadow.

For this project you need: bamboo sticks and straws.

Flatten the straw using a letter opener, scissors or a knife.

Then twist it in half with the lead end on the right.

Take the second end and lift it up counterclockwise over the lead end.

Hold the upper part firmly with your thumb and forefinger.Then take the lead and do the same, putting it over the second end (counterclockwise). Work like this in circles until you get about six 'petals'.


It should look like this. There are five petals here..

..and with the sixth one ready, slide it underneath like shown.

Work in circles, sliding the ends underneath the "main part" until you get to the end. You'll end with a short piece like this.
Either cut it off or insert it between the layers.


Here it is. A little flower.


Take a bamboo stick and push it through the centre of the flower.


Stick as many as you like.

Another idea: If you use toothpicks you can make tiny flowery bouquets.






I am going to use the flower sticks as Easter decoration. Eva made a bracelet by putting them on an elastic.
I also tried making them out of sturdy fabric but in the end had to hand sew them since they wriggled their way out. I am planning of doing this with other materials.

16 comments:

Arheoblog said...

Да имаше лајк под постот ќе го кликнев. :)

RheLynn said...

They are quite pretty decorations! Can't wait to see what else you are working on.

just chic said...

These are so cute!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Whoa... those are so creative. I can't believe they're straws! Thanks so much for adding this to the One Pretty Thing Flickr pool. I'll be linking in Sunday's Weekend Roundup.

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Rachel!

Constance said...

Love the toothpick ones! Did you have to glue the bead on?

Little Treasures said...

Constance: I put just a tiny dab of glue on the top of the toothpick so that the bead would not take off.

Moonchild said...

Wow - what a great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Mariella said...

bellissimi e originali questi fiori complimenti ciao mariella

HerCathyness said...

Wonderful!

I have tons of straws~ had to use 'em for a few years~ then I used them to try to teach my salvaged kitten to play.
Twelve years later (she's never been very playful) the only things she pounces on are my toes under the covers~ and any straw in a glass!

Now I can justify saving them (at least to myself) ;)

Sheri@childmade.com said...

Another cute one! I've linked it too. I may be here a while....

creativejewishmom/sara said...

Love this Maya and guess I missed it on oneprettything.com since it's new to me! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to have you back again! all the best, Sara

The Beading Gem said...

This is a super tutorial. I really like the idea of stringing many together for a bracelet or even necklace. I will link in a future blog post so others can come visit.

Pearl

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Pearl! You are so kind!

Cyndi said...

I'm wishing we didn't buy the "made from corn" brown ones for our wedding, I have tons of brown straws!

Michele Pacey said...

Hi Maya, Just saw these on Paper Friendly! I didn't even know you when you made these. They are SO cute and unique... And it was fun to see a friend featured on another site. Go you!