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Making Drinking Straw Starbursts

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Starburst decorations are perfect for birthday parties and other occasions. If you can get a good price on colorful drinking straws and have some spare time you can make these fun starbursts. This is a guide about making drinking straw starbursts.
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January 18, 2019

My local dollar shop is trying to get rid of an excess stock of drinking straws so they're on sale for 25 cents per box. I decided to use them to make decorative starbursts for my birthday party. They give quite the visual punch for a few pennies!

To make one large and two small bursts (pictured here) I used 30 straws and 3 zip ties.

Total Time: 15 minutes

Supplies:

  • drinking straws
  • scissors
  • zip ties
  • pliers

Steps:

  1. If your straws have flexible ends like mine do, cut that section off and reserve for small bursts. If yours don't have the ends, just cut a couple inches off each straw.
  2. Gather the 30 drinking straws and loosely tie them up in the middle with a zip tie.
  3. Stand up the straws so they are all level.
  4. Pull on the zip tie so it's very tight.
  5. Now use your pliers to pull the zip tie really taut so it starts making the straws bend in the middle.
  6. Use your fingers to pinch the straws in different directions so they fill up spaces.
  7. Trim the end off the zip tie.
  8. Now divide the straw ends into 2 batches of 15. Rearrange them so half of the flexible ends are facing one way and the others, the other way.
  9. Repeat the zip tie pull technique from above. Repeat with the other small 15 straws.
  10. These look great on party tables. You can also add a thin string from the zip tie middle and hang from the ceiling.
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January 20, 20190 found this helpful

Those are very attractive. I love your photos and instructions are so easy. Thank you for this awesome idea.

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January 21, 20190 found this helpful

You are so very welcome, Elaine! Thanks for the comment! :)

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January 22, 20190 found this helpful

Very pretty!

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January 24, 20190 found this helpful

Lovely! I love how this turned out.

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