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How to Make a Drinking Straw Statement Necklace


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July 13, 2017

Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - artist wearing the finished necklaceI save straws for two reasons: to save the earth and to make beautiful jewelry. I love this necklace because it's super easy to make and makes any plain outfit incredibly bold. I get so many compliments on it when I wear it out and no one knows they're upcycled scraps of plastic. Give it a try!

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Total Time: 45 minutes and 1 day to dry

Yield: 1 necklace

Supplies:

  • 10-12 drinking straws
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thread
  • spray paint
  • ribbon
Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Begin by cutting your straws into pieces. I mostly cut one in half then the remaining half again to make three pieces of different varying lengths.
  2. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - begin cutting straws
     
  3. Lay out your cut straws in the order in which you'd like them to hang.
  4. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - lay straws out in your desired arrangement
     
  5. Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end.
  6. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - thread needle and knot the end
     
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  7. Begin poking the straws, one at time, very close to the top of the straws. In one side, out the other.
  8. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - begin threading the straws
     
  9. Continue with the rest of the straws, pulling them towards the end of the string, but not all the way down.
  10. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - continue adding straw pieces
     
    Drinking Straw Statement Necklace leave a tail of thread at the end
     
  11. Hang the necklace against your neck to get an idea of if you want to add more straws, take some off, or trim any of the pieces.
  12. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - check fit and trim any straws as desired
     
  13. Now it's time to spray paint the necklace. I like to cut a slit on the sides of a cardboard box and hang the necklace across. It's great for even spraying and not getting your hands (or anything else) dirty.
  14. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - to paint necklace, make slits in a cardboard box
     
    Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - hang necklace across the box
     
    Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - spray paint
     
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  15. Make sure you get the paint all around. Because I used 3D silver spray, I added a clear coat on top to lock it in. Let dry for a day.
  16. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - make sure to thoroughly cover with paint, add a top coat if desired and depending on type of paint used, allow to dry
     
  17. With the extra thread at the ends of the necklace, tie loops with double knots. Trim the excess thread.
  18. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - make loops with double knots at the ends of the thread
     
    Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - trim excess thread
     
  19. Take the ribbon and put it through both of the thread loops. This will act as your necklace closure. Try wearing it and checking in the mirror to see where you'd like it to hang on you in order to find out how much of the ribbon you need. Keep an extra length for tying the knot in the back.
  20. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - draw ribbon through the loops, check fit and trim to size leaving enough to tie
     
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  21. Tie it on and rock this bold look!
  22. Drinking Straw Statement Necklace - ready to wear
     
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