Making Fused Plastic Straw Ornaments

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Colorful plastic drinking straws are the main supply needed to create fused plastic Christmas ornaments. Follow the detailed instructions to make this cute Christmas tree.
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This ornament is made from tiny pieces of plastic straws, fused together by the heat of an iron. When fusing plastics, wear a mask in a well ventilated area.

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 ornament

Supplies:

  • wide tape like painter's or masking
  • coloured drinking straws
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • foil or parchment paper
  • iron
  • string

Steps:

  1. Tape down a few strips of tape, sticky side up, on a crafting work surface, piece of cardboard, or wooden board.
  2. Cut a bunch of little pieces of straw.
  3. Use your tweezers to lay the design you want to make on the sticky tape to hold them in place.
  4. As you go along, press down on the straw pieces firmly onto the tape.
  5. Heat your iron to the cotton setting. About every third row, put a piece of foil or parchment paper over all the straws and gently let the iron sit on top evenly. Check under the foil to make sure the straws have fused together.
  6. Keep making your way down, stopping to cover with foil and fuse.
  7. Add any last details (like my tree trunk here) and you're done fusing. Shut off the iron and move it away.
  8. Add a piece of string to the top and hang.
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November 30, 20180 found this helpful

Adorable! That reminds me so much of those plastic beads you could put on a peg-board and fuse together with an iron.

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I got that for Christmas one year when I was little. :)

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December 1, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks Holly! Funnily enough, I only saw those plastic beads for the first time in my life last year. I thought they were a new invention! Where have I been all these decades? :)

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