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Patriotic Drinking Straw Wall Art


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July 2, 2017

Patriotic Straw Wall Art - finished wreath hangingI saw something like this on line, but I made my own. I had to improvise because I didn't buy enough of two colors, but I think it came out pretty cute anyway.

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Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 1

Supplies:

  • 4 Packages patriotic straws ($4.00)
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • 1 faux burlap ribbon (just used 1/10) ($1.00)
  • 1 embellishment ($.25)
  • 1 ft scrap yarn
  • scrap cardboard
  • 1 cottage cheese lid
  • 1 oz small amt. of paint
  • 1 paint brush

Steps:

  1. With a plate, cut out a circular shape from the cardboard, about 1.25" wide around. With the cottage cheese lid, trace and cut an inner circle.
  2. Patriotic Straw Wall Art - trace around the outside of the plate on the the cardboard
     
    Patriotic Straw Wall Art - trace a smaller circle inside the larger one using the cottage cheese lid
     
  3. Using scraps from the lids circular shape, cut some pieces that will give the cardboard some durability. Popsicle sticks work good, too.
  4. Patriotic Straw Wall Art - cut pieces of the left over lid to reinforce the paper circle
     
    Patriotic Straw Wall Art - pieces of plastic lid glued onto the circle
     
  5. Paint it red, white, or blue.
  6. Patriotic Straw Wall Art - paint the right side with red paint
     
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  7. At an angle start gluing the straws, making sure they stick out about 1/4" over the inner circle. If you chose three patterns like I did, alternate them and make sure you stick to the pattern.
  8. Patriotic Straw Wall Art - begin placing the straws with about 1/4 inch inside the circle
     
  9. Sadly I ran out of the blues and reds and had to finish with the 3 color straws. You will need 2 of each package at least.
  10. When you get around, decide what kind of large decoration you want to use. You can use dollar tree flowers, a big bow like I did, something you can get cheap you don't have to make?
  11. Patriotic Straw Wall Art - continue around
     
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  12. I pulled out about 24" of ribbon, brought it back around itself and gathered it up gluing to hold. I couldn't hold it and glue it and shoot it at the same time. Same with the ribbon below it. I glued them and then tied them with some red yarn.
  13. Patriotic Straw Wall Art - make bow and tails
     
  14. I then glued the velveteen and faux gem stone on the center and hung it up.
  15. If you make something like this, use harder cardboard, or two layers glued together. Mine is a bit flimsy, but I didn't want to use a wreath of Styrofoam as the glue would melt it. Live and learn!! N-JOY!
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