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Frugal Fun Projects - Paper and Straws Flowers


These pretty paper and straws flowers use simple materials and tools and become an interesting decoration for any time of the year. 

Take a look at this green and yellow version:

Paper and Straws Flowers green and yellow finished on display

Frugal Fun Projects: Paper and Straws Flowers Materials and Tools:

  • Paper - these examples were made with 20-pound and 24-pound paper
  • Straws - 1/4-inch in diameter
  • Yarn - #10 Crochet yarn
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • T-pin or other sharp point
  • Ruler

Paper and Straws Flowers materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Frugal Fun Projects: Paper and Straws Flowers:

Cut all the materials for the project.

Cut eight strips of paper 1/4 inch wide by 8 1/2 inches long (the width of regular paper).

I'm using four strips of pastel blue and four strips of pastel green.

Cut four straw pieces each 3 inches long.

Cut two pieces of yarn 7 inches long.

Cut two pieces of yarn 14 inches long.

Cut one piece of yarn 18 inches long.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 1 cut materials

Use the T-pin (or other sharp object) to make a hole in the center of each length of straw.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 2 make holes in straws

Push one 7-inch piece of yarn through the punched holes in two straw pieces.

Push the second 7-inch yarn through the other two straws.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 3 push yarn through holes

Use the yarn to wrap around the two straws to form an X.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 4 make X shape

Pull the yarn ends snugly, tie a knot and trim the ends.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 5 tie knot

Using the same steps, form an X with the second set of two straws and yarn.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 6 make second X shape

Place one X shape over the other to form equidistant eight points.

Hold one end of a 14-inch piece of yarn in one hand and begin weaving the yarn around the points.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 7 join two X shapes

Continue weaving until three strands of yarn are around the shapes.

Pull the yarn ends together on the back and tie into a knot. Do not trim the ends of the yarn.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 8 wrap three strands

With the second 14-inch piece of yarn, begin weaving around the straws opposite to the first weaving.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 9 weave second yarn

Continue wrapping the yarn until three strands are around the shape.

Pull the yarn to the back and tie the ends in a knot. Do not trim the yarn ends.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 10 wrap three strands

On the back, pull the yarn ends together from the two previous knots.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 11 tie yarns together

Tie the yarn ends in a knot and trim the yarn.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 12 trim yarn

Insert one end of the 18-inch yarn under the yarn knot.

Pull the ends even and tie a knot roughly 1-inch from the ends to form a hanging loop.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 13 make loop

Pinch each of the straw ends vertically.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 14 pinch straw ends

Fold four of the paper strips in half.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 15 fold paper in half

Insert two adjacent ends of the paper strips into one of the background straws. (Four of the straw points will be back further and four will point forward more.)

Paper and Straws Flowers step 16 insert two papers

Add the next paper strip.

Skip over the forward pointing straw to the next background straw end.

Hold the end of the previous strip and the end of the next strip together to push them into the straw.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 17 insert next paper strips

Finish the background shapes by pushing the paper strips into the ends of the alternating straws.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 18 finish background shapes

Add two of the foreground strips of paper into one of the forward pointing straw ends.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 19 insert two strips

Continue adding the remaining paper strips to finish the foreground shapes.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 20 finish foreground shapes

This one of the fun little Paper and Straws Flowers is finished and ready to display.

Paper and Straws Flowers step 21 hang to display

Take a look at this example made with all rounded shapes in one color.

Paper and Straws Flowers blue rounded version finished on display

Or, how about this yellow version with pointed shapes all around.

Paper and Straws Flowers yellow pointed version finished on display

Just plain paper and simple plastic straws that come in packages of 100 turn into pretty flower shapes.

Have fun making one or many!

The fun and easy Paper and Straws Flowers would also make pretty additions to tablescapes — just leave off the hanging loop and add candles over the centers of the fun shapes. 


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