What can we do with plastic straws after use? For example, fast food chains give out more than 50 million meals per year that contribute greatly to a landfill full of straws. The good news is that you can recycle plastic straws  and re-use them towards art and craft projects! They are generally made from polypropylene or polyethylene, which is a recyclable material and you can easily make a lot of interesting objects such as lamps or decorative items. If you don’t want to put them in the recycle bin, be creative in how you want your structure to look!  It’s okay to freehand your design to see what may come out of your structure. To connect, squeeze the end of the straw and slide it through the end of another. Flex the straws at their bendable section to shape and mold the straws into loops, twists and turns.

Enjoy our gallery and try to make something similar at home! Grab some plastic straws, glue or maybe even a glue gun and some thread and you’re good to go !

A chandelier made of dozens of plastic straws! 

 A decorative flower on the door

 You can attach different items such as letters or flowers.

 Fantastic atmosphere created with a bunch of colorful plastic straws. 

 Look how cool reflections you can obtain combining different colors with a source of light!

 A simple box for pencils was redecorated with straws that were glued to its exterior. 

 1,2,3 steps…and the flower is ready!

 The red bow creates an interesting contrast with the blue and white plastic wreath.


 Cats will love them, too. :)

 Plastic plates and glasses are also useful for your recycling projects. 






 This fun chandelier is a snap to make and does not involve much skill… meaning anyone can do it, even you! And what is even better, is that it does not look like it is made of straws! More like something pulled from a high-end contemporary lighting catalog!




 Yeah…enormous letters in a shopping mall!

 A colorful network









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Now grab some plastic straws, glue or maybe even a glue gun and some thread and bring your own idea to live !