Kid's Xmas Straw Art

Monday, December 17, 2012

My son had some friends over for a play-date on the weekend and after they'd had their fill of trampolining, playing in the sand-pit, racing in the go-cart and building towers, and after we'd put little sister down for a sleep, we sat down for a quiet bit of Christmas crafting (it's always much quieter without little sister, and to be honest, quite a bit more enjoyable!). 

I had a big packet of straws left over from my work Xmas function so we decided to make some little straw Xmas decorations with them.  All we needed, other than the straws, were some pipe cleaners, some beads and a decorative something for the centre.

This is what we did:
  • Took 4 pipe cleaners and crossed them over each other at the centre to form a rough star or snowflake
  • Twisted the pipe cleaners over each other at the centre to keep it together (this is the only bit none of the kids could do, although they did try hard)
  • Once we had a a rough star/snowflake shape, we threaded each pipe cleaner with a piece of straw
  • We left about an inch of pipe cleaner out of the end of the straw which we threaded with a bead
  • We added another little inch of pipe cleaner to the end of each straw and again threaded with a bead
  • We then glued a decorative touch to the middle to hide the centre twist
Voila! A very kid-friendly, non-messy, easy Xmas craft project.


Both 5 year olds and the 9 year old really enjoyed making these, did a lovely job and could manage all but the twisting bit by themselves ... which always makes Mummy happy, especially when she's got a great coffee on the go!

My son also snuck in a couple of Christmas cards too.  The first is a cute Christmas Tree and the second is a ... rocket sleigh.  Of course it is. :)


  1. That's awesome Nikki, I love it and might even give it a go :)

  2. The kids did great. The stars and cards look fantastic. What a sweet little craft project, you're very creative. Have a wonderful Christmas, Nikki!

    PS: I'm hosting my last giveaway for the year! It's an ecostore store gift pack valued at $100, hope you enter here:

    1. Thanks so much, Trishie and Merry Christmas to you too! Loved your FB holiday pics!! x