So, if we haven’t discussed this before, I’m kind of a hoarder. I’m not the storage-unit-for-my-QVC-habit kind of a hoarder, I’m just the only-buy-spaghetti-sauce-in-reusable-jars kind of hoarder. It’s not like I need another mason jar, it’s just that I need to use everything. Somebody told me that’s a very French way of thinking, which made me feel très fancy pants and unleashed my guilt about the subject altogether. So there! Sometimes it even comes in handy. Like, last week when I did those plastic straw starbursts. They are pretty cool, but I had to cut off all the bendy bits of the straws, which left me with about sixtyphilmillion 2″ pieces of plastic drinking straws. WHAT TO DO? OH GOD. HOW AM I GOING TO THROW OUT ALL THOSE PLASTIC TUBEY BITS? THE TUBEY BITS MUST BE SAVED!!!!
Whew. That was close. Because, right about then, I was watching my pal Mark Montano on youtube (yes, I just totally name dropped Mark Montano Mark Montano Mark Montano Best Selling Author and Television Personality Mark Montano), and he was doing awesome things with zip ties and plastic beads. Let’s watch!
After watching that, I’m guessing you know exactly how I made this garland. But for the three of you reading this post in a cubicle without headphones, let’s break it down in pictures. Go back and watch the video later.
- Long zip ties (mine are 11″)
- Plastic and paper straw bits cut into 1 -2″ pieces
- Scissors that are good at cutting through plastic
Thread a few pieces of straw onto a zip tie like beads, tie off, then link on another. It’s just like making paper chains in elementary school. Just keep going. Eventually you’ll want to get your scissors out and snip of the extra tails, but that is it. Hang on your tree, or not. I hung mine up along a wall in big swoops with Christmas lights and some of my other favorite garlands.
- If you don’t have zip ties, you could also do this with pipe cleaners, you just have to be a little more delicate when it comes to making the circles circular.
- Be careful about using straws that are different widths. They won’t lay nicely like tube beads if one is large enough to slide inside another.
- Those striped paper straws that are now so poplar look really good mixed with other colors!
I love garlands at Christmas because they make great communal crafts. Eat your heart out, popcorn on a string!
Good news: this will keep the kids busy for a while, thus leaving you to tend to more important matters.