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9 Sep

How To Tuesday: Straw Sunbursts!

Now that fall is approaching I wanted to find a way to keep the warm summer sunshine alive in my apartment. The perfect solution was found while searching the glorious Internet for easy craft projects. On the blog, How Does She, I found instructions to create a sunburst wall hanging. The pictures showed it spray painted with metallic colors so it appears to be made out of metal, but in fact is made from something much cheaper and lighter, and therefore easier to hang: straws!

8 finished

Preferred tool for cutting cardboard (we used an X-Acto knife)
Glue gun with lots of glue
Spray paint

      combined 1 and 2

     Step 1. Trace and a cut a circle from the cardboard. Draw a smaller circle about 2 inches away from the edge. Cut this circle out leaving you with a cardboard ring.

5 glue straws to hoop

Step 2. Glue straws to the cardboard ring. We found it easier to put the glue on the straw and then press the straw to the cardboard ring. Repeat and make your way around the cardboard ring. Leave a little bit of space between straws to add the second layer. Tip: Use both thin and thick straws to add a little extra design to your sunburst. Regular drinking straws and milkshake straws worked best for us. (Available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for less than $2 for a pack.) Be sure to line up the edges of the straw with the inside of the circle so you create a nice circle of straws.

4 straws on hoop

Step 3. Add another layer of straws where there are gaps, or where you want more “sunbeams”. Using straws allows you to fold them and wedge them into tight spaces if you’re thinking of experimenting with another material.

6 cut straws

Step 4. Work around the circle and cut the straws. Try cutting them in varying lengths or keep them all the same length. This craft is great because there are lots of ways to make this your own design!

7 spraypaint straws

Step 5. Take our creation outside (or a well ventilated area) and spray paint thoroughly. Once dry, flip the sunburst over and repeat. We used copper rose and gold colored paint to keep the illusion of a metal pipe wall hanging, but you can never go wrong with bright colors. Tip: Prop up your sunburst on something in order to be able to spray paint between the straws.

9 finished no mirror

(Optional) Step 6. We thought something was missing and decided to turn our sunbursts into mirrors. All it took was finding mirrors like these at our local Michaels. We glued them over the sunburst and voila! Small (but beautiful) sunburst mirrors! Other ideas to customize your sunburst: turn it into a picture frame or for the meticulous crafter only use 60 straws and create the classiest crafted clock ever.

Of course once you’ve finished your sunburst the most nervewracking part is hanging it. Luckily I had my copy of How to Hang a Picture by Jay Sacher and Suzanne LaGasa nearby. How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for a Stylish Home is a user-friendly guidebook that details everything you need to know about hanging, framing, decorating and displaying art. It has simple rules and essential information presented with charm and intelligence for any DIYer.

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