Making Fused Plastic Straw Ornaments

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November 29, 2018

Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - Christmas tree shaped ornament made from fused drinking straw bitsThis ornament is made from tiny pieces of plastic straws, fused together by the heat of an iron. When fusing plastics, wear a mask in a well ventilated area.


Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 ornament


  • wide tape like painter's or masking
  • coloured drinking straws
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • foil or parchment paper
  • iron
  • string
Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - supplies


  1. Tape down a few strips of tape, sticky side up, on a crafting work surface, piece of cardboard, or wooden board.
  2. Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - tape down some strips of painter's tape with the sticky side up
  3. Cut a bunch of little pieces of straw.
  4. Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - cut up a lot of small pieces of plastic straws
  5. Use your tweezers to lay the design you want to make on the sticky tape to hold them in place.
  6. Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - use tweezers to create the design on the tape

  7. As you go along, press down on the straw pieces firmly onto the tape.
  8. Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - press the pieces down firmly on the tape
  9. Heat your iron to the cotton setting. About every third row, put a piece of foil or parchment paper over all the straws and gently let the iron sit on top evenly. Check under the foil to make sure the straws have fused together.
  10. Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - every few rows, cover with foil and heat with an iron
  11. Keep making your way down, stopping to cover with foil and fuse.
  12. Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - continue
  13. Add any last details (like my tree trunk here) and you're done fusing. Shut off the iron and move it away.
  14. Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - finish the shape and fusing, put iron away

  15. Add a piece of string to the top and hang.
  16. Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - ready to add a piece of string and hang
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