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7 Lessons (1h 20m)
    • 1. intro to the crafts & why they are so cool

    • 2. Pinterest wedding inspiration

    • 3. Tabletop pyramid

    • 4. Geometric himmeli

    • 5. Starburst

    • 6. Class project

    • 7. Thank you!

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About This Class

We'll take humble paper straws and turn them into sophisticated decor perfect for a DIY wedding, spectacular party or in your home! We'll learn how to make tabletop pyramids, hanging geometric himmeli's, and wall-hung starbursts! 

These crafts are. . . 

  • inexpensive to make
  • have huge visual appeal
  • so easy and fun to make
  • they can easily be folded to store and transport like a dream
  • gorgeous on-trend crafts that will wow your guests
  • fun to make in a group
  • perfect "couch craft"

This class is for anyone from hobbyists crafter to professional artists. Let me teach you how to make these really cool paper straw crafts! 


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Sarah Yakawonis

Where art, new media, and craft meet!


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1. intro to the crafts & why they are so cool: Hello and welcome to my skill share class in this class, you're going to learn how to make three projects based around paper straws. The first project we're going to Dio is going to be these table top pyramids. The second project we're going to do is called a paper straw. Him Lee, which are these kind of really gorgeous, um, geometric decorations, which can go, They could go free standing like that, or you can fold him in half and they can go against the wall way. Also, we're gonna have these gorgeous we're gonna learn how to make these gorgeous starbursts. So, um, one of the things that I think is the coolest part about this class is that the the pyramids and the him lease all fold up to be very, very small, which is a really important factor if you're going to be making, like, some really, really sophisticated party to core or you're doing like a d i y wedding. One of the things that people don't really tend to think about is how are we going to store these things after the party or after the wedding? How are we going to get 500 of these two get to the wedding venue. Where we gonna put them afterwards? All those problems really get a solution by the projects that we're going to be doing in this cross something by the fact that they fold up so small. So storage is a dream, and it's going to make some really sophisticated impactful, um, visual appeal for them to. So whether you're making them for your home, your dorm, your party or your wedding, um, I hope that you will enjoy learning these projects that really are so inexpensive to make everything really is just paper straws, elastic or hot glue and then maybe a little bit of glittery type moment for the Starburst. But other than that, everything is very inexpensive to make and, um, really fun. So I hope that you will enjoy learning to make these gorgeous paper flout. He's gorgeous paper, straw decor 2. Pinterest wedding inspiration : in this video. I wanted to you, like a short little moment, Teoh, show you a Pinterest poured that I built That has a lot of like D I way wedding inspiration , Um, kind of based rounds of the projects that we are going to make in this class so you can get a little bit more inspiration for, um, what the potential of these projects are because I do my best in my apartment, but, um, I can't really recreate a wedding in my apartment, So I thought that building this gorgeous Pinterest board would be awesome. You can kind of see how to use, like, candles. Definitely use, like, led candles with these, but ah, gorgeous led candle in this paper start. Hemley would be so good. But make sure you're not using flames, because obviously, um, the paper straws will catch on fire, so led only for sure. Um and you can kind of, like, vibe for different ways that you can use the crafts that were going to be making in this class. Um, and I'm going to be linking to this contrast page in the class information. So if you want to Repin anything you're like, totally, um, go for it. I couldn't quite find anything for the Starburst that was like and exactly what I was picturing this being used for for a wedding. But on something like this would be really good. You could even pair your starbursts with a bunch of these foldable ones from, like, a party store. And that's going to make a really big impact and sort of Philip a lot of space, which is kind of cool to all of these. These projects really will fill up a lot of space and you can see, like the, um, geometric like wedding cake kind of moment there, Um, you could see how you do a whole geometric themed wedding, and it would be just, like, absolutely gorgeous. Um, so, yeah, go ahead. And, um, look at the, um, Pinterest board for yourself. It's like I said, it's in the class. You can see all sorts of really awesome ideas for how, whether or not it's like gonna be like a hanging moment or, um, gorgeous bit of, um, you know, like centerpiece. It's so easy and they really will let you take just a couple of flowers. And Philip a whole table in a way that you'll never be able to dio without the's like geometric gold inspirations because they really will, like especially the pure man's really take up a lot of space, and they look like they're really filling a space without actually like filling a space. So you're not going to need a lot of flowers or extras because all that kind of stuff really adds up when you're planning on D I y wedding for sure. Um, yeah, I, um, like I said, the length of this is going to be in the, um, class page and go ahead and peruse it and use it as a jumping off point for you'd like your own contrast boards for what you're planning to do with this project, because that's always a really fun thing to Dio 3. Tabletop pyramid: in this lesson, I'm gonna teach you how to make these ultra simple paper straw pyramids. They are so versatile. You do so much with them. Um, they full down to be really, really small, which is absolutely gorgeous for a little bit of you know, if you're doing, like, party decorations and you know, you don't wanna have something that's giant in your house for the rest of your life these air really awesome solution. You can put some little flowers in there. I have crystals and all the ones that I have in this little like, you know, mock party situation I have in my apartment right now. Um, you can really do a lot with them. So I hope you enjoy, um, learning and let's head into the studio and I'll teach you how to make him. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to learn how to make in this threefold class today is going to be the pyramid. And the pyramid is definitely the easiest one. And what we need to start is just a straws. And these are gorgeous Rose gold straw. Um, it's my favorite. They really look like metal without actually being metal. So they're very inexpensive, but they really have that kind of like, gorgeous impactful. Wow, factor that I think is really special about all the crafts in this class and we need some elastic cord. So the first thing we're gonna dio is we're going to and the 1st 2 classes in the pyramid class that we're doing right now and the paper start him Lee lesson, which we're going to do next. We're going to treat the straws like their big long beads. So we have our straw and we are going Teoh, just feed that elastic cord right into the straw and just keep on feeding it through, feeding it through until it's out at the end. And we want the base of the pyramid to have four straws. So we want to put four straws on this last record, and this really is a gorgeously easy craft to make, and it has a lot of really visual impacts. Eso whether you're doing it for your wedding or for just a little bit of gorgeous home decor or dorm decor if you want. Um, either way, it's really just going to be like a gorgeous craft. People are gonna be really impressed with that. I think so. You have all four all through. And now we're gonna just take our I like to keep my court on, um, on the school so that if I need more, I don't have to cut a whole new one and waste one that's too short. Yeah. Although, of course, when the cameras are on, it gets all tangled up. That's the first time that's ever happened. It's We have four straws on this elastic cord, and we're just going to take them all the way to the end, and then we have the perfect amount of court right there, so I'm gonna cut it, and then I am going to stretch that core just a little bit. Um, you don't have to do it too much. We don't wanna make this, um, this cord to tight, because this is going to be kind of a looser one, and, um Then I'll show you how to do the top ones in a little bit, and then we're just gonna tie it off and cut off the extra. And then you see how there's that, um, that not right there. We don't really want the not to be at the corner because, like the corners, like the only place that you'd actually see something like that. But there's all these gorgeous little space in the straw itself. Toe hide that not and I would not totally hidden. No one will know it's there. And now we're going to take two straws and let then put them in the we're gonna beat them again, just like before, to be at one and to But unlike before where we just did us like, you know, we would circle it around. We want this cord to double back on itself. So we have these two straws like that. Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna take one of the edges of the square shape that we made and make sure you have a lot a lot of slack, because this one is gonna go. It's in a double back on itself. So I'm just getting some more cord ready. Perfect. And I think I have enough stock. But if you know, you just unroll some worry doesn't matter too much. Um, and now we are going to So we have our square member square like that and I am going to wrap that cord around it just the one time you don't have to go crazy and then feed it back through that same straw. And now we're gonna feed it through the second straw just like that. And now this is, like, way too much slack on it, as you can see. So when that happens, we're going to go all the way back to the side that's looped around the square, and we're gonna pull all that slack back. But don't go too far, because if that disappears, if this little end part just appears, you'll have to start over again, which isn't too big of a deal. But like, you know, we don't want to repeat steps if we can, and then we're gonna take So that's the end that had too much on it. And now it's a nice length, and now we're just gonna pull the rest of it back through just like that, and that's gonna be the perfect amount. But before we cut it, I'm gonna show you how to make a nice taught, um, like, kind of a nice, taut moment to keep it standing out because you want a balance between, like, not slack but, like, just right kind of tension. And then a nice taught tension and the push and pull between the elastic cords and that way will really help it. All the projects that we do with the last records really stay Nexon um, the right shape that you want. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going. Teoh, take this. Um, take this elastic. That's the perfect length are perfect. And so far, right? And I'm gonna stretch it as far as it goes and it goes actually, quite a bit far, you're going to be surprised, and then I'm a pinch it right where the straw is and then on the side, that's the one loot the loose side. I'm gonna keep the side that's attached to the spool attached, and I'm gonna keep it in a pinch. So it's not moving anywhere. And then I'm just gonna feed this extra on this end back into the straws, and that's going to create a nice level of tension. That's not gonna be too tight, but it's not gonna be too loose either. It's like, really the secret to all of these project is getting that, um, getting that right and knowing which sides need it, because not exact Not every single side like on this one. We didn't do that for the square, but we are going to do it for the top parts. And on the next one, you'll see like we do it for some parts, but not other parts ups. Oh, shoe. I looked Go of my elastic, and now it's in there. Let's see if I can't salvage this. Okay, to salvage this, What I'm gonna dio is I'm going Teoh. So I accidentally let go of my straw. And this is actually a good learning moment for everybody because everybody's gonna deal with this at least once. So what you dio when you accidentally lose ah side of a taut elastic? It's obviously not gonna be long enough to go through the whole both straws anymore because we trimmed it. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna take the side that's loose. That came up, and we're going to tie it to some more cord. We don't need it to be a ton of extra just, uh, to get through again. I'm not giving myself enough of it. So now that's all tied through. And this will make sure that that one side is poking out again. Awesome. And now I know we're gonna need at least this much, so I'm going to do that much and cut it. We will have a little bit of extra, but we always going were always going to need a little bit of the scrap ends. Should just tie off the different edges and so forth. So it's not gonna It's not gonna waste a lot to have done this. It's better total waste that's, like not waste, but have, like this, like, you know, other piece of scrap. Okay. And now it's coming through the other hand, So I am just going to take it and get that not through the straw and pull it taut, just like before, and then feed it back through. No, we can cut off that extra piece that we don't need anymore. And now we're gonna go to the opposite side of the square and we're gonna wrap it around like that. And then all the apps do is tie it up, just like and I'm gonna trim the extra cord and just kind of hide that not it is gonna hide that, not inside the straw. And then we just move this to a corner and this to a corner, and we bet the first peak the first side of the pyramid. And we want to try to keep the keep the parts, like, keep them within the straws, edges at first just because it makes it a lot easier to deal with and then side into the corners where it can get, um, you know, like, it's just easier to do it if you, um do your original fixing on the sides and then side him over later. Now we're gonna do the same thing that we did for the 1st 2 For the second to I'm gonna show you that in, um, in my light box. - I don't like over this time, accidents happen. No, we're no need to stress about it. And now we're just going to tie it off at the top, just like that. And now we have his gorgeous of pyramid all ready to go, and, um, it's a really gorgeous project to do and added benefit. It folds up super small. So if you wanted to make a bunch of these for, like, little party moments at your house on Ben pulled him up and put him away, they're gonna store really easily, and you are not going to need a lot of space. And before we go, I want to show you guys what to dio with, like how to make these, like, kind of smaller ones, because I think a variety of sizes is really gorgeous for this project. Especially, like you do like a nice little, like, three size moments per table, like so gorgeous or like, you know, just a kind of variety of sizes is really nice, but we just want to make sure all of the sizes are exactly the same because they can get a little wonky if they're not. So this is my trick for that. So let's say you wanted to sizes that aren't just the full length size, like the straws that air in the package you have. So we have eight straws, right? I'm just gonna line these up just like that. Make sure they're nice and flush with, um, table. And so this is gonna be like a medium size and these are gonna be really tiny ones. And then all we have to dio is cut them all at once. Nice and street, just like that. And now we have a eight straws to do a smaller one and eight straws to do. Medium sized one. It's gorgeous. Okay. Thank you for joining me for this lesson. We will be right back with the family lesson. 4. Geometric himmeli: in this lesson. I'm going to show you guys how to make my favorite thing. That we're gonna learn how to make in this whole class. And that is this gorgeous paper straw him, Lee. Um so yeah, let's get started. I'm just gonna pull this up. Look about cute. They are. Look how nice they pulled up. So the first thing we're gonna dio is we're going to get out 15 straws and our elastic cord . And just like in the pyramids, we are going to start by doing a set of four. So again, we're going to treat these straws like they are very long beads. Whatever you say that I think arrested development, where they're like bee bees, Beit bees, and then job buys a bunch of bees. I think it's a pretty good one, huh? So now we are going Teoh, Keep on. Now, unlike the, um, pyramids instead of the on the pyramids, the top parts were the part that we're taught. But on the paper star him leans. I like to make the the four sides the top ones. So again, what we're going to dio is we're going Teoh, pull it as far as we can pull it to get that nice tautness and then hold it right at the end like that. And then we're going to keep holding the side that is connected to this the, um, the larger school of 12 of cord. And we're gonna feed that ends part back in and then trip and tie it off and again there. You a nice taught aside for the paper start family. So I'm going to take that little bit of, um, no, that I just made. I'm just gonna hide it right in that straw. And now I have two more done. So we want three of these shapes altogether, So we have three of them. And now we are going Teoh a little bit of excess that I now we're going to take a little bit of excess that I have, um, lying around and we're just gonna tie off the top. It's virtually tie off the top, and we're gonna Oh, yes. I didn't do my hand, Cam, and we're gonna tie off the bottom. Kind of like we did the top of the, um, chairman, but just with three this time and said of instead of two or just, I mean, the out instead of like, two Tops is gonna be all three of these together, all some. And now we're gonna trim that up. So now we have these three pieces all tied together, and you can kind of start to see how, um, how it's gonna come together, the most important part of any of these projects. Well, maybe not the starburst, but definitely the pyramid indefinitely. The paper straw Hemley is just to make sure that all of the sides are exactly the same. So these have, like, full straws, so like, and then we're going to do like a little half straw to go in between each of these. You could do a full straw if you wanted to. You could do 1/3 of a straw if you wanted to. It's really going to change the shape you can also play around with. Like if you wanted all the top ones to be a little bit shorter in the bottom ones to be a little bit longer. That's fighting to you. Just have to make sure it's all consistent, and it's very uniforms because it starts to get a little wonky if it's even, like a little bit off like there's, like, a couple of millimeters meaty room, But anything more than that and it's gonna be a little bit wonky. So to show you how to dio make a really nice guide for these cause we're gonna want these straws to be all the same size. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take a regular straw, and, um, it's going to be our guide straw, so we're not going to use it in the project, But it's gonna be very intricate to the project cause it's gonna help guide the size so all the sides are exactly the same. So the first thing we're gonna dio sorry about that. The first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna actually flat and out this straw, so I'm just pinching it really hard with this finger and pulling it with this one, and I'm using a lot of pressure on it. Just so flatten it out. So now this is gonna be our guide. Straw it. Some of them do not look very nice, but it's gonna be pretty important. And now I am just going to make the to ends of the straw meat nice and flesh like that and being nice and flush and even take your time with it. It will be so much better if you to Then if you rush it for this part because we want this guides to be really, really is close to 1/2 as possible. And you can also do this to find, like, 1/3 if you wanted to or, um, really, any any time you want, Like a nice, consistent, like breaking one straw up into, like, you know, even parts do it like this. So I have that nice in folded. And even though it's nice and folded, they're still a little bit of wiggle room. So I'm gonna see just exactly how this is folding. Okay, so it's looking good. I'm gonna take my scissors. I'm just really taking my time with a I'm gonna find on, try to get my blade the sharp edge of Might blade right in the middle and then give a huge cuts. And now I'm going to disc appear these two sides really quickly. I'm gonna like, reconstitute them just by like pushing on the straw. So now they're it's round again, but it's definitely wrinkly, and I wouldn't use that. You could definitely use it, but it's gonna not have the same structural integrity because we flatten it out like that. But if you're in a pinch and you need just one more and you're Guide is right there, you could probably still use it. And now I'm just gonna stand these up and take a look. And these air looking very, very, very similar, which is perfect. Every once in a while, you can think you're getting it right in the middle. It's not quite. And then just kind of trim it a little bit more because we really wanted to be exactly halfway. And now we're gonna take three straws and settle up on the table. So they're operate like that and hold on. And then we're gonna take our guide straw, and we're going to line that up just like it's one of the other ones just like that. And now we're gonna take our scissors. Rest are scissor right on that guide guide straw. And there you We have six evenly speaking evenly sized straws. We just cut those three straws right in half and two of my pieces went flying. So I am going to do, like, one more just cause I don't wanna, like, get up and have to, like, go looking for it. 123456 So now we have 6/2 pieces on again. This could be 1/3 piece. This could even be a full straw if you wanted to. But just know that, um, however you play with it, it's gonna like, change the shape a little bit, which could be fun to experiment with. Um, you didn't see this This paper start him, Lee kind of peace that I have right there. Those are all a little bit different. But then this, like you're start him, Lee chandelier I have behind me. Those are all of all, exactly the same. And that's exactly the same way that I'm showing you how to do this one. So now we're gonna get our court again, and we are going Teoh feed that scored right through that little half straw double back around just like we did with for the pyramids. Except for this time, these this'll ike side like these little half pieces. They don't have to be taught because we made all of the four you know, straw pieces really taught and Onley Onley one direction needs that tautness toe help it really retain its shape. If all of it has it, it's going to strain the elastic a little bit more. Then you need to. Now I have that looped around and I am just feeding it through until I see the other side of it again. There we go. There's the other side okay, out and that's actually fine. Like, that's, like a perfect kind of moment right there. But again, if you need to, you can like, if there's too much on the one side or the other, you can go ahead and, um, play around with it like I showed you in the last video, and now I'm gonna just take the next side so I have this side right there. I'm gonna take this side right here, and I am going Teoh, tie it off. So it is taking that. There's plenty room there cause we didn't make it taught at all, and we're not making this tight to make it. We're not doing this to make this tight where he's doing it to give us a little extra cord in which to tie it off with. And where we do like, a little bit of slack that's going to end up being trimmed off, but not the same by a lot. Um, we don't want him to be too tight just like that. And then we're gonna hide our little not rate in that, um, strong and slide it down. So it goes to that meeting point, and now we're just gonna keep on doing that same thing for all of the sides of the paper start family. - And just like that, we're going to get that last piece on and we're gonna be all son is not just like, a gorgeous, easy project to Dio. I think it's just absolutely wonderful. Honestly, I really dio and you can see some examples behind me of different, um, gorgeous ways to use the paper straw hamli. But I want what I really like about it is it can be like a free hanging three d thing, or we can fold it back and have it be a, um have it be a they kind of like it could be flush with the wall, too. So let me show you that real quick of it. So I have the final piece in place. Right? So this is a gorgeous little thing that could be like free hanging, like you can just, like put it in a tree. You can put it like hanging from the ceiling. I just have a command hook which you wouldn't think would be able to hold very much weight . But it's holding all those straws behind me, and it's been up there for about a week now, so I don't think it's going to go anywhere. Eso there definitely gorgeous freaking in like this. But if you wanted to amount it onto a wall or have it be like a gorgeous little like geometric moment for your house, all you have to do is take it and fold in, and now it's half. It's a nice little half, one that can go up against a wall really gorgeously. If you wanted to be a wall Hemley, that's gonna always be half size like that. I would just recommend putting a piece of straw into just like the like kind of a brace, because it will kind of want to go like that eventually if you're hanging out from the wall . So to do that, we're just gonna do the same thing that we've been doing for all of these is we're gonna take of just a street, um, full straw. And we are going to turn this thing around and loop it over, just like we've been doing your We're good at that by now for sure. Really. Far back around. Just like that. And this doesn't need any tautness at all. This is just gonna tell those sides to stay wide instead of wanting to like gravity is going to kind of wanted to, like, make him go inwards. We don't want that. This is gonna be a gorgeous little wall, Hemley. I was gonna trim that side and go over and loop it around again and just tie that off just like before. Can you? Coming all sorts of sizes and shapes of these. This is my favorite ones. And, um, I just love how it looks. I love the proportions. I think it looks just gorgeous either. Like that with a bunch of that. Those are actually three of the full him. Lee's taped together. These are kind of different variation sizes. Um, and this is just like a little wall mounted one. So I can this look, I can put it right only. Okay, Lights, which doesn't exactly gonna hold it up. But you can add like, a little loop and hang it anywhere against a wall with that little supportive breaks. Or if you wanted to be a three dimensional one hanging from the ceiling or tree or your porch. Have fun with that. Aren't these a awesome project to make? They are a gorgeous couch project. So if you wanted Teoh bang out 50 of them, you could definitely like one of my favorite things to do is like, put on a little game of Thrones, bang out some paper, start him lease. They're really fun to make. They're really versatile. And again, just like the paper straw pyramids faithful down to be so small. So they really are a gorgeous, versatile project. You can put them on the wall, you can hang them free hanging. You could do anything. And they're really gonna be a really visually impactful ah moment. Whether it's in your house, at your wedding or for gorgeous party 5. Starburst : in the final project for this class. I did. You have to make these gorgeous starbursts. So put away the elastic cord and get out your hot glue gun. You're also going to need a little bit of cardboard. Um, and you're gonna need, like, a little piece of, like, a, um, toilet paper roll or, um, paper, towel roll or anything. Kind of like that something nice and round that you have. That's easy to cut through. So I hope you enjoy on the final lesson in this class the paper straw starburst. I really think they're so visually impactful, they're absolutely gorgeous. If you have a little bit of sparkle, let's get it out and use it today to make it a little extra special because, really, I have been wanting something like this for a really long time. And every time I saw one that I liked, it was between 205 $100 like, honestly, you could make this thing for $5 tops like it's a very fun of project studio. And like, if you're making some wedding projects, imagine 12 of those on a wall with a little bit of lighting like I have here. What a better selfie moment for your wedding. A nice little backdrop for your guests to all get some gorgeous little luxury, sophisticated moments they don't have to know. It took you half on hour and $5 to make a little longer than half an hour, but not a ton more. So I have you enjoyed learning how to make this final project in our in our skill share costs. So let's head into the studio. I'll teach you how to make one. So let's get started. Um, we're gonna start out with a just piece of cardboard and you don't have to go out and buy this or anything. You definitely have a piece of cardboard that will work for this project in your house. You can use old food packaging like cereal boxes. Think of that kind of way. It doesn't have to be cereal boxes. I know I get like these, like near East races. That would be the perfect kind of weight to your kitchen is literally full of the kind of cardboard we need for this project. Don't worry at all about what it looks like. We're not going to see the actual cardboard that we're going to start this project with, um, at all. So I'm just going to your kitchen and, um, find a kind of like mid weight cardboard. This is a, um, lay flat Naylor that I had that is going toe work really nicely. So I am going to take the piece of cardboard, and I have just a normal just little like highball glass. And I am going to get out a pen. You use a marker, you can use a pencil literally anything. Like I said, this isn't gonna show it all. We're gonna cover it with straws. Okay, so I am going to trees out this glass in any Glassell work. Really? Maybe not a shot glass, but anything bigger than that, it's going to be just fine. And we're gonna be done with a glass. I'll put that away, going to cut out the circle that we just traced. And like I said before, nothing about what this cardboard looks like matters at all. So you don't have to be, like, really dear with it. Um just kind of give a general circle ish shape that's going to stand. It's gonna hold all of our straws. So it is important. But you're not going to see it. We're all done with that. So we have a piece of cardboard just like that. And I have a toilet paper roll. You can use paper towels you can use, like, probably wrapping paper. Whatever. Kind of like just roll that you have. Because we're going to use the inherent circular shape of this guy. Teoh. Be like, what kind of shows? Everything else in the project. What round is? I guess so. We have our toilet paper roll, and we are just going to take it And maybe, like probably about 1/2 inch, like less than an inch, like more than half an inch kind of go for that amount of, um, that kind of like, width of the chunk. And now we're just going to give it okay, just like that, and it's going to smush it a little bit. Don't worry about that. It'll go right backs around just by pushing it a little bit in the other direction. Oh, up. So I forgot to do my hand came again. Well, I ever remember to turn on my hands camp Um Ok, so now what we're gonna do is we're going to look at the, um look at the I thought that we just cut it because, like when you got like that, when you like, squish the, um, the roll down, it's never gonna really perfectly even. But, like, it's going to give you really almost there kind of vibe. So we're just gonna take it and we're just gonna look at it and trim it down this a little bit. And this doesn't have to be perfect either. We're really not gonna see it very much jagged edges either. So now we have this, and we have this two pieces of recycled cardboard is not nice that we can, like, use things that we have around the house and not like every single moment of a craft project has to necessarily come from the craft store. So we have our to, um, pieces of cardboard. We're gonna get out our glue gun, and we are going Teoh position get Oh, nice and lined up. Okay, we're in a position. Our toilet paper roll. Right. Kind of in the middle of this piece of cardboard and it doesn't be perfect. Perfect. But like, try to, like, you know, try to get it like, pretty close Teoh right in the middle. And now we are going Teoh, fill in this center area with glue. I don't really use hot glue very often for very many of my projects because it doesn't really have a very strong bond. The bond that it creates is kind of like tentative, except in the case where you kind of in case things, um, which is what we're kind of gonna go for here is going to be, like, more of, like, an encase to moment for the glue. So we're just going to really kind of make sure all it's hitting all the edges and, like, we're not gonna fill it up, fill it up. But like, if you feel like it go for it won't make any difference. And so now, little circle and we're gonna set that aside. Teoh dry for a little bit will not drive it like cool down or whatever for a little bit. And we're gonna get our straws now for this product we're gonna need about I don't know more than 60 and less than 70 is kind of like a good ballpark. It's gonna be a little bit subjective as like where the straws end up playing. Um, so yeah, kind of, like, just kind of shoot for that, like, you know, less than 60. I mean, more than 60 and less than 70. So now what we're gonna do is we're gonna take our straw, and we're going to pinch it right at the end. Give that straw a little pinch, just like that. So it's nice and flat. Now we're going to pinch another straw. So it's nice and flat just like that. And now we're going to take out our, um, a clip. This is just a normal like, um, like, you know, standard clip. They're they're pretty standard everywhere. If you don't have, they are available. I think even at every, um, every pharmacy will probably have a clip like this. They're pretty. They're very basic. Um, household supply. They're going to take our glue and this part be very, very careful, because I have burned my thumb. Ah, couple of times on this one of them was like superbad. Um, I had a blister and everything. So, like, be careful with hot glue. It's dangerous. So we're just gonna take our hot glue and put a little dollop of glue right there. And I, um, the glue gonna Hitchens Getty up. So it sounded like I put a lot more glue than just that little dollop and then we're gonna take are other one, and we're just gonna line those up so that the flat sides are parallel to each other. And now I'm just going to take my binder clip very carefully. Said it done. And then there you go. We have this one all done. These two pieces air gonna, um, let the glue cool and the bond set up between them. And, um, we're going to need a bunch of those which I already have done right over here. So there's a bunch already set up. Is my drafting table going to be big enough for this project? Unclear. So you have a bunch of these all done. Sometimes they come apart. That's fine. We're going to need some singles to. So now we're gonna take back out our little base that we made with the toilet paper roll in the recycled cardboard, and it's not quite set up, but that's fine. You can keep on going. It doesn't have to be like and set set for the steps. So now I am just going Teoh, take my glue gun and we're gonna just start to go all the way around the side. Not like just one section at a time. Don't go all the way around But eventually we'll make our way all the way around. But we're just entity one section at a time and position these straws, these like little straw couples that we have And they will have to be like, you know, like, really, really close together at this point. Um, they just need Teoh. Nice. Kind of looked like a nice like burst instead of like, make sure they're not, like zigging or zagging into any one particular direction or not. I really like to use a lot of hot glue when I use hot glue. Like I said, it's not really my favorite adhesive, but the way that we use it in this project, it will set up a nice strong bond because we're going to really encase thes straws in this hot clue. So I'm liking how this is looking It's looking nice and kind of speech stout at this point . So now I'm gonna go in with, um unp aired straws. So we just put in a bunch of paired straws like I showed you had to do with a pinch in the gloom together the binder clip and let him dry. We just a bunch of those. But now I go in in between those and put in some just plain single straws. And if you don't want to do this stop. That's finding him. Skip it. Um, it will be a little bit more sparsely, um, versi, um they will have, like, fewer starburst like moments for sure like it because it's going to be less dense, but that's totally okay, So I am just going to go. And in between I think that right there is a nice spot. So in between, I'm just going to go in and add this. So now I'm just gonna put in my last little in between er great there, and I am going Teoh in case the whole fit moat, the whole thing of straws that I have right now, I'm gonna, in case that all in a nice thick layer of hot glue. And the reason why we do this is because, ah, hot glue bond is like nothing. It's not strong at all. All of your straws will fall off if you don't in case the whole thing in glue. Because then every think the whole in casement is what's holding it together because the bonds of hot glue are not going to be strong enough to keep this together at all. So you really do need to do this encasement step. It seems like it's a lot of blue, and it is. It seems like it's a pain in the butt gift. A wait for the glue Teoh like cool down and dry it is, but it's something that absolutely needs to be done. If you want. Let's just say the way it is instead of, um, slowly falling apart, which will happen if you don't in case it. So we really have to encase this in some glue. So I am going to Why not me? He and Kim real quick. Okay, that looks good. And now I am just going Teoh, really go through and make sure every single inch of this IHS covered and glue every little nook and cranny. And I'm doing this, um, thing you can see right here where I'm just like, instead of like, using the actual glued on trigger. You can't just push that glue great through. If you if you get tired or if it seems like it's like having a hard time getting out the amount that you want, you can push on top of it too, because we really do just need a ton of glue here. Okay, that looks good. So now we are just going to let that dry for, um, a little while. Um, it's gonna be like them, Lee. It's would be like I give a snack moment, you know, like, No, I eat a whole meal. You want to go out, do something, check your Facebook on, come back and it'll be set. But you don't want to start working on it until it's like, more or less cooled. So I'm going to set this aside. I'm gonna go do something else. I'll be back in a second, and we will keep on working on this project. So now all the top layer of glue is, um is all set it's all dried, and now you can see what would have come off pretty easily. I can really manhandle now, and that means that there's a really strong glue bond and that's exactly what we want for this piece. So now we're going to dio the next layer, and that's gonna be very similar to what we did before. Again, we're going to use these little to impaired little straws. They don't need to be as full of coverage as we did we what made this first layer very dense for the second layer, we're just going to kind of look for those like spaces in between the straws and we're gonna look to fill in those wider gaps with the top layer are the middle layer. Let's call it because we have one more layer after that. Um, but yeah, um, let's get putting these guys on it again. It's gonna be a very similar thing is gonna be a little different because it's on top of some glue, but I see a gap kind of happening right here. So I put some glue right there, and I am going to just position this guy so that it's filling in that gap just like that, and then keep on going all the way around, just like, not quite as dense again. Like I said, it's not gonna be as dense is the first layer. But it's gonna be like, you know, looking to fill in gaps. And I'm trying to be like, you know, don't go like a huge section without the middle layer. Um, so make it a ah little even and fill in those gaps, okay? - And now I think that's looking really good. Um, and again, what we're gonna do is we're going to encase thes straws in glue again. It's gonna use a lot of glue. It's gonna, um you know, it's only that you have to do those so that it doesn't fall apart. So now I am just going to cover this guy in some glue because ah ha glues Bond is not very strong. - And occasionally, um, the glue that we put on top here is going Teoh melt the bonds that, um, are keeping the two like the straw pairs glued together. And that's fine. Don't worry about it. Don't get stressed out about. It won't make any difference because it's super in case now they're not gonna go anywhere. And here is a Q tip for when you need to put in a new clue stick even if your lake for this is good for any project. This isn't just good for this one, but we do use a hot glue, a lot of glue in this project. So it's a good kind of trick to use. What we're gonna do is we're gonna use just a dog glue at the end of the mistake. Now, we're just gonna press that in to the old stick. And while you don't have to, really, it really helps the transition between glue sticks. But if you're like old craft, you know, if you do a lot of glue stick crafts or hot glue crafts, you'll know that the transition between sticks can kind of be a little, uh, sticky less than sticky. I don't know. So we're going to wait for this top layer to dry. But in the meantime, while we are doing that, I'm just going to kind of set this slimy that societies I can get. I guess we don't need that well done with this one, and I can get rid of all the pairs. Perfect. So now we're just gonna take out about a dozen? Um, just a plain, straight strips are complains, um, straws, like, right out of the package. And what we're gonna dio is we're gonna take them by the threes and we're in a just taken and fold them anywhere you want. A full them is fine. It doesn't really matter where evil them, But it's good to have a nice variation, so make sure they're not all exactly the same, That's why do women three. So now three will be the same. But like, you know, I'll do like the next three. I'll have a B a really short one and then a really long one. And the variation that we create as we fold these guys going to really make a more depth for the top layer of our starburst. So what we're gonna dio is I have start, I'm gonna do these ones. They're all they're not like exactly in the middle, but they're pretty close. So I have this one all fold it and I'm just going to give it a pinch right there at the bottom, real quick little pinch take out my glue gun, give that a spot of glue and then pull that back over. Use the binder clips that we used to glue together the pears, and then we're just gonna do that. It's like a little single. It's like, cute. Like that's like, um, nice little moment is going to give our starburst a lot of gorgeous depth, which is going to be really nice, because right now the whole thing is, um, yeah, that's that's cool enough to show you right now. It's all very consistent. So we're just going to give it a little bit more levels with the technique I showed you with a folding and the gloom gluing them together and again, I have a ton of them already. Me. So I'll get those out and we're gonna need about a dozen of these little folded starbursts folded raise. I guess I'd call him. Okay, so now I was gonna go around again, and I am going Teoh kind of go on top of everything with these and now we're going to just in case this just unlike a little bit of glue, we don't want to do too much But we also don't want to worry too much about it being seen because we're going to cover it up with them are like little glitter moments next. So, um, definitely kind of keep it close to the, um, the edge of the, um piece. Because we are going Teoh, we don't want it to be like quite as, like, crazy as we went with the 1st 2 layers. We definitely want to be more strategic more right on the end. But we also do you want that to be encased just because, Like I said, hot clue does not have a strong bond, and so we're kind of giving it a strong bond by really encasing it in this plastic, which is hot glue. Awesome. So now for the final step. And I think like probably the most fun step is the little, like, glitter moments. So I have a couple of different on things. I've made them in a different a couple of different styles on so far. Then one has all just the little mirrors. This one has all gemstones. And on the one I'm going to make here today, I'm going to do a mixture of mirrors and gemstones. You can really dio lots of different things with this. Have fun with it there. Um, these like little kind of like gemstones will come and like, just like the giant ist bag of fun. Um, try to look at, like, if you can't find them with, like, where the regular gemstones are at your craft store trying to look for him in the kids section, I always find the best deals in the kids section. Um, you can really get a giant bag of just like the most sparkly fun Gen Stones that are so fun to play they're so fun to just have around in your studio. Um, so, yeah, go out and get some. There are also these on little mirrors that are for sale at the craft store. They are a very sophisticated, gorgeous little moment to, um and a combination of the two is great. That's what I'm gonna do here today. But like or you could just see one or the other or both. So the first thing we're gonna do is we really want Teoh cover up this whole that's right here that's made from the toilet paper roll. It's pretty filled up with hot glue. At this point, we have ah, that Lance Layer has overflowed a little bit into the hole that those where the paper roll is. So I am just going Teoh, take a look. And I see. So how I like to do this is if it's a big enough piece of sparkle, put the glue right on to the gem. And for this middle section, I am going to use all of these, these bigger ones that I have. I'm just gonna go all the way around the edge with these. They're not going to be exactly, like flat because they don't really have a flat surface. Exactly. But we're going to really be able Teoh clue them Teoh themselves and to each other to just really fill in that, um, that hole that we have because the toilet paper roll was really helpful to help us keep everything nice and circular thinks didn't get very wonky because of it. But now we want to cover it up because he wants people to be like it's not a toilet paper roll, and we're just going all the way around the edge, just like that and again when you're doing it this way, be careful of your fingers because hot glue can do some real damage to fingers. And now I have the outside edge of that done. And so now I'm just going to go in and Teoh just a little bit of the gap. So I'm really just gluing the pieces to themselves now. Good. It looks like I'm not just enough of these, so that's always a plus. It's always a real bummer to need, like to Maura and not have them. And now we're just gonna let that dry. I think I'm gonna put one more right in the middle there cause I got a little sloppy with my glue That's burnt myself. I guess I shouldn't have done that last one, but I've already started. So why not Great in the middle like that? Now all of our sins are hidden. You won't be able to see any of that like excessive excess, like extra glue that we did. Um, it's all covered up. Its riel razzle dazzled. Um, and now we just are going to go around and I want to do a mixture, um, years and gorgeous little gemstones, and I'm gonna go in, like, Sprinkle the rest of the outer edge with this mixture. Uh, sparkles. Something's going to go around the edge. I like video. A circle of, like, kind of bigger ones trying to be, like, a little bit even with it, like they don't have to be, like, all exactly the same place. Definitely. Don't let him try to, like, go around evenly with the big ones and then go around evenly with, like, the medium size ones and then go round evenly with little ones. That makes a really gorgeous composition. - No . So I think one more right there is gonna look good. Let's do one more right there. People put as much of the sparkle on as you want. You can put his little on as you want. Um, it's really just it up to you. You could really do not have any sparkle at all. Um, and just kind of think of like some creative ways to fill in that hole. Or maybe you don't even care a few people who can see that hole. That's fine, too. So now I am going to show you the final product is that just gorgeous. I absolutely love this project. One of the things you will notice with this project is the excessive amount of, like, hot glue cobwebs that you'll develop between going around several times with the straws and then, um, a little bit of glitter afterwards. There really is a lot of, um Ah, lots of hot glue called Web. So what you just do with that was just kind of gently stroke the stroke it And it will still all kind of stick to each other and be gone eventually, so that just taking a little bit of time. If you are doing this in like, a big group of people like, let's say you had, like, a bridesmaid's party and you wanted to make a bunch of these in one big go in, like treat your friends who like some, like, you know, mimosas and, um crafting. And there's some of your party that maybe isn't the most crafty. Bye. Enjoy doing this. Um, hot glue cobweb work. So now we have this all done. And for the quick little last moment, what we're gonna do is we're gonna flip it around and we are going. Teoh, take one of our clips again. And so we're just gonna find a little spot for this to clip onto. Oh, shoot. I did too much glucose. I'm just pry up a little bit of this part and clip on this clip to the back, just like that. And then you can hang up your piece by just that little binder clip that we used Teoh put the styles together, so I really hope you enjoy this class. Um, there's ah, a few more videos to combat that. That's it. I hope you really enjoyed, um let me gonna make thes strong craps with me. 6. Class project: so forth projects in this class. I'd like everybody to make one or two of each of the projects that we did in this class and take some pictures of them and share them in the project section there really gorgeous to core, So they're going to really work in lots of different places in your house. I'd like to see how you're using them on whether it's some sort of really sophisticated, gorgeous party or whether it's your dorm room or your house. Like I have these in my house. No shame in using some very inexpensive craps. Teoh make a giant statement in your house. So share pictures of your final projects with me in the project section and, of course, share them on Instagram because they're very Graham Mobile little projects, aren't they? So just share him. And if you have any questions on any of the projects, if you're having a hard time with any part of any of them, please leave a comment in the project section, and I will be happy to answer anything that comes up for you guys in this class. Hopefully, it's all pretty straightforward and, um, simple, but if you're having a hard time. There's no shame in that. Just come and ask me for help. I'd be I'm here for you. So, um, take some pictures, Big projects and totally how it went and should share your project and share your pictures in the project section. 7. Thank you! : So that's it for the class. Um, I think it is so much for joining me. I really hope I can inspire you to make some of these projects. I really hope that my instructions are really clear and concise that they're not Like I said before, you can go into the common section and to ask me questions. I'd happen Happy to help. My whole general vibe in life is to provide inspiration for creativity because I think that sometimes people think that they can't do things, and that bums me out. You're totally do whatever. Um, So I am here for you to help inspire your creativity and help integrate that making kind of moment into your whole life. So maybe you started out making just the paper start families, and then you made a giant one. They were playing around with different shapes and sizes. I love that. Follow your inspiration. Use my instructions here as a jumping off point to make something even cooler and better. And, um, even better than what I have here. Just used the inspiration that you get by having this new skill set that you have