Upcycled Straw Bangles

Olivera Bratich
Upcycled Straw Bangles

Summer is in full swing and nothing beats a cold water or lemonade on a hot day! These upcycled bracelets are a great way to get more life out of the straws you'll go through this season. Wash out and save your used straws - the more colorful, the better!

  • 3-6 straws
  • Scissors
  • White pipe cleaners

Use the scissors to cut your straws into 1/2-inch to 1-inch pieces. The pieces don't have to be the same size - in fact, it's better to have a variety of sizes!

Bend a pipe cleaner around your wrist about the size you want your bracelet to be. Make sure you have enough room to slide it over your hand to put it on. Cut off any excess pipe cleaner.

These straw pieces will act as beads for your bangle bracelets. Slide them onto the pipe cleaner, alternating colors and sizes. Leave about a 1/2-inch on each end of the pipe cleaner bead-free.

Once you've filled the pipe cleaner, twist the two ends together to form a circle. Twist the wire part of the pipe cleaner so it lays as flat as possible and slide a straw bead over it, so the sharp ends are covered.

Repeat to create as many bangles as you want to wear!

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m., weekdays except Tuesdays when they're closed, 12 noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.