20 Fun Straw Craft Ideas for Kids

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Do you have a lot of leftover straws from parties or drinks on the go? Why not put them to good use and make some crafts with the kids? Straws are a cheap, easy-to-use crafting material that can be used for a variety of projects. 

Here, we’re sharing 20 straw craft ideas to try. From simple bracelets to 3D straw structures, there’s something for everyone. Gather your straws and let the crafting begin!

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Supply List for Straw Activities for Kindergarten

Here are common supplies you will need for a majority of these crafts. Pick and choose what supplies you use for which projects. Most importantly, have fun!

20 Cool Things to Make with Straws

Most of these projects are easy and require minimal supplies, so they’re perfect for kids of all ages. Let’s get started!

1. Straw Blow Painting

Draw a rainbow on paper with paint and use a straw to blow the paint around so that the colors run together. It’s a novel take on a painting that requires no paintbrush at all.

Once you’ve tried the rainbow, see what other fun designs you can make with the blow painting technique.

Also, be sure to check out this rainbow activity as well!

blow painting a rainbow using a straw

by Kidz Craft Corner

2. Sensory Rainbow

Fill a tray with shaving cream and use colorful straw segments to make a rainbow. Introduce kids to the ROYGBIV color concept for rainbows while you’re making it.

Kids will love squishing their hands in the fluffy shaving cream as they create and play. 

If your kids enjoy this activity, be sure to check out how to make foam paint!

rainbow made of straws in shaving cream

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3. Heart Straw Necklace

Make some fun jewelry using straws! These straw heart necklaces are totally cute and easy enough for toddlers to make. Threading the straw pieces is excellent for fine motor practice for tiny fingers.

heart straw necklace

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4. Snowflake Busy Box

Put together a snowflake busy box to keep toddlers and preschoolers entertained and engaged in the winter. Busy boxes are handy for long car rides, or anytime you need a moment of quiet time to get things done around the house.

Also, make sure to check out this Pre-K Busy Book!

winter busy box idea

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5. Straw Rockets

Celebrate summer by making these straw rockets to take outdoors. Use the printable template and a pretty decorative straw to put them together quickly. How far will your rocket go?

girl with straw rocket

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6. Biting Shark Paper Plate Craft

When Shark Week arrives, you’ll be ready with a fun paper plate shark that really “chomps” with its mouth. One straw serves as the handle, while the other helps move the shark’s jaw up and down. 

movable shark paper plate craft

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Related article: Paper Plate Rain Cloud Craft

7. Summer Straw Shooters

Make buzzy bees and cute butterflies to shoot from the tip of straws. These summer shooters are loads of fun for kids of all ages. 

Need more summer crafts? We’ve got ’em!

bee and butterfly straw shooters

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Related article: Easy Beaded Butterfly Craft For Kids

8. Straw Spider and Spiderweb

You’ll need lots of straws to make this creepy spider and colorful spiderweb. What a wonderful Halloween craft or project for a study on arachnids. 

spider and spiderweb made of straws

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Related article: 17 Best Halloween Sensory Bins For Kids

9. Straw Airplane Glider

Forget paper airplanes. This straw and paper glider is easy to make and flies even better than many paper airplane designs. It’s the perfect family activity, with everyone making their own gliders and then having a contest to see whose plane can fly the farthest. 

glider made with paper and straw

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10. Watermelon Pinwheel

Capture the essence of summer in this craft that’s as much fun to make as it is to play with. The straw serves as the handle for the pinwheel, and a plastic straw may be the sturdier choice for a DIY toy like this. If you prefer to use a paper one, however, it will work just fine. 

watermelon themed pinwheel craft

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11. Paper Straw Skeleton

No bones about it. This paper straw skeleton is a simple craft for Halloween or for a quick, kid-friendly study of the skeletal system. It’s ideal for the classroom because the supplies are minimal, and it’s not messy at all. 

skeleton craft with straw bones

by Our Kid Things

12. Bat Shooters

Make bat rockets using the printable template and paper straws. They’ll be fun at Halloween parties, where you can shoot them and compete with others to see whose bat flies the highest.

Also, be sure to check out this easy cup bat craft!

bat straw shooters

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13. Pipe Cleaner and Straw Apples

Back-to-school season is the perfect time to make apple crafts like this one using pipe cleaners, straw pieces, and buttons. Kids can practice cutting, threading, counting, and color sorting with one simple activity.

apples made with pipe cleaners and straws

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14. Paper Plate Sun Craft

Whether you’re studying a weather unit or simply want to bring a little sunshine into your home, this paper plate sun craft fits the bill. The pipe cleaner sunrays are capped with straw pieces, which is a wonderful threading practice for kids. 

sun craft made of straws and a paper plate

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15. Paper Straw Spiders

These cute spiders will make fantastic Halloween crafts. They’re not scary at all! Paint large circles, give the spider colorful straw legs, and add big googly eyes to complete the craft. They look silly and friendly rather than scary.

spider craft with paper straw legs

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16. Fireworks Straw Rockets

Ribbon and sparkly pipe cleaners top these straw rockets made to look like fireworks. Don’t they look dazzling? Make some for your 4th of July or New Year’s gathering. They’re perfect for kids who may be afraid of fireworks. 

Check out these 4th of July Fireworks Crafts!

fireworks shooters made with straw, ribbon, and pipe cleaners

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17. Engineering With Straws and Playdough

Have a budding engineer on your hands? Try this STEM activity with straws and playdough. It’s simple to set up and leaves so much room for open-ended creativity. You’ll be surprised at what children can build using only these two materials, straws, and playdoh.

STEM activity with straws and playdough

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18. Marble Maze Craft

Create a marble maze using straw segments and a shallow cardboard box. This simple DIY toy is a children’s classic. Even older children will enjoy making marble mazes.

marble maze made with straws and a box

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19. Paper Straw Christmas Tree Cards

Create gorgeous Christmas cards for family and friends using decorative paper straws. Add mini pom-poms and a gold star to complete the tree. You can use the same idea to make cards for Easter and other holidays.

Christmas tree card made with green and white paper straws

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20. Fabric and Straw Bracelets

Strips of fabric and pieces of paper straws make for trendy-looking bracelets that kids will love wearing and sharing with their friends. You can use any fabric scraps you have on hand to make them. Recycle old t-shirts and turn them into fun jewelry!

bracelets made with straws and fabric

by Mama Miss

Crafts With Straws- Final Thoughts

Straw arts and crafts are great for children of all ages to enjoy. If your child loves taking on projects that allow them to unleash their creativity, then these 20 fun and unique crafts with straws are sure to help them have a blast.

With such an easy and reliable material, you’ll soon find you can make a variety of beautiful things with your kids! Not only can they brighten up your child’s day, but they can also be enjoyed by the entire family! They also make decorations or even as presents for friends and family members.

So get creative, get inspired, and above all, enjoy making these 20 different crafts using straws! With the right technique, it’s surprising how easily straws can help to bring out their inner artist.

Do you have a favorite straw craft? We’d love to hear about it in the comments. Make sure you pin this post for later when you need some fun and easy craft ideas to keep kids entertained for hours.

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