Here is my latest upcycled jewelry idea, featuring a flower in a little nest of green leaves:
If you've popped in recently, you've seen some of my efforts to upcycle every part of the nefarious Starbucks cup.
So far I've turned them into awesome jewelry storage, cool beaded earrings, some wild chandy earrings, and some big floofy flowers.
Today, the super easy DIY for another way to use those green plastic straws!
Create several short lengths of straw with diagonal cuts on both ends.
Poke holes through the centers with a pin.
On a long headpin, thread a flower bead and the straw segments.
Now add a bunch of little green seed beads. Cinch everything up nice and tight - this will squish the straws flat so they look more leafy. Finish with a wrapped loop to hold everything together.
Adjust the shape so the flower faces forward and the stem is a bit bendy. Add a cord, neckwire or chain.
Done and done. How cute is that?
Here's another version. In place of the seed bead stem, make a big wrapped loop. Then squoosh it semi-flat with a bend in the middle. This pic shows how it should look:
Slide it onto a leather bracelet band. Use pliers to gently crimp it against the band. Voila! A sweet little flower bracelet.
As you can probably tell, for the bracelet I used single-ended leaf segments instead of the double-ended ones, for a three-leaf effect. Play around with the number of leaf points, until you get the right look to complement your flower bead.
I am having soooo much fun with these Starbucks straws! Another idea for them coming soon - and it's not jewelry. See you then!