DIY Geometric Decor Shapes


Would you believe me if I told you that I made these geometric decor shapes from drinking straws? You don’t have to believe me because I am going to show you!! :)
This is a fun and relativity easy project, so you can make your own, too!
This was such a fun little project and now I am left with some stunning decor. I saw these succulent holders on Pinterest the other day and I wanted to make something similar.
image source: Lia Griffith
The only problem I was facing was the copper piping. It can be a little on the pricey side, so I racked my brain to think of an alternative, and that is when I remembered that I had an over whelming amount of drinking straws. You see, this summer, I made a whole bunch of these pencil holders for teacher’s gifts.
They are actually drinking straw holders, but I replaced the straws with pencils. Super cute, right?
I hung onto the drinking straws because I knew that I would be able to DIY them into something and today was the day I put them to good use!
I have also been looking for a project to use this new paint that I got — Americana Decor Metallics in Copper by DecoArt. This paint is great to transform ordinary stuff into a beautiful copper and unless you actually touch the drinking straws you would never know that they are not copper piping. This paint is bang on!
To do this project, I used my drinking straws and some crafting wire.
I whipped out my paint brush and started painting as many straws as I could.
I had to do two coats of the paint on the straws. Once the paint was dried, I cut off the ends of the straw that weren’t painted. I didn’t paint all the way down to the end just so I could have something to hang onto while I was painting.
Then it was time to start building some shapes. This process was a little bit of trial and error.
I started by sliding the wire through the a single straw.
Then, I bent the wire up. I felt that I didn’t have enough wire on the left side so I twisted on another piece of wire.
It would be a lot easier if I had wire that was on a spool, but I make what I have work.
I slide two more straws on the wire and then formed them into a triangle
I kept adding more wire and more straw and then started connecting them.
There really is no rhyme or reason to how I did this. I just started connecting them.
The wire started getting a little flimsy, so I secured the areas where the three straws meet up with a bit of hot glue.
You have to be really careful when you are doing this cause the glue is hot and can melt the plastic and the wire. What I did, was I added a dab of the hot glue and immediately blew on it to cool it down. This seemed to work quite well.
I made two different shapes — a large one and a smaller one.
I set them up on my bookcase. I thought that they looked pretty good here, but I wanted to play around with them a little bit more.
I put the smaller one inside of the larger one and added a candle.
What do you think? Which way do you like better? Let me know!
Either way, I love my new “copper pipe” geometric shapes!
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  • Jo Ann Casey
    on Mar 3, 2018

    Will the paint adhere to the glue?

  • Kelly Roxanne Logsdon
    on Mar 4, 2018

    Can you imagine how cool your idea could be using black flat paint, and gold or silver glitter hot glue on the corners? You have started a new art.

    • Mary McDonald
      on Mar 7, 2018

      Kelly, like a small version of Tinker Toys? You’ll have to google that-they’re an old toy😊

  • Kelly Roxanne Logsdon
    on Mar 4, 2018

    Can you imagine how cool your idea could be using black flat paint, and gold or silver glitter hot glue on the corners? You have started a new art.

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