Plastic Straw Light Fixture DIY - Yes, Plastic Straws!

8 Materials
30 Minutes

I have a plain light fixture in my closet and decided to give it a cheap upgrade. I grabbed some plastic straws from Walmart, some cardboard I had laying around, spray paint, some hot glue and made myself a fun light fixture!

For this project I only needed to purchase the plastic straws so I only spent around $6!

Before + After! I love the way this turned out! I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I was creative and resourceful with what I had to make this quick little update.

Materials Needed

-Not pictured 2-3 command strips to attach to the ceiling.

This is the existing light fixture.

Step One - Make Template

I used a tape measure to see the distance across the light fixture and went off of that. I added 1 inch to attach the straws onto. If I were to make this again, I would probably go 1/2 inch just so it doesn't show so much.

Step Two - Cut Out

I used scissors and a razor blade to cut out the center circle as well.

After cutting the cardboard out, I brought it back to the light fixture to made sure it fit.

Step Three - Paint

The existing light fixture was silver. I chose to paint the straws gold, so I wanted it to match. I taped the light fixture off and spray painted it.

NOTE - I am fully aware that I could have taken the light fixture down to paint, I was simply being lazy and in my opinion this was the quicker option to just tape and paint it while it was hung.

Step Four - Attach Staws To Cardboard

This was very simple. I used my hot glue gun and added the straws. I did a variation of different lengths. I cut before I glued.

Step Five - Add Command Strips + Hang

I decided to hang it with the card board showing, but you could hang either way. I just used the velcro like command strips to hang.

I'm pleased with the way this turned out. It was a very inexpensive way to spruce up my closet!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Cheryl Rimmer
    on Sep 23, 2020

    You did a great job. My question is how do you tolerate all of these Karen comments? 😂

    • Linda steaples
      on Sep 28, 2020

      I was thinking about the same thing when reading the comments LIKE REALLY PEOPLE THINK LIKE THAT NOW AMAZINGTO ME !!!!!!

  • Virginia
    on Sep 28, 2020

    How do you get rid of the dust that accumulates on the straws?

    • Flipturn
      on Sep 29, 2020


      Blow air against the straws with a hair blow dryer set on 'cool' or 'air'.

  • Miriam Laboy
    on Sep 28, 2020

    Doesn't the heat melt the straws eventually?

    • Brenda Gimbel
      on Sep 28, 2020

      She probably uses LED light bulbs which throw off very little heat. Otherwise with regular bulbs this would surely mot be a great idea.

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  • Julie
    on Sep 28, 2020

    It seems like the heat from the light would possibly start a fire from the straws or cardboard.

  • Lisa West
    on Sep 28, 2020

    At first I thought I was not going to like this upgrade. How ever it turned put absolutly adorable. I do like it alot. Thank you for sharing. Its pretty amazing what items used can create a prettier or upscaled space ... again thank you for sharing.

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