Here’s another cool weaving craft for your older kids to try. Straw Weaving! All you need is a few drinking straws, tape and yarn, and your kids can make bracelets, necklaces, headbands and bookmarks for themselves or to trade with friends.
As you know, my daycare hooligans love yarn crafts, and they’re really into weaving right now (see all of our weaving projects here). The other day we made these these woven paper plate bowls, and most recently, we tried straw weaving!
Oh my goodness. It couldn’t be any easier, and the pieces make up really quickly, so your kids can make quite a few projects in no time.
I love that there’s no special equipment involved with straw weaving. You don’t need a sewing needle, and there’s no loom to prepare other than taping your straws together.
Let me show you how easy it is to do.
You can watch the instructional video that I’ve made or follow the written instructions below.
Straw Weaving Instructions:
- 3 or more drinking straws
- yarn (approx 7-8 meters)
- beads (optional)
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Weave with Drinking Straws and Yarn
- Tape straws.
Tape 3 drinking straws together at one end, leaving a very small gap between the straws.
To weave on your straws, leave a long tail, and insert your yarn between two of the straws, close to the taped end. Weave over and under the straws until you get to the 3rd straw and then weave your way back to the first straw. Repeat this motion as you weave your way up the straws.
Note: From time to time, stop and slide your weaving down towards the taped end so your stitches are snug. Weave all the way to the top end of the straws.
- Prepare to take project off the straws.
When you get to the end of the straws, snip your yarn, leaving a tail.
Cut 3 new pieces of yarn that are several inches longer than the straws and drop one piece through each straw.
- Tie the top tails.
At the top (untaped) end of the straw, tie the piece that you finished weaving with to one of the new pieces of yarn and secure with a knot. Next, knot the other two pieces of yarn together. Then knot all 4 tails together in one knot.
- Slide project off straws.
Gently push and shimmy your weaving off the straws. Lay your project flat and gently smooth it out.
- Tie the bottom tails.
Much like you did with the top tails, knot the bottom tails together.
- Decorate with beads.
If you’re making a bookmark, add some pony beads to the tails of your woven project.
And that, my Lovely, is all there is to weaving on straws.
What a fun way for older kids to enjoy an afternoon of crafting.
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Any estimates on yarn length if I’m doing this with a larger group?
You’ll need about 7.5 meters of yarn for one bookmark.
Whenever we slide the bookmark off of the straws, it comes apart. What are we doing wrong? We tie 2 strings together, tie the other two together, and tie all 4 together. Then we shimmy it off slowly, but one of the center yarn pieces in the straws always comes out. Any tips?
I’m not sure I understand how it comes out if you’ve tied that piece of yarn to another piece of yarn. It wouldn’t be able to slide out of the tied end, and if you’ve left the tails at the other end long enough, the weaving shouldn’t slip off the yarn at the other untied end. It could if you shimmied the weaving off the straws quickly, but it sounds like you’re doing it slowly and carefully. You might try leaving longer tails at the untied end. Other than that, I’m kind of stumped about what exactly is happening and how you might prevent it.
Thanks for the great tutorial! Do you recommend this craft for 6-7 year-olds (assuming the adult did the finishing)?
That age group would likely find our traditional cardboard weaving and circle weaving easier, Shan. The straw weaving is a bit tricky, and more appropriate for age 10 and up.
I found that bamboo skewers work great to push the yarn down through the straws. Thanks for the great idea – going to try this at a youth camp out this next week.
Great tip, Daryl. Have fun with your youth camp!