Introduction: Make a Drinking Straw Heart Hairpin

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You can make a decorative hairpin VERY cheaply with items you already have at home. (If you don't have any straws, a quick trip through the nearest drive-through can remedy that!)

As requested by MANY comments, the last step is a video to explain it a little clearer!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

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You will need:

•2 plastic drinking straws
•a bobby pin

Step 2: Flatten Your Straws

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Do it. Now.

(It's easiest if you stretch it along the edge of a table or a book at an angle and rub back and forth.) The flatter your straws are, the flatter your heart will be; It will also make the weaving a little easier.

Step 3: Begin Folding

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For illustrative purposes, the white straw is straw #1 and the pink straw is straw #2... Because I said so.

1)Fold straw #1 in half and angle it to form a "V" then slide straw #2 into the bottom of the "V" shape. 
2)Fold the right end of straw #2 up in FRONT the right side of straw #1 so that it is parallel with the left end of straw #1.
3)Fold the right end of straw #1 around the FRONT of the right end of straw #2 and tuck it BEHIND the left end of straw#1.
4)Take the right end of straw #2 and fold it over the FRONT of straw #1 and tuck it BEHIND the left end of straw #2.
5)Take the right end of straw #1 and fold it BEHIND the left end of straw #1, then bring it in FRONT of the right end of straw #2. (It should now be parallel with the left end of straw #2.)
6)Fold the right end of straw #1 BEHIND the right end of straw #2 and tuck it in FRONT of the left end of straw #2.
7)Fold the right end of straw #2 in FRONT of straw #1 and tuck it BEHIND the left end of straw #2. Then fold the right end of straw #1 over the FRONT of both ends of straw #2 and BEHIND the left end of straw #1.
8)Bend both sides of straw #2 down so that the longer end will lie down flat over the middle of the heart.
9)Tuck this longer end under the cross section of straw #2 that runs straight through the middle of the heart.
10)Pull this end through the cross section tightly.

Step 4: Make It LOOK Like a Heart!

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Trim the edges of each straw end so that they are flush with the sections of straw that are overlapping them. (You'll need to trim the two edges sticking out at the top, the edge sticking out underneath the cross section and the edge sticking out under the piece that is tucked under the cross section...This is detailed in the 3rd photo here.)

Step 5: Attach Pin

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The side with all the trimmed edges is the back. This is the side to which we'll attach the bobby pin. Slide the top part (the side with the zig-zag shape) of the bobby pin under the piece that is tucked through the cross section. (Be careful not to snag your trimmed end of straw here.) Now carefully push the bobby pin through the cross section...And VOILA!!!

Step 6: Enjoy!

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Now fix your hair up nice (at least nicer than mine) and find a nice straw-coordinating outfit!

(The second photo is one made from two of the pink straws that McDonald's has to celebrate their new berry smoothies... Oh, and Dunkin' Donuts also has cute orange straws with pink stripes!!)

Step 7: Still Don't Know What the Heck You're Doing?

Then maybe just watch this vid...


brenna1123435 (author)2013-08-25

No video

veherrera (author)2011-07-16

Im really confused! :( but its a great instructable :)

mduvarsha (author)2011-05-08

it is a wonderful art.all girls like it. wowwwwwwwwwww.................................................. wat a mindblowing attractive art

5STARGBLOOD (author)2011-03-16

it took me 2 tries but i got it im makin sum for my gf whi hope soon to be my fiance

spockck (author)5STARGBLOOD2011-03-30

aww thats sweet

JessieT (author)2011-02-03

Just made one now! - they are so easy to make and look great. Love this instructable!

hathuctien (author)2011-02-03

it so great. I really love it. :)

xobabikizil (author)2011-01-27

I love this!! So simple with the video and comes out so cute! I also folded in an extra piece cause I didnt want the cut part to show from the front. Looks great with the dunkin donuts straws. =)

LaurelWashburn (author)2011-01-19

I just made this. It's so easy and adorable! Excellent instructions- the pictures really helped.

stuffonthemoon (author)2011-01-11


CamillaLuvzMusic (author)2010-12-19

wooo! thnx for the vid i just finished two! woo!

ashaloo (author)CamillaLuvzMusic2010-12-20

No problem!!! Glad it helped you out!

carpfluff (author)2010-12-15

yay! easy christmas gifts!

ashaloo (author)carpfluff2010-12-18

You're right!! They make cute decorations for the packages as well!!

ashaloo (author)2010-12-18

Well go get some!

lydwatters (author)2010-12-12

I am so confused on how to finish it off. Do you have a video of this or anything? jw :) very awesome instructable even though I'm not smart enough to do it haha

ashaloo (author)lydwatters2010-12-18

I made a video as requested... Check out the last step!

mikedude524 (author)2010-12-11

What does the box inside say?

ashaloo (author)mikedude5242010-12-11

Are you referring to my work surface? My crafting area is carpeted, :( so I was using a Rocketdog shoebox to work on...

apathyincarnate (author)ashaloo2010-12-12

I think he means in the picture for the 2nd to last step. There is a comment box in the middle, but when you mouse over it to see the comment on this step it is overridden by the larger box around the whole thing. :)

Also, I am a little stuck on that step too, but overall great 'ible!

-edit- I am referencing the pictures for Step 3

ashaloo (author)apathyincarnate2010-12-18

AHHHH! Okay, thanks for the clarification! It's simply outlining the cross-section that you're supposed to slip the longer straw end under.

SeaLion (author)2010-12-14

Very interesting! I'm inspired to go visit BK some time soon now! :D

ashaloo (author)SeaLion2010-12-18

Not sure if you've got any 7-11's or Zaxby's in your area, but 7-11's have great colored straws and Zaxby's has neat darkish blue colored straws.

rockadio101 (author)2010-12-13

do they have to be the same coller or size of stra

ashaloo (author)rockadio1012010-12-18

Color doesn't matter, but they do need to be the same size in diameter and length.

minioop (author)2010-12-14

step 8 is really confusing

ashaloo (author)minioop2010-12-18

I made a video as requested... Check out the last step!

CamillaLuvzMusic (author)2010-12-18

I finished step 7 but now i'm stuck, can anyone help me pleeease?

ashaloo (author)CamillaLuvzMusic2010-12-18

I made a video as requested... Check out the last step!

crazydaizy (author)2010-12-05

I made one from two bendy straws from around the house (lime green and pink) , and they're super cute! Thanks for the 'Ible!

ashaloo (author)crazydaizy2010-12-11

I've never tried bendy straws. Does the bendy part flatten out ok or does it look a little wonky?

CamillaLuvzMusic (author)ashaloo2010-12-18

I used bendy straws and I'm stuck on step 8 but if you cut the bendy part off its still long enough as far as I can see

beccawee (author)2010-08-12

This is SO cool & cheap to make! My daughter & her friends will love wearing these.

rockadio101 (author)beccawee2010-12-13

so does my sister

ashaloo (author)beccawee2010-08-14

Thanks!! My younger cousin is 10 and absolutely LOVES the ones I made for her!

piccolo1979 (author)2010-12-12

Love it! Took me about 5 minutes to make it, great Instructable!! :)

tqwerty (author)2010-12-12

i get messed up after step 7, can you explain it in more detail. i cant get the point

marken321 (author)2010-12-12

This is a great instructable, although step 8 where a little confusing, but i managed to complete it after some time.

ijibang (author)2010-12-12

thank you for sharing such a wonderful original creation.

hamed.bamdad (author)2010-12-12

Sweet Idea. Thanks :)

grooooovy (author)2010-08-24

Well, this is certainly creative!

ashaloo (author)grooooovy2010-12-11

Thanks!! I'd like to think all my projects are... But it's probably just me! ;)

cutecrammings (author)2010-08-11

Gorgeous!!! perfect present idea!!

ashaloo (author)cutecrammings2010-12-11

Thanks! I use them all the time for nice little 'thank you' gifts. They also work well for a re-purposed bow on a wrapped gift!

tesla94 (author)2010-08-11

Very cute.

ashaloo (author)tesla942010-12-11


evanroman (author)2010-10-03

did this, worked great! thanks a ton

ashaloo (author)evanroman2010-12-11

Glad you liked it!!!!

LiliWaters (author)2010-11-20

you're awesome! thks for this! now i finally have a small gift to give my cousin :)

ashaloo (author)LiliWaters2010-12-11

No prob!

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