Introduction: Straw Shrimp

Picture of Straw Shrimp

I'll show you how to make a shrimp out of a bending straw. Its very simple and takes less than five minutes to make it.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

you are going to need only three things:

* A bending straw
* Scissors
* A permanent marker

You also are going to need to know the parts of the straw, check the second image to do so.

* Every time it says UP we are talking about the external side of the straw, and the inner side everytime says DOWN.

* The reference point is always the bending of the straw. Its easyer if you work with the straw on the straight possition rather than with a bended one. Its up to you how to use it.

Step 2: Tail

Picture of Tail

we'll start making the tail because its easier. For this part de are going to use the shorter staw and we'll cut as shown un the image. Then we'll fold out the tail and fold again following the lines in orange on the picture. Don't use the marker on this step.

Step 3: Head

Picture of Head

This step is a little tricky but its really easy. Whithout using marker cut as shown on the image the larger part of the straw.

Use the marker to draw the shrimp eyes.

Step 4: Vend

Picture of Vend

At this point you can bend the straw, doit carefully, if you did right the previous step you don't want to ruin your work by pulling too hard. Also the head is a little sharppie now.

Step 5: Final Step

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You are done, you can use your shrimp to play in a glass of water or whatever.


Waldemar Sha (author)2017-02-11

Really nice. I'd like to see some other creatures like this.

xxlauraxx (author)2015-07-30

Such a fun and clever idea. Thank you for documenting it so clearly and sharing!

firefightermeyer (author)2015-06-18

Neat. How did you come up with this?

criztos (author)firefightermeyer2015-07-30

I actually don't know, I just had the straw on my bed table

featherwurm (author)2015-06-11

Very cute and clever, I made three since I liked the idea so much.

criztos (author)featherwurm2015-06-11

Thanks, its very kind of you. I just realized you can have a more realistic appearance if you cut the excess of the bending tube in diagonal to the tail, and also squeeze a little the shrimp by the sides to make it a little flat.

Hope you got fun doing your shrimps!!

marbetu (author)criztos2015-07-09

Hi, i dont understand what you mean by cutting hte excess of hte bending tube in diagonal to the tail. Have you got a photo or sketch by any chance. Dying to try it with my kid. :-)

featherwurm (author)featherwurm2015-06-14

I think I could flatten them a bit more, but either way, love it!

yivan made it! (author)2015-06-24

Need smaller scissors. hahah

jgibson12 made it! (author)2015-06-20

wow was actually harder than I thought... especially to get the feelers right.

criztos (author)jgibson122015-06-20

great job aniways . I told you it was tricky.

kracken42 (author)2015-06-16

A strange, and yet truly awesome instructable. Nice job on this one!

jgibson12 (author)kracken422015-06-20

I'm thinking the exact same thing

ccroft1 made it! (author)2015-06-13

love doing this! I'm going to leave them all around the office. I also started adding some legs to mine. :)

criztos (author)ccroft12015-06-14

Awesome work adding those legs

Flurra made it! (author)2015-06-13

So cute! I put mine in a little vial I had with some blue tinted water.

criztos (author)Flurra2015-06-13

WOW! This is a really good way to use it. Thanks for sharing

jdanials (author)criztos2015-06-13

these look like they'd make good fishing lures, actually. My first thought when I saw this was 'fishing tackle', and with styrofoam and a hook, I can see this working exceptionally well. Grwat work!

criztos (author)jdanials2015-06-14

Very clever indeed, if you make it I'd love to see the results

lgooms made it! (author)2015-06-12

These are so cool and easy to make. I squished mine a little like you suggested in the comments.

criztos (author)lgooms2015-06-13

Thanks, its good to know you liked it. And very good work too.

Sunglowart (author)2015-06-11

I assume in water it will float like a dead fish, is there a way to make it float IN water?

criztos (author)Sunglowart2015-06-11

I think you can add some weight inside the shrimp since it is just a tube. like a little metal ball or even adding some cupper wire simulating the feet of the srimp.

thunder_ir (author)2015-06-11

I think it is real
goooood work

Sunglowart (author)2015-06-11

Wow!! i couldn't have guessed it was made looks so much like a real shrimp.

spunk (author)2015-06-11

This is awesome! I'll have to search for orange straws asap!

It'll be an great prank to fool my godchildren ;)

(BTW: You should add your instructable to the unusual uses contest, I think it fits the criteria. Good Luck ;) )

CurtosNoirDesign (author)2015-06-11


eidylon (author)2015-06-11

Very cool! ?

ShakeTheFuture (author)2015-06-11

Nice one!

I can't think a use for it (for me), but it's cool.

LydiaT2 (author)2015-06-11

I like this!

wpredator (author)2015-06-10

This is neat ;)

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