Make a Drinking Straw Heart Hairpin

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Introduction: Make a Drinking Straw Heart Hairpin

About: I'm a cheap crafter with LOTS of ideas, but sometimes not the best execution. I like to concentrate on projects I can really get use out of. I generally LOVE anything geeky!

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!

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Step 1: What You'll Need:

You will need:

•2 plastic drinking straws
•a bobby pin
•scissors

Step 2: Flatten Your Straws

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

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!

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

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!

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...


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    78 Discussions

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    veherrera
    veherrera

    8 years ago on Step 3

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

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    mduvarsha
    mduvarsha

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    5STARGBLOOD
    5STARGBLOOD

    9 years ago on Step 6

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

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    spockck
    spockck

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    aww thats sweet

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    JessieT
    JessieT

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    xobabikizil
    xobabikizil

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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. =)

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    LaurelWashburn
    LaurelWashburn

    9 years ago on Step 6

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

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    ashaloo
    ashaloo

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    No problem!!! Glad it helped you out!

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    carpfluff
    carpfluff

    9 years ago on Step 6

    yay! easy christmas gifts!

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    ashaloo
    ashaloo

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

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

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    lydwatters
    lydwatters

    9 years ago on Step 4

    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

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    ashaloo
    ashaloo

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

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

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    mikedude524
    mikedude524

    9 years ago on Step 3

    What does the box inside say?

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    ashaloo
    ashaloo

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    apathyincarnate
    apathyincarnate

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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