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Kids' craft designs: decorating with drinking straws

This item was made by Titouan, aged 5: it's the first stage in creating a personalized look for his bedroom ...


  • a wide-frame mirror (in wood or MDF)
  • drinking straws (special craft-type straws)
  • white glue (or if using the paper applique technique)
  • scissors
  • a glue brush.
Kids' mirror craft design

The different steps

Kids' craft design: step 1 Using the brush, apply glue to part of the outside edges of the mirror frame: set a straw in place, add another, cutting off the bit of straw that juts out and so on... Apply glue to the rest of the outside edges, stick on straws, then do the same to the edges of the mirror itself. kids' mirror craft design
Kids' craft design: step 2The area where the straws will be stuck has now been defined. In this area, you have to form big rectangles or squares, blending different combinations of colors in each area, it'll be even prettier like that! Apply glue to a smallish area, then position your straws on the frame.
Kids' craft design: step 3Continue like this, sticking on more straws bit by bit. Remember to place the straws vertically, horizontally and diagonally too (which gives me the opportunity to learn a new word that I really like!).
It can be a bit tricky for young children to cut the straws (these special craft straws are quite tough!) and this can take too much time and effort... In this case, it's better to cut the straws yourself and leave certain stages to them -  the pasting and straw-placing and most of all, the choice of straw color - the most creative bits, in other words!