Who knew you could turn straws into art? I didn’t, but this project proves it can be done. Make this gorgeous mirrored painted straw wall art to add to any room of your home.
All you need is some cardboard, straws, paint, glue, and a mirror to create a beautiful and functional piece of art. The best part? It is something you can make with all dollar store products!
Mirrored Painted Straw Wall Art
I’m always excited to discover a new way to use something ordinary. Straws are one of those items I have been experimenting with and had great success in transforming into crafts and art pieces.
For this project, I had seen many similar pieces in stores for upwards of $100. Since I love redecorating for seasons and switching up looks around my home, I knew I wasn’t going to invest that much in something that might only be on my wall for a few months.
The result was looking around for different ways to create my own. A bit of experimenting and suddenly I had a beautiful piece that was under $5 to create, and was much prettier than the ones I found in craft and decor stores.
What Straws are Best For This Project?
For this painted straw wall art, I used paper straws. They come in large packs on Amazon for low costs or simple small packs you can find at your local dollar store inexpensively. So, using a lot of them for this project wasn’t costly.
If you have plastic straws on hand already, feel free to use them for this project. However, if you are eco-friendly like I try to be, then paper straws are a better choice to make this mirror for your wall.
I love the idea of making this cute wall art and hanging above a shelf with my gold macaroni art picture frame. All the sparkles in one place! If you need more ideas for decorating, check out this huge list of DIY wall art ideas.
Where Do I Find a Mirror to Fit This?
You can buy mirrors at any craft store, but I found the cheapest option was grabbing one at the dollar store and removing the plastic backing. In fact, some have thin enough backing you can just glue them in place as they are.
Cover the base of the mirror with paint and/or straws and paint. This will hide any logos or unsavory colors easily and still give you a perfect result.
Note: Always be super careful when working with mirrors as they can break and cut your hands easily. I recommend wearing a pair of work gloves when attempting to remove any backing form the mirror. This provides an extra layer of protection that is worth the effort. If working with kids, you’ll want to manage this part on your own.
Here are more great decorative DIY mirror ideas for your home, but if you have an accident and break one, you’ll also love this list of ways to use broken mirrors. You might also find some fun ideas in this list of rustic bathroom decor ideas to fit your needs.
- Paper straws
- Gold spray paint
- Small round mirror
- Mini fake flowers
- Craft knife
- Craft glue
How to Make Painted Straw Wall Art
Begin by using your mirror to trace a circle onto cardboard.
You will then draw a second circle about 2″ wider around the first circle.
Cut out the middle of this circle leaving an open space.
Now, begin gluing your straws onto the outer circle ring layering them and cutting some shorter and leaving some whole.
Continue adding straws until you are satisfied with the number and design.
Now, you will spray paint the straws gold and set the project aside to dry.
I recommend taking them outside for this.
Once the straws are dry, you will then glue the mirror in place on the center covering the ends of the straws, and add miniature fake flowers around the outside of the mirror as shown.
Hang from the wall as a beautiful and functional mirror.
I am a huge fan of Dollar Tree Online for great pricing on craft supplies. In fact, I would generally tell you to pick up paper straws at your dollar store.
However, for this project when using so many, the better price actually comes in the bulk package of paper straws found on Amazon. Always watch the pricing, because cheaper isn’t always cheaper.
- Begin by using your mirror to trace a circle onto cardboard;
- Now, you will draw a second circle around that one, but 2" wider;
- Cut the middle circle out with a craft knife;
- Now, it is time to start gluing your straws in place;
- Add them at various lengths and places until you are happy with the amount and the starburst pattern created;
- Now, you will paint the straws gold - I recommend doing this outside;
- Allow your straws to dry completely before you glue the mirror onto the top along with a few mini fake flowers around the outside of the mirror;
- Hang on the wall for a sparkly decor piece.
You can paint this any color you prefer, or use all the same color straws for a more rustic look.