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Upcycle: Straw into bling {drinking straw earrings}

A while back a put together a roundup of 20+ ideas for refabbing drinking straws. Since then, I've been on the lookout for the perfect straws ... because I wanted to make these earrings. But the straws had to, er, you know, "speak to me". Last week I spotted exactly the right thing, in my colleague's cubicle. Lucky for me, Cindy understands my slightly odd ways and was willing to hand over a couple of straws (with only the slightest eye roll). So here's a quick guide to making these super-simple earrings.  

1. Your list of components is very short. Depending on how big you want the earrings, one straw should make two. You need a large safety pin to make good-sized holrd. The only other thing you need that's not pictured is glue.

2. Using craft scissors, I cut four 1.5" pieces of straw. I glued two pieces together then worked on attaching the hardware before completing the gluing.

3. To attach the hook, slide the pin through the straw piece. Top center as pictured.

4. Open the hook, slip it through and close it again. Then glue the other three pieces to the top.  That's it.

Enjoy! If you make a pair, I'd love to see them!