Kid’s Abstract Straw Art

As I’ve mentioned before, we occasionally have a stay-at-home day. We wear pajamas, make treats, watch movies, play games and usually do some kind of craft.

Last week, we decided to have such a day and made these lovely creations using watered-down paint and straws. I’m pretty sure I did this as a kid, but it’s been a while so we had to make it up as we went. My kids an I considered our efforts a success. Here’s what we did.

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Using plastic cups (because washing paint out of cups didn’t sound delightful to me), I put about 2t-ish (I really didn’t measure at all) of basic acrylic craft paint in the bottom of a cup.


Then I added 1/4 C water and mixed it really well with a skewer.


Now I pulled out enough straws for each of my kids to have one and one for each of the paints.

For the paint straws, I cut them right below the straw curve, and used the strait part for the paint.IMG_6472.

Doing the reverse for the kids’ straws, I cut the end of the strait part off so the straw was short, but they still had the curve. I suppose you don’t have to cut the straw shorter, but it makes it easier to blow through the straw if it’s a bit shorter. And it’s easier for kids to control their straw if it’s not so big.




This can be a messy project, so I laid out enough paper to protect our table and gave everyone a piece of card stock paper. We used card stock so the paper didn’t turn soggy.

While the straw was submersed in the paint, I sealed the other end with my finger, then lifted the straw out of the cup. This kept the paint in the bottom of the straw. When I was ready to add paint to the paper, I positioned the paint-filled straw over the paper and unplugged the top.


Then I let the kids blow the paint puddle to make fun designs.


That’s all there was to it. It was something different that  we usually do, but didn’t require a lot of skill, which is perfect for young children.



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One Response to “Kid’s Abstract Straw Art”

  1. March 31, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    So cool! Will try it!