Easy Straw Weaving and Fresh Brewed Iced Tea!

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The sunny warm days of summer bring memories of fun kids crafts and fresh brewed iced tea.  With that in mind, I sat down this week and created an easy bracelet using the technique of straw weaving.  This a simple craft that will keep the kids entertained while you sit back and enjoy a cool glass of fresh brewed Bigelow Tea! The best of both worlds!

straw weaving craft for kids

See how pretty?

And would you believe that you only need some yarn and four straws?  Want to know how it is done?

straw weaving craft for kids

For this project I used:

Variegated Yarn (any yarn will work, but variegated will give you a cool striped look)
Four straws
Tape

straw weaving craft for kids

Begin by cutting the straws to the approximate length that you want your bracelet to be.  Cut four pieces of yarn that are at least 8 inches longer than each straw.

straw weaving craft for kids

Put each length of yarn through a straw.

straw weaving craft for kids

On one end, tape all four straws together as shown above, and then tie the four pieces of yarn on that end together.

straw weaving craft for kids

Tie the end of your yarn to the straw on the left, knotting it.

straw weaving craft for kids

Now we can begin to weave!  Take your yarn and weave over and under the straws.  Beginning at the pink straw, I wove the yarn under the blue, over the green, under the orange.  Then moving back toward the other direction- over the orange, under the green, over the blue, under the pink.  As you work the weave, push each row towards the top.

straw weaving craft for kids

See what I mean about the variegated yarn thing?  Multiple colors without having to change out the yarn!

Now time for a break.  Let’s mix up a batch of iced tea!

straw weaving craft for kids

Have you noticed the huge selection of flavored Bigelow Tea at Walmart?  I happened by it the other day and had to load up with some fun flavors.

straw weaving craft for kids

Tea isn’t just for cool weather, you know.  There is nothing better than fresh brewed iced tea in the summer.   Did you know that Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden?  Guests are invited to the Charleston Tea Plantation for weddings, tours and even a variety of music festivals. It’s a great way to experience historic Southern culture and a living piece of American history!

straw weaving craft for kids

To make a batch of tea, I simply boiled a small pan of water and then let three Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Black Tea Bags seep in it for about 20 minutes.

straw weaving craft for kids

Remove the tea bags and pour the mixture over ice.  Add a bit of sugar if you like and then enjoy!  Yumm!  We love the Cinnamon Stick tea hot or cold.  The cinnamon gives it a great additional kick.

straw weaving craft for kids

Now that we have a refreshing drink, let’s finish our project!  Continue weaving until you are nearly to the end of the straws.  Cut your yarn, and then tie it off to the nearest straw- knotting it.

straw weaving craft for kids

Remove the tape from the top end of the straws and carefully slide the straws out of the yarn weave.

straw weaving craft for kids

Tie the yarn ends together at the bottom of the weave.

straw weaving craft for kids

These pretty bracelets take no time to make and are a fun choice for friendship bracelets or just keeping the kids entertained on a warm sunny day!

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  • Val April 29, 2017, 11:50 pm

    Cool! I think I might do this with gift wrap rolls and jute or sisal, and make a cat scratch mat 🙂

  • Cindi November 15, 2015, 1:10 pm

    I love this, is it hard to tie to get on your arm? Or do you tie before. This is a post I’d saved awhile back and thought my grandson could do black, brown, blue or really whatever color he’d like. he would enjoy this. I can picture those wooden sticks you use for Chinese food also. Would make a tighter weave. Or just use two or three straws for stack bracelets. Thanks for the post.

  • Jet September 9, 2015, 11:22 am

    Hi, so smart to use straw for the weaving, years ago we used here in the netherlands wood sticks, i was so stuppid to give them to a friend.;-S
    but this is a good replacement i think.
    thank you for the sharing. I love weaving. I had once a room filling loom.
    it was a present of an old teacher when i got my degree of my art academy, where i had learned weaving on a loom and just weaving free.;-D

    • Susan Myers September 10, 2015, 9:15 pm

      Weaving is definitely fun! I will be looking into more ideas soon! Thank you so much for stopping by!

      suzy

  • Kristi June 30, 2015, 2:21 am

    Cute post! I love the bracelet. Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you’ll join us again.

  • Linda Kilsdonk June 21, 2015, 9:21 pm

    Your weaving looks so great and sounds like a fascinating quick project. I love the way the strip looks when it’s done, especially the stripes that come from using variegated yarn. Can you think of any other uses for these strips besides as bracelets? I want to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  • Darlene June 21, 2015, 8:16 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen straw weaving before. So cool. I’ll have to give it a try with my granddaughter. Thanks for sharing this nifty craft. Pinning. Have a great week. Best wishes, Darlene

  • JanetGoingCrazy June 19, 2015, 2:32 pm

    What a fun craft that even my boy would probably enjoy. I love a tall glass of iced tea at all times of the day! #client

  • Lynda June 18, 2015, 4:29 pm

    OMG!!!! Can we make these when we come up to see you???? Mom and I will have lots of yarn with us, he he

  • Diane Babcock June 17, 2015, 4:14 pm

    Cinnamon Stick is my absolute favorite Bigelow tea. I drink it nearly every day (hot, I’m not an iced tea drinker). Love your posts, keep the emails coming!

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