Starburst Straw Lamp

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By Craft Celebrity Mark Montano, from the blog Mark Montano’s Big Ass Blog.

As I look up on my studio wall I notice my “Strawburst Lamp” and think to myself that I haven’t turned on this lamp in quite a while. All of a sudden it hits me that this lamp totally encompasses everything I love about being creative…about my creativity. It takes every day mundane things and turns them into something quite interesting. Even beautiful. I particularly enjoy the way this lamp looks when every other light in the house is off. I remember making this lamp for the first time and wondering after the first 20 minutes if it would ever make it into THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS. Now I’m so inspired to take this concept to the next level. What that will be I’m not sure. I guess we will all have to wait and see.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cheap deep-fryer (I got this one at a discount store for 99c)
  • 500 drinking straws
  • 1 plug in light fixture with a chandelier bulb sized socket

Here’s how:

Step 1: Bend your straw in half and poke it through the inside of the deep-fryer so that the bend in the straw wraps around a wire.

Step 2: Continue this process until your entire deep fryer is filled with straws and then bend the handle toward the inside.

Step 3: Attach your socket and bulb inside the handle so that it’s secure. The bulb should be big enough to be wedged inside the loop of the handle so that it doesn’t move and does not touch the straws.

Step 4: Hand this baby on a nail on the wall and plug it in. You’ve just made a deep-fryer and some drinking straws into something everyone will comment about when they enter your abode. Send me photos of how yours turns out. I would love to see how you make this project.



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6 thoughts on “Starburst Straw Lamp

  1. Grammie

    Sure is pretty! When I get this
    dumb cast off my wrist I may try it!!
    Looks like it would be fun…
    Thanks for showing how you did it!!


  2. Mary

    Very pretty. Would be perfect for a little girl’s room as a nightlight (if you used a smallish bulb).

    Is the heat from the bulb a concern with the plastic of the straws?

  3. Dawn

    I love this. I think I may make these for my wedding. I think if you hook two together you get a full ball and then I can hang them from the ceiling of the dance floor. I think these would be beautiful and who would know they were made out of straws. For a couple of bucks you get a great decoration for a wedding. Awesome!

  4. Alejandra Salinas

    Hello this is amazing! I really want to try it. Is there any problem with the bulb over heating and the straws melting?

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