Standing Straw Trees for Tu B’Shvat

Adorable trees stand up from the page!

The more you think you are making something unique, the more likely it is someone else has the same idea. While I was working on this with one kid, the other was basically creating the exact same project independently, but she was trying to use a rolled up tube of paper as a trunk. Even she had to admit that straws really worked better!

Looking for more Tu B’Shavt projects?
Toilet Paper Roll Trees for Tu B’Shvat
Mixed Media Trees for Tu B’Shvat

Lift-the-Flap Fruit Bowl for Tu B’Shvat
Foil Embossed Tree for Tu B’Shvat
Paper Forest for Tu B’Shvat

Standing Straw Trees for Tu B’Shvat

Active: 15 minutes
Drying: 15 minutes+ if using paint or glue

Age: 2-7

Construction Paper
Disposable straws
Extras to decorate your trees – pompoms, buttons, crumpled tissue paper

Cut down a disposable straw to your desired height. Snip a small slit on each of 4 sides of one end of the straw. (If your straw has lines on it, use those as a guide). Fold the snipped portion outwards and tape each “leg” down to a piece of paper.

Using construction paper, cut out a tree top. Decorate as you wish.

On the other end of the straw, snip 2 slits on opposite sides. Slide your tree top between the slits and secure with tape.

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Pipe Cleaners and Straws Menorah

Make a (not for lighting) menorah with simple materials!


My kids were talking about doing a Chanukah project and we were brainstorming ideas in the car on the way home from school. We tossed around all kinds of ideas and we came up with more than one viable ideas! Here is the first one, more to follow as Chanukah gets closer!

We started with the idea of poking pipe cleaner through a piece of paper and then making loops with the pipe cleaners to hold straws as candles. We got started, marking spots on paper to poke holes and once we inserted the pipe cleaners, we could see right away that they weren’t standing up very well. So we went to the recycle bin and pulled out a box of noodles and pasted a piece of cardboard behind the construction paper and it really helped the pipe cleaners stand up nicely.


Then, my younger daughter picked up the straws and slipped one right on to the pipe cleaner. It fit perfectly! So much better than what I planned! So it took a group effort, but we got some very cute menorahs in the end!


Looking for more Chanukah projects?
Menorah and Dreidel Snowflakes
“Light” a Paper Menorah
Nature Menorahs
“Spinning” Paper Dreidel
Decorate a Dreidel…with a Dreidel!

Pipe Cleaner and Straws Menorah

Active: 15-20 minutes

Age: 4-7

Construction paper
Thin cardboard (cereal box works great)
3 pipe cleaners
3 straight straws

Cut out a piece of cardboard and glue construction paper on top. Mark and poke 9 holes across the length of the paper. I used a utility knife but I always wish I had a compass to poke holes with.


Cut 2 pipe cleaners into 4 sections each, for a total of 8 sections. Cut the last pipe cleaner in half, to create a taller shamash. Do the same with the straws.

Poke the pipe cleaners through the holes you created. You can put the tall one at the end or in the center. Fold the end of the pipe cleaner underneath the cardboard to hold in in place.

Slip straws over the pipe cleaners. The pipe cleaner should stick out the top of the straw just a bit. Fold it over the edge of the straw to create a flame effect and help with balance.

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Waterproof Sukkah Decorations Round-up

Get an early jump on Sukkah decorations!

If your last week of summer involves lots of googling “fun things to do with kids,” then take a few minutes to check out some Sukkah decoration ideas! Your future self will thank you. I scoured the web for waterproof decorations, so you don’t end up with a pile of soggy chains decorating your sukkah floor.

Plastic Bottle Flowers

Straw Bunting
straw bunting
Straw and Bead Stars
bead stars
Straw and Bead Necklaces
Make long strings of these and hang as chains!
straw and bead necklace
Pool Noodle Garland
Melted Bead Suncatcher
Even though she says the beads did not ruin her baking tins, I would probably use disposable ones!
bead suncatcher
Plastic Dish Flowers
I would use disposable plastic plates and bowls in different colors. Punch a hole in the top and hang down the walls
plate art copy
Glue Pictures
glue pics
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