Straw Shapes
(with bendable or flexible straws)


To Connect Straws:

The small end goes into the large end.

Using your finger, press down the small end.

Pinch the sides together.
Gently push the small end into the large end (until the bend meets the other straw).  You can also cut a lengthwise slit through the small end of one straw, then squeeze the cut end and push it inside the large end of the second straw.



Tetrahedron (Pyramid) 12 straws

Connect 3 straws (total of 4 triangles).

Bend each straw to a 60-degree angle.
Connect the 1st and last straws.
Tape on each end of the sides keeping 3 triangles to each point 12 pieces of tape used.
Hexahedron (Cube) 24 straws

Connect 4 straws (total of 6 squares).

Bend each straw to a 90-degree angle.

Connect the 1st and last straws.

Tape on each end of the sides keeping 3 squares to each point 16 pieces of tape used.
Octahedron 24 straws

Connect 3 straws (total of 8 triangles).

Bend each straw to a 60-degree angle.

Connect the 1st and last straws.

Tape on each end of the sides keeping 4 triangles to each point 8 pieces of tape used.  You will have two of the shape pictured.

Tape the matching sides together.
Dodecahedron 60 straws

Connect 5 straws (total of 12 pentagons).

Bend each straw to a 72-degree angle.

Connect the 1st and last straws.

Icosahedron 60 straws

Connect 3 straws (total of 20 sets).

Bend each straw to a 60-degree angle.

Connect the 1st and last straws.

Tape on each end of the sides keeping 5 triangles to each point 10 pieces of tape used.  You will have two of the shape pictured.

On each of the sides, tape another triangle 10 pieces of tape used. You will have two of the shape pictured.
Interlace the two shapes and tape the matching sides 20 pieces of tape used.