This is Elise.
These are my version of geometric mobiles. I like geometric, monochromatic, modern, sleek whatevers, but I also really like earthy, folksy, whatevers. It's the burden I have to bare. When I began this project the only thing I wasn't crazy about was the texture. They still just looked like straws even after painting them. SO:
I wrapped them in textured, speckled yarn.
This is kind of a brain teaser of a project, so don't get discouraged. And if you figure it out right away, then you're smarter than me, so congrats. I used thread and a large needle, but a thicker string might work better. Begin by stringing three straws into a triangle. Make sure to leave thread on either side of the three straws as shown.
Next add two more straws to make a second triangle with a shared side. Now let's talk about the hypotenuse. HA! Wouldn't that be terrible? No, no geometry, but I will say you really have to experiment here. You might have to double back through straws and tie on more string and double back again, but don't give up! And remember, the yarn will cover any thread that you leave on the outside of the straws.
Once you have your pyramid you can add three more straws to the bottom to make a double pyramid! Or just leave it a pyramid. Or make a tiny one! Or anything you desire.
Finally, wrap your creations in yarn and tie off the ends! Leave one long piece that you can use to string up your lovely little mobile.
Hang and enjoy!