Image of April making one of her stars at her artist in residence at Palette 22

April McGuire

Since I was 19 years old, I have been making stars out of drinking straws. The stars have 20 points, built on an icosahedron. A star typically takes 5 hours to make.  They can be made from assortments of colors and/or patterns, and sizes of straws.  And, they can be made for many different themes–holidays, special events, sports teams, company logos, etc.  Go to the Photo Gallery to view some of the stars that I have made.

I had the privilege to serve as an Artist-in-Residence at Palette 22, The Village at Shirlington, 4053 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206, from July 4, 2016 to January 16, 2017.  It was a remarkable experience.

Holiday stars that I have made include: New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Halloween, and Christmas. Stars can be made for most holidays.

Sports teams stars that I have made include: Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburg Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Tech Hokies, North Carolina Tar Heels, Maryland Terrapins, and Florida State Seminoles. Stars can be made for most sports teams.

My stars have made their way to California, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. And, a few of my stars went international, on a Scenic riverboat cruise in Europe.

Thanks to Arlington County Parks and Natural Resources, on September 10, 2016, I realized my ultimate dream, and challenge — to make a Super Star out of 20-inch straws, resulting in a diameter of 65 inches.  In comparison, stars made from standard-sized, 7 3/4-inch straws, result in a diameter of 25 inches.  The star is hanging at their building on 2700 S. Taylor Street in Arlington VA.  Go to the Photo Gallery to view the Super Star.