Monday, December 15, 2008

Chenille Poinsettias

These have been on the list of crafts to make since October, and I'm just getting around to making them. Hey, at least it's still before Christmas! I found the idea in a Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine (2007), but there isn't much direction there. So I figured I'd post my directions here for anyone wanting to give these a try. They are super simple and require limited supplies. They would make a great classroom craft. I'll have to remember that!

For each flower, you will need:
4 red chenille bump stems (Hobby Lobby, Michael's, etc.)
20 small beads (natural or white work well)
thin wire (I used red)
Glue gun (optional)

1. Fold each end of a chenille stem to the center of the stem. Twist each end around the center to hold in place.

2. Do this to all four stems.

3. Pinch the chenille stems at the ends to form the points of the flower petals. Use your fingers to shape the petals.

4. Layer the pieces in pairs to form two "X" shapes. You can wire each set together to make for easier handling for the next step, if you choose. You could even use a dab of hot glue to hold the pairs together, if you aren't a fan of wire.

5. Place the two "X" shapes on top of each other and wire together, twisting the wire at the back of the flower. Twist a couple of times and then snip close to the back of the flower. Again, you could use hot glue instead of wire for this step.

6. Using your hot glue gun, place beads one at a time onto center of flower. You could use wire for this step if you want, it gets a little trickier to hold the wire and place the beads and twist.

Use as package toppers, ornaments, place setting markers, and even napkin rings. You could even attach a string of poinsettias together and make a garland. Heck, if you are feeling really festive, you can slap a barette on the back and wear them in your hair.

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