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Pretty Chenille Poinsettia Garland

Make your own poinsettias using chenille for a Victorian-inspired adaptation of the beloved flower. Bend and twist four stems together and then wire beads to the center. Craft and join multiples for a fabulous garland.

What You Need

  • Red chenille bump stems (four for each flower)
  • 8-millimeter natural round wooden beads (six for each flower)
  • Thin wire

How to Make It

Note: One blossom measures about 5 1/2 inches across.

  1. Fold each end of a chenille stem to the center of the stem; twist the ends around the center.
  2. Pinch the stem at the folds to form the petal points. Shape the stem between the points and the center to create a double-petal piece. Make a total of four double-petal pieces.
  3. Layer the double-petal pieces in pairs to form two "X" shapes.
  4. Wire the pairs together at the center.
  5. Attach six beads to the center of each with wire.
  6. Make additional poinsettias for a garland in the same manner, except slip one end of a chenille stem through a petal of the adjacent poinsettia before folding it to the center and twisting the end in place.
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