DIY Craft – Pipe Cleaner Roses

January 28, 2011

in DIY Crafts

This idea originated with The Pipe Cleaner Lady. Be sure to check out her site, she can do anything with pipe cleaners! She has been featured on Martha Stewart and the Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. The pictures in this post were taken by Sweet Jeanette.

I’d love to share with you a super-easy craft that is not only cute, but can be for so many different things… from a just-for-fun ring (the original idea) that you can make to give, or have “the girls” make them at a party. These make ultra cute napkin rings too.  After sharing with one person, she said she was going to put them on her tree this Christmas!

What makes this the perfect craft that packs-a-punch is that  the total cost of materials is less than $2.00 and you can make several for that two bucks!  All you need is a 99 cent package of Chenille Stems (a.k.a. “Pipe cleaners” !) That’s all!

You’re going to need 6 stems, Plus 1 green stem

just “eyeball” it to find the middle and bend it there. (Kind of looks likes whiskers, doesn’t it?)

Wrap it around your finger (to get the size loop you want) and slide it off your finger.

Now just fan the stems out (looks like spokes, huh?)

“Pinch” (for lack of a better word) the end of the stems, to form a tiny loop.

Start rolling the individual stems up to the center

See how they’re just rulled up.  If you imagine the stem as a “line”, and just roll up on that “line”, you will avoid twisting it or making the loops irregular.

Keep rolling until all the stems are rolled to the center.

Now take that lonely green Chenile stem and wrap it around the base (under all those loops)

Roll the two stems to the center just like you did the flower stems

You’ll want to pinch the tips of these green stems to make ’em look like leaves.

and “play” with the pink stems (flower) to make them look like a, well… flower!

Ta-Dah!   You’re done!

No glue…. No thread… No needle required!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Chin chin January 31, 2011 at 8:46 am

Thanks for this very simple, easy to follow visual tutorial. I really like it. Now, I have an additional flower craft in mind which can be used as a decor or even as a giveaway.


Heidi January 31, 2011 at 11:54 pm

You’re welcome 🙂


sweetjeanette February 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Hey Heidi and everyone…. I need to add to that craft demo, the originator of the design. Her name is Wendy and she’s known as the pipe cleaner lady. (neat title, eh?) You can find her blog here: (She even has a video!)


Heidi February 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

That is so neat 🙂 I’ll add it to the post as well.


Gina February 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Those are great! They’d make a cute barrette for little girls, too.


Bikram Miami May 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

This is really pretty and easy to do.


Heidi May 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

It is 🙂 You can use it for quite a few different things too.


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