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Chenille Stems - Sizes, Styles, and Project Ideas

Chenille stems, also known as pipe cleaners or tinsel stems, are chenille-covered wires that are used to make a variety of crafts.  "Craft" pipe cleaners are usually made with polyester or nylon pile.  A pipe cleaner is made of two lengths of wire twisted together trapping short lengths of fiber (pile) between them. Chenille yarn is made the same way, which is why craft pipe cleaners are also called chenille stems. They can be embellished and bent and twisted into shapes to make posable figures, holiday decorations, and many other crafts.

Chenille Stems or Pipe Cleaners, styles and project ideas. | Discount Craft Supplies

Chenille Stem Styles and Colors

Chenille stems are usually in bulk packages of 10 to 250 and are 12 inches long. The standard diameter is 6 mm but this varies with other shapes of stems


Chenille Stems or Pipe Cleaners, styles and project ideas. | Discount Craft Supplies

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Craft ideas for Chenille Stems

  • Flower stems
  • Animals
  • Bracelets
  • Name boards for kids' rooms (letters)
  • Ornaments
  • Poseable figures
  • Embellishments on scrapbook pages

Projects Using Chenille Stems

Kids Crafts: Chenille Stems

Chenille Stem Flowers In A Pot

Tissue Paper Flowers 

Lucky Crepe Paper Shamrocks

Winter Wonderland Wreath 

Vintage Valentine Animal Garland

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees


 Vintage Valentine Animal Garland   Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees  


Check out the Think Crafts blog, to see more projects that use chenille stems!

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