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Tutorial: Chenille Stem Daffodils

March ends this weekend... and before it's all over,
I wanted to share ONE LAST DAFFODIL PROJECT with you!

About six years ago, I unearthed a bag of vintage yellow chenille stems at a thrift store.
They were the 'wavy' kind - like these (available HERE):

You know that the first thing I thought of when I saw them was daffodils, right?!
As I was playing with them, making daffodils, I came up with an improvement...
the center section became A CROWN.
... and VOILA! 'DIVAdils' were born!

I still have those same Divadils that I made all those years ago
and thought I'd share a quick tutorial for making them...
Please note that these do use PINS, so they are NOT a kid craft project
and are definitely not for kids to play with.

Whatcha' NEED:
'wavy' chenille stems or rope in yellow or white 
regular chenille stem in green + length of baling wire for stem
yellow or white paper . scissors . glue stick to make the paper crown
yellow or white pompom . 2 regular pins . 3 floral pins with pearl ends

Whatcha' DO:
1. starting at one end of chenille stem or rope, fold two 'wavy' sections together - 
and pinch the skinny section in the middle to make one petal. 
then wrap the end to the next skinny section to secure the petal in place.

2. move down the chenille stem and repeat -
 then wrap the next skinny section once around the petal base to secure it.

3. repeat petal process until you have 3 petals (using a chenille stem) or 6 petals (if using chenille rope).
if you have 3 petals, repeat and create another set of three.

4. if you have two sets of three petals, wrap the two remaining end sections together to attach.
with either method, leave an end section to attach the green stem to...

 5. take the green straight chenille stem and wrap it around the baling wire piece to cover it.
create a small hook at the top of the wire, and slip the remaining end section of wavy chenille through it
on the back side of the flower.

6. wrap the wavy chenille around the top 1/2 inch of the green stem to secure it.

 7. place the pom pom in the center of the front of the flower.
hold it in place using the three flower pins with pearl heads - 
stick them through the pom pom and into the chenille flower petals.
you can use hot glue if you want.

 8. cut a strip of paper @ 1" wide and 4" long.
on one side, cut out a crown shaped edge - basically really long, pointy triangles!
then use a pen or pencil to curl the edges of the points outward.
roll the paper into a tube with the points curling outward.
use a glue stick to secure it into a tube.

 9. slip the paper crown over the floral pins and pom pom.

 10. push the two regular pins into the crown (one on each side),
running them through the pom pom to secure the crown to the flower.

11. bend the tips of the petals into various curved shapes - some forward, some back. 
or close them in on themselves for a daffodil 'bud', as shown below...

I also used the same method to create 
these holiday poinsettias from green vintage chenille stems!
[ the centers of these are metallic plastic mini ornaments ]

shared online:

One Project Closer | Creativity Unleashed

Cupcakes & Crinoline | Project Inspire{d}


  1. Well, aren't you clever, Debby? Those are absolutely adorable! I love them. xo Diana