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. Chenille stems come in a variety of colors and patterns, including neon, glitter (tinsel), or striped. Chenille stems usually come in bulk, from packages of 10 to 500.

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

Chenille Stem Sizes

  • 6"
  • 12"
  • 36"
  • Standard diameter is 6mm, but other varieties include bumpy, curly, and wide


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Craft ideas for Chenille Stems

  • Flower stems
  • Flowers
  • 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


Vintage Valentine Animal Garland


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

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