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Posted on June 20, 2010 at 6:49 PM
So, today I'm going to show you how to make a cute flower ring out of pipe cleaners.  I saw this project {of course} on Martha and was like OMG!... {well, you know the rest!}
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When I tried it myself, I couldnt believe how easy it was.  It's definitely a project that anyone can do.  And a project you can do with your children. It's virtually fool-proof.
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Oh, and the best part... each ring, if you break it down, only cost pennies to make.  All I did was buy a pack of chenille pipe cleaners at Dollar Tree.
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All you need is...{drumroll please} 
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PIPE CLEANERS!
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Just grab 6 of any solid color that you want the petals to be. 
And one green one. {for the leaves.} As you can see, I chose pink... {my favorite color} If you choose to do a rainbow flower, that's fine too!  BE CREATIVE!
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Here's how you can sooooooo make this ring.

Step One:
First, take all the pipe cleaners {not the green one, we'll talk about that later}and twist them in the middle around about 2-3 times. So the end result is something like whiskers. {meow}
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Step Two:
Wrap them around whatever finger you will fit them onto.
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Step Three:
Twist again a few more times. Then remove finger.
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Step Four:
Holding the "ring" part, spread all the "stems" apart evenly so they begin to look like an asterick*
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Step Five:
Starting with whatever "stem" you want, start coiling
vertically to the center of the asterick.
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Step Six:
Continue doing this step until you have done all coils. 
{oh yeah,  this will ache your hands a bit... but you'll live}
Then move and position them around to make them more realistic looking.  While doing this, also place your thumb in the center of each petal, so they almost "cup" like petals would.  Sometimes this step takes a few minutes...
depending upon how OCD you are!

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Step Seven:
Grab the green pipe cleaner {see? told ya!}  And wrap the center of it around the base of the flower all the way around to the other side and twist {tightly}. 
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Step Eight:
Once they are in 10:00 and 2:00 position under your petals, begin wrapping them toward the base, just like you did with the petals.  Except this time, coil horizontally.
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Step Nine:
Pinch the leaves on the sides to create more of a "leaf" formation. Once they are done, position them as you wish.
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There you have it! 
...Soooo trendy!
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{Note:  On the Martha video tutorial, {and in the pic below} you'll notice that she put a metallic coil in the center. I chose not to do this because I just like the simple look better.}

{image via: Martha Stewart}

Project Cost:
Pipe Cleaners: $1.00/pk {Dollar Tree}

Project Total: $1.00
{and you can make many, many, many rings with that!}
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Other ideas include:
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Pen Toppers
Key Chains
Brooches
Magnets
Hat Pins

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Make adjustments on the base of the
flower accordingly if not making a ring.



Categories: kid's projects, fashion, martha, martha, martha

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