Thursday, July 22, 2021

DIY Glittery Holiday Floral Stem

For me right now it's all about Christmas in July! I love working on holiday creations this time of year! Less stress and mess, lol! One of my favorite items to use in decor is floral stems. You see them everywhere, especially for the holidays! And usually quite pricey, too! You know there's nothing better than making your own! And you won't believe how simple they are to make!  So for this month's Creative Craft Hop, I'm sharing what I think is an impressive, easy way to create a beautiful floral stem using glittery sheer ribbon and chenille stems. 

Fabri-Tac fabric glue
Floral wire (24 gauge)
Skewer stick/scissors
Floral tape

Let's start by taking a chenille stem and folding it in half - pinching together in the middle. Then open the stem, curving each side into a petal shape. Next, dip the pointed end of a skewer stick into the fabric glue bottle to get a line of glue along the stick. Remove any excess glue and spread glue onto one side of the chenille stem.

Next, press the point of the chenille stem onto the center of the ribbon, shaping the stem into a petal .  .  . 

smoothing the wire down onto the ribbon. Then glue the other side just like the first, smoothing that side down with the ends of the chenille stem wire touching to form a 6"petal.

Once the glue is dry (a few minutes) cut petal out - cutting under the chenille stem.
Unroll about 8-10" of floral wire to cut off for the petal stem. Use nylon jaw pliers to straighten the wire. Then dip in fabric glue, removing excess glue. 
Press wire midway onto center of the back of the petal, smoothing out until secure on ribbon. Now make four more petals, as before, for a total of five large petals.
The smaller petals are made by folding and cutting the chenille stems in half (6") and placing them across the width of the ribbon for less ribbon waste. Create the smaller petals the same way as before.
You will need four petals of the 6" size.
The middle size petals (9") are made by cutting 3" off of the 12" chenille stems and created the same way as before.
You will need five petals of this middle size.
Crystal-like beads are used to make the stamen (center) by cutting five 14" strips of floral wire and folding in half to find the center.  Thread the beads on each of the floral wires to the center, twisting the wire in place.
Then group the beaded wires together along with one small petal, wrapping securely together using floral tape.
Add additional petals - one at a time, wrapping each one to the other using floral tape.
Continue adding petals and wrapping with floral tape .  .  .
until all four small petals are wrapped in floral tape and evenly spaced like a flower.
Next, begin adding the middle sized petals - one at a time - wrapping together with floral tape until .  .  .
all five of the middle sized petals are attached.
Then add the larger petals, one at a time and evenly spaced, until all five are wrapped. 
Continue wrapping all of the wires together until .  .  .
the stems are covered together in floral tape into one large stem.

Simple yet elegant!

Welcome to our monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop - Summer Edition!   I've teamed up with a talented group of creative bloggers to bring you lots of wonderful ideas and inspirations!  Our regular hosts are on hiatus for the summer and Sara @Birdz of a Feather volunteered to take over! Thanks so much, Sara! 

Be sure to have fun and get inspired by all of the wonderful creations offered this month by clicking on the links below!


  1. So pretty Gail and you made that look so easy! I didn't realize Fabri-Tac glue worked that fast, so good to know! I agree about Christmas in July for the less stress and mess. :) Happy to be hopping with you today. ♥

    1. Thanks, Mary! I love using Fabri-Tac for all my projects!

  2. Gail, this is just lovely! Pinned to my Christmas board! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. I've never done x-mas in July but you have a great point about starting now being way less stressful! I think your floral stem turned out more beautiful than anything I've seen in a store Gail! I have a bottle of that glue that's never been used - I think I need to crack it open to try this!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Sara! I hope your glue hasn't harden. It has a tendency to dry out after awhile. I really love using it

  4. Gail, again your flower~making skills are on display here. So pretty, especially with the crystal beads in the center. Great instructions, too.

    1. Thanks, Carol! I think I love making different kinds of flowers the best!

  5. Wow Gail, how do you think of this stuff, this is amazing and so pretty! Endless possibilities for floral creations by using different ribbons or fabric. Such a thorough tutorial too, thanks Gail, I absolutely love this!

    1. Thanks so much, Jenna! Yes, there are so many possibilities in making different kinds of floral stems! I keep thinking of new ways! Lol!

  6. You always amaze me with your talents. The flowers are so pretty. Thanks for sharing Gail.

  7. I love how you can make this your own style. Looks like something I buy at Hobby Lobby. Nice tutorial, saving this to make for myself several this Christmas.

    1. Thanks, Terrie! I used a big roll of ribbon I got at Costco a couple of years ago to make this. Now I can't wait to make some in purple ribbon - that is, if I can find a nice pattern that I like for my tree.

  8. You are so clever - wouldnt these be lovely all over a tree?

    1. Thanks, Patti! Yes they would be! I have some old poinsettia picks I usually put on my tree each year - but now it's time for an update!

  9. so pretty I must say! Thanks for sharing this Nice tutorial.


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