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Pipe-Cleaner Stocking Ornament

Photography: Howard Bjornson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2000





  • Double-sided tape

  • 6-inch red terry pipe cleaners (also known as chenille stems)

  • White pipe cleaners

  • Silver or red tinsel pipe cleaner

  • Hot glue gun

  • Beads or miniature ornaments


  1. Trace a stocking shape onto cardboard; cut out. Apply two strips of double-sided tape to the back to hold the pipe cleaners in place.

  2. Beginning about 5/8 inch from the top, wrap the form from cuff line to toe with 6-inch sticks of red terry chenille. It will take about a dozen sticks to cover the surface; tuck in the ends on the back side. For the cuff, work from the bottom up, wrapping form with standard white pipe cleaners; curl up the end of the last piece to make a loop. Wrap a silver or red tinsel pipe cleaner around bottom of cuff, and hot-glue at each end.

  3. Glue beads or other miniature ornaments to the top edge. Or construct miniature stocking stuffers by hand from paper (or use stickers), mount to cardboard, and hot-glue to back of stocking so they seem to peek out of the top.

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