Update on the vintage chenille bears and a new giveaway


Do you remember the vintage chenille bears I shared last week? Several readers requested the instructions, and I’ve made them available below. And that’s the good news. The bad news is that I believe you can no longer purchase the same size chenille bumps used to make these bears. But perhaps you can substitute – more on that in a minute. And because I am sorry if I’ve disappointed anyone, I’m having a crafty giveaway this week, with ideas that aren’t 25 years old!

crafts made with chenille stems

Each of these Puffy Sticks has four chenille bumps.

This week, I did my research on chenille bumps. What’s a chenille bump? It’s a chenille stem with four – five sections that are super-fluffy. The fluffy portions are called chenille bumps. The length of the bump is key, because the bumps are what you use to cover the egg and ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam.

vintage chenille stem crafts

Here are my test balls – the red chenille bump covers a 1-1/2″ ball. The blue bump isn’t long enough to cover the 2″ ball. No way will these cover a 2-1/2″ ball!

The longest chenille bumps I could find were Puffy Sticks from Wal-Mart. I tried covering a couple of balls that I had handy. The red bump on the right covers a 1-1/2” ball perfectly; the blue bump on the left doesn’t quite cover the 2” ball. And the problem is that the chenille bears use 2-1/2” balls for their heads. So, today’s bumps aren’t big enough to make these bears.

chenille stem crafts using jumbo chenille

These fluffy Noodle Roonie Jumbo Craft Stems just might work.

Of course, you can use a smaller ball and egg, and you’ll be fine. Or, you can substitute and use jumbo chenille. I found  Noodle Roonie Jumbo Craft Stems online at JoAnn Stores, and I think they are fluffy enough to work. So, if you’d still like to make these cute little bears, go ahead. It will just take a little trial and error. Click here for the original instructions: How to make Bear Buddies

Now, here’s an opportunity for you to fall in love with a few more current, crafty ideas. I’m giving away this collection of four Halloween craft magazines. Some of these are from this year; the Family Fun magazine and Martha Stewart magazine are a year or two old (but still new enough that you can find the supplies!). There are lots of fun & creative ideas in these pages! For your chance to win, please tell me about the Halloween crafts you’re making this year. You have till midnight, October 4, to leave a comment. I’ll announce the winner on Friday, October 5.


how to win Halloween craft magazines

I’m giving away this four-pack of Halloween magazines!

Join me next week for

EEK – It’s Wiggle Eye Week!

Happy crafting!


Eek! Wiggle Eye Week

EEK! Here’s my wiggle eye incubator. Join me next week to see what’s hatched.


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21 Responses to Update on the vintage chenille bears and a new giveaway

  1. Talmage Dunn says:

    Thanks for having a cool giveaway! Please enter me!

  2. Denise Foor says:

    Love the Halloween wreaths you have been blogging about….so very cute.

  3. m-a says:

    Today, I went to Michael’s. It was the first time I put a foot in a Michael’s store. They are now in Quebec, Canada. I came back to my home with some ideas. I want to make a crow in polymer clay with wiggle eyes. I have to go to buy some pumkins to. Big and little ones, orange and green, and white…all kinds.
    I would love to win!

    Thank you, have a nice day!

  4. Connie Kline says:

    I just started learning to make decorated cupcakes so this year some special Halloween cupcakes are on the list!

  5. Birgit says:

    Yesterday I have already started with my Halloween crafts. I decorated a frame with wooden owls — the perfect way to display a Halloween card from a sweet blogging friend. 🙂 I will later post a photo of the frame on my blog. Moreover, I made three digital Halloween ATC — and I am sure they are more of them coming in the future. Finally, I have started to decorate an IKEA mirror with Halloween images. I will later post a photo of that project on my blog, too.

    Anyway, thanks for the chance to win these awesome magazines. For once, I am definitely crossing my fingers (and toes) since such magazines are hard to find around here.

    Happy crafting and happy haunting,

    PS: I am also thinking of making a wreath with vintage Halloween pictures.

  6. Denise Royal says:

    I am going to try making a few different kinds of pumpkins I have seen around. I really like the one that uses a dryer duct.

  7. Sar Tann says:

    I’ve already made some treat boxes. Some small ones that are 3×3. They have vintage motifs on the tops and trimmed with various ribbons. I also made a larger treat box that when open and filled, looks like a pumpkin patch. The inside lid has some vintage images, a graveyard, paper pumpkin patch behind a glittered gate,with more pumpkins in front and some moss covered trees. I think it came out well.
    My kids are making some Paper chains to put up over curtains in our house. I’ve made cup cake and horderves picks. Have to start making candies soon. Some paper doilies for a cake stand I have and also some paper decoration for the outside trim of it. I made a no sew witch with styrofoam for the base as I don’t sew well. Some chenille bumps ornaments that have cat and pumpkin faces cut from vintage motifs. I’ve cut a few funkins and have a few more to go once I figure out what I want on them. I still want to make a wreath and a few other things as well. I love Halloween and just wish it would last a little longer than a month. lololol Nice thing is some Halloween decor can transition into Thanksgiving. 🙂

    Thank you,
    Happy Halloween all. 🙂

  8. Becky Watts says:

    We are spray painting a grape vine wreath black and putting snakes on it!

  9. ColleenB. says:

    Thank you on this giveaway opportunity.
    Have been busy making Fall and Halloween wreaths

  10. michelle says:


  11. Violet says:

    I hope to make a wreath for the door and Halloween cards to mail out. Thanks for this opportunity to win.

  12. Lyn Smith says:

    I would love to win this pack of magazines. Love Halloween

  13. annehaun says:

    I remember the chenille bumps from years ago- yes I am dating myself. The magazines look like they would be so much fun!

  14. Patricia Engle says:

    My granddaughter and I have been decorating pumpkins with Peel & Stick Foam for right now so that they don’t rotten so early. Later we will cut them out. We have been making ghost with Stryo Foam balls and Black Cat’s. MY granddaughter is on 27 months old she likes to do whatever I am doing so whenever I make something I will always try to do when she is around. I want her to learn how to recycle and make something with it. Would really like to win these books to get some great ideals. Thank You Patricia Engle

  15. Sheila Burkett says:

    I’ve already made glowy jack-o-lanterns (glass jars, battery-operated votives, black paint, and orange tulle). Planning on doing some scarecrows. I would also like to get the pumpkin buckets and solar lights to create bigger and outdoor jack-o-lanterns

  16. Donna O'Neil says:

    I have never heard of chenille bumps. Anyways, this weekend I will be redoing my wiggle/googly eye garland. I figured that glue dots aren’t doing it. The backs of the eyeballs are too slick. I will also be working on some more BOO banners.

  17. barbara n says:

    I am planning on making a new Halloween theme wreath for our front door

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