How to Make Dandelion Chains

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Is there anything more evocative of summer than a dandelion chain? Dandelion chains, like summer itself, are beautiful, quick to wilt and childlike. Make a few for yourself or teach a child.

Things You'll Need

  • Dandelion Diggers
  • X-Acto Knives
  • Pick dandelions with long, thick stems, one at a time.

  • Attach the dandelions to one another by tying the stem in a knot around the previous dandelion stem close to the flower. Double knots work best.

  • Tie the two ends of the chain together when you have reached the desired length.

  • Or make a short slit halfway down the stem of one dandelion.

  • Insert the stem end of a second dandelion into the slit and push it down through the first dandelion as far as it will go.

  • Make a slit halfway down the second dandelion and insert a third dandelion.

  • Continue until your chain is a little longer than you want it to be. Tie the last stem to the first dandelion near the flower.

  • Make necklaces, crowns and bracelets.

  • Expect the flowers to wilt quickly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have fun with the dandelions. Lay back in the grass and place a dandelion flower over each eye.
  • Blow dandelion seeds into the air and watch them scatter.
  • Incorporate the dandelion chains into games of make-believe with a child.
  • Dandelion leaves are edible; serve chilled in a salad or warm with a hot bacon dressing.

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