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I've been making these since I was a kid too! But I can't beat LeeH88's 1962! I teach making them to my Cloverbuds ( jr. 4H students). We fold colored 'pipe cleaners' over the middle and twist to make a stem. Makes it easier to tie them to things. The trimming of the tips is great. Never saw that before.
Very Cool! Would love to do something like this. Is there any issue with the sun burning the camera's 'retina' in the daytime?