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How to Tie a Cherry Stem In a Knot with Your Tongue

Tying a cherry stem into a knot using only your teeth and tongue is a fun skill to have. And it's actually quite easy.


  • Step 1: Show stem to audience Demonstrate to your audience the cherry stem is not already in a knot before placing it in your mouth.
  • TIP: A maraschino cherry works better than a fresh one, because its stem has been soaked in liquid, making it easier to manipulate.
  • Step 2: Soften stem Soften the cherry stem with your saliva for a few seconds.
  • TIP: You may want to bend the stem a few times or gently chew it to further soften it before attempting to knot it.
  • Step 3: Push down middle of stem Push down on the middle of the stem with the tip of your tongue, so that it bends upward into a "U."
  • Step 4: Form an "X" Using the back of your front teeth as a stabilizer, cross one end of the stem over the other, forming an "X."
  • Step 5: Hold in place & push loop upwards Hold one end of the "X" in place with your teeth while pushing the loop upwards with your tongue towards the free end of the "X."
  • Step 6: Push free end through loop Push the free end of the "X" through the loop using the bottom edge of your available front tooth.
  • Step 7: Release end of stem Once the tip of the stem is through the loop, release the other end of the stem from your teeth.
  • Step 8: Position stem Now position the stem so that the loop is flat against your four front teeth and the tip that is through the loop is pointing out.
  • Step 9: Push end further through loop Push the end of the stem further through the loop until you can't push anymore.
  • TIP: If you can't get the knot very tight, use a little sleight of hand as you remove it from your mouth, holding one end with your teeth as you pull on the other end.
  • Step 10: Show it off Voila--you're done! Now put the knot in the palm of your hand and show it off!
  • FACT: After actress Sherilyn Fenn pretended to tie a cherry stem with her tongue on the TV show Twin Peaks, co-star Madchen Amick showed the cast and crew that she could actually do it!

You Will Need

  • Cherry stem
  • Tongue
  • Teeth
  • Extra stems (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional)

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