Have any pipe cleaners lying around? Did you know there are a bunch of crafts you and your kids can enjoy with these fuzzy, colorful little wires?
Pipe cleaner crafts are great for any time of the year. They’re so easy to work with, plus you can bend and twist them to make any shape. From pipe cleaner animals to pipe cleaner crowns, these ideas are sure to keep you and your child’s attention.
All art boxes should be stocked with bright and colorful pipe cleaners. Here are the reasons why!
1. Pipe Cleaners Pencil Toppers by Paper Chase
Help your little ones get excited for school by elevating everyday supplies with some DIY touches. These awesome pencil toppers made from pipe cleaners are an easy and quick craft to do with the kids this summer holiday and they can really help ease the strain of homework time.
The awesome thing about this project is that you can totally customize the technique to make a cactus in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors! Put a pompom on top and you’ve got a colorful collection of cactus decorations!
Create these pretty eight-sided snowflake ornaments out of pipe cleaners. Use these lovely snowflakes to decorate your holiday tree or hang them around the house as winter decorations. Try making colorful snowflakes using bright-colored pipe cleaners or create sparkly ones with metallic pipe cleaners. You can also go for classic white snowflakes or use cool colors like white, blue, and purple.
4. Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Rings by One Little Project
These pipe cleaner butterfly rings are simple to make and they’re so pretty! This is such a fun and easy kids craft idea and a super fun summer craft. All you need are a few pipe cleaners and in less than 5 minutes you can make an awesome homemade ring. Mix up the colors and try new combinations. You can also make them using sparkly pipe cleaners.
5. Spider Pipe Cleaner Craft by Preschool Crafts for Kids
Perfect for Halloween, or just craft time, these spindly, skinny spiders are made using just pipe cleaners and a few plastic beads. These make great, easy homemade centerpieces or countertop decorations during October.
If you don’t have any real plants in your home or don’t really consider yourself to have a green thumb—try making these super cute pipe cleaner flowers. You can place them in a small planter on your desk or in your home, and let them bring you a little bit of joy and happiness.
Rainbows are sure to brighten up a room. If you are head over heels with rainbow then build a pipe cleaner rainbow that will allow your kids to review colors and practice their fine motor skills at the same time. This quiet time activity doesn’t use glue so kids can create their rainbow again and again.
8. Pipe Cleaner Bunny Ears by Inspiration Made Simple
These are super quick to whip together and the end result is absolutely adorable and kids will have fun playing bunny or putting on a little show with their new ears! Use a bit of face paint to create a bunny face and you have a quick and simple, yet super adorable Bunny Costume!
9. Pipe Cleaner Dragons by Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls
Here’s a simple dragon craft that kids will love – Pipe Cleaner Dragons! These posable figurines are just as fun to play with as they are to make and these little dragons are pretty sturdy (for pipe cleaners, of course). Attach a few to a re-configured wire hanger to create an easy mobile for an enchanted baby’s room.
These are not only great for Christmas card pictures, but would be fun for a holiday party, a winter program, or as dress-up items for your children. These pipe cleaner crowns could make a great addition to a princess party too – a handful of them is doable in less than an hour, for just a few dollars!
This chameleon fits comfortably into a pocket or pencil case, won’t make a peep during class, and is easy to take care of: It doesn’t need food or water, and it never gets fleas. This creature is made by forming the head out of one pipe cleaner, then slipping a coiled pipe cleaner over it to create the body. For features, you can use snippets of other pipe cleaners or of felt.
12. Pipe Cleaner Flamingo Craft by Artsy Craftsy Mom
Flamingos can probably be called the beauty queens among birds. That gorgeous pink color and those long elegant legs – so pretty! Make your own flamingo craft with pipe cleaners and add a feather for extra effect.
13. Pipe Cleaner Fuzzy Easter Eggs by Pajama Crafters
These warm and fuzzy easter eggs will get you excited for Easter! They would be super cute in a wreath, displayed in a basket, or filled with an Easter treat. You can make them in any color combination.
A quick and easy pipe cleaner chick or exotic bird craft idea, simply made by shaping a pipe cleaner into an ‘S’. Keep the colors traditional yellow and orange for a perfect Easter inspired chick. Use bright colored pipe cleaners and add a few extra feathers to create exotic peacocks or birds of paradise! This is a great craft for kids of all ages, but younger kids will require adult supervision.
15. Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Jellyfish by Crafts by Amanda
Need a fun project for a lazy afternoon? This adorable rainbow jellyfish craft is full of vibrant colors and very easy to make. Pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and Styrofoam balls are all that are needed to make these cute hanging sea creatures. These floating jellyfish will look adorable hanging from the playroom, nursery, or your child’s bedroom ceiling!
16. Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees by Blue Bear Wood
Just how adorable are these little pipe cleaner Christmas trees from Blue Bear Wood? Such a simple idea, but so impressive! You can either make a row of these for the mantle or string them as ornaments on the tree.
This handy tutorial utilizes a few clever pipe cleaner techniques (the tight spiral and the M-fold) to make an adorable set of rabbits and a cute bunch of carrots. Add these to a potted plant for a quick refresh, or to an Easter Basket in the spring.
These super easy pipe cleaner heart flowers are great for kids as young as preschool! Make these cutest pipe cleaner hearts for your loved one with 3 or 5 pipe cleaners. You can use regular or glittering pipe cleaners or a combination of both. You can also decorate them with leaves!
19. Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets by One Little Project
These easy pipe cleaner finger puppets take less than 10 minutes to make. Get your kids to choose the color combinations and bend the pipe cleaners while you can do the glue gunning. Or make these for your toddler and watch them play with delight as they try to get each little puppet on their fingers. These are a fun and easy weekend craft project to do with your kids.
Turn everyday craft materials — drinking straws, pipe cleaners, and beads — into these adorable bendy buddies. They are great for playing with and creating all sorts of acrobats. Just twist and bend and put them into position. One idea, so many possibilities. A perfect activity for Summer Camp or a rainy day afternoon!
Make a beautiful bouquet of flowers from pipe cleaners to give as a gift, decorate for Spring, or to use while playing. This flower bouquet is just perfect for Mother’s Day Gift. You can bind them together all on their own or place them in a flower pot o you can leave them separate in the pot for a fun arrangement. Either way, Mom will love them!
24. Pipe Cleaner Fishing Game by Artsy Craftsy Mom
Who needs a boat and slimy worms to go fishing, when you can do it with pipe cleaners? Colored chenille stems are used to make everything in this game, from fish to octopus to reefs and even the fishing rod!
25. Pipe Cleaner Flower Bookmark Craft by Fun Learning Life
They say the best gift you can give is a book, which makes the second best gift a bookmark! And when it’s handmade, even better! Fun Learning Life has an idea for pretty spring bookmarks, made with a Popsicle stick, buttons and of course, pipe cleaners!
While most of the pipe cleaner projects have been centered around younger children, both in difficulty and end product, this is on craft where kids and parents alike can really get excited. Using pipe cleaners as the lettering, this open style plaque is great for conveying simple messages and utilizing found materials.
28. Beaded Pipe Cleaner Dragonflies by One Little Project
These beaded pipe cleaner dragonflies are so awesome because you only need 3 things to make them – pipe cleaners, beads, and googly eyes. If you can’t find sparkly pipe cleaners, you can use regular fuzzy pipe cleaners too. They look just as great! It’s just that sparkly pipe cleaners sparkle just like real dragonflies.
29. Pipe Cleaner Sculpture by Ampersand Design Studio
Set kids up with a few basic supplies and let them create their own unique piece of three-dimensional art. A square styrofoam base works perfectly for plastic straws, pipe cleaners, and beads. The best part is, these pieces can be continually re-worked and manipulated!
This kids craft project is really simple, easy to make, and cheap. It is cute, it uses recycled cans and inexpensive pipe cleaners, and the end product looks great. Plus, these cute woven pipe cleaner cans help your children organize their things, which they are more likely to do since they helped make it. The only items you may need to buy are pipe cleaners, and you can find cheap pipe cleaners at any dollar store.
31. Pipe Cleaner and Bead Snake Craft by Artsy Craftsy Mom
This DIY pipe cleaner and bead snake craft is something that requires very little time, and the stringing process is a great motor skill activity for younger kids. They might need some help with the tongue, but once the snakes are made, there’s a lot you can do with them. Use them as bookmarks to mark your page, or twist them into bag charms or key chains.
Come Halloween, and you see pumpkins all around – in pies and on porches! Crafty Texas Girls tells us how we can make our own mini pumpkins out of just pipe cleaners. Of course, you can take it up a notch by adding shiny and colorful beads!
33. Pipe Cleaner Button Bracelets by Meaningful Mama
When it comes to making jewelry both boys and girls can really get behind this type of project. You can easily use a wide assortment of beads and this guide makes it easy to adapt the design and steps to fit the age group you may be working with. You can create this colorful bracelet in just a matter of minutes with very little mess!
Pipe cleaners can even be used to make cool toys like this dog. Use pipe cleaners of the proper color, eyes, and nose and shape them like a dog. With a few twists, you can turn a pipe cleaner into a toy poodle, pug or other special dogs.
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We hope you enjoy these pipe cleaner crafts. Try any of these fun crafts with your kids and have perfect family time!