We will show you some easy pipe cleaner craft ideas which are ideal for children at pre-school age and are a lot of fun for the little ones.
Why pipe cleaners? Because they are easily obtainable and you will find them in almost any craft store or online and because they are a versatile craft material. In addition, you can twist them and use them for learning letters or numbers and kids can make different toys. Pipe cleaner crafts help children develop fine motor activities as well so have a look at the ideas below!
Table of Contents
- Easy pipe cleaner craft ideas – have lots of fun making letters, numbers, animals or toys
- Easy Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas – How to Make Cute Animals
- Easy Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas – DIY Bunny Finger Puppets
- Easy DIY Pipe Cleaner Lollipops
- DIY Pipe Cleaner Bubble Wands with Cookie Cutters
- DIY Pipe Cleaner Bird Pencil Topper
- DIY Pipe Cleaner Tic Tac Toe Game
- DIY Pipe Cleaner Fishing Game
- DIY Beaded Pipe Cleaner Flowers
- Easy Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Craft
- Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterflies
- How to Make Pipe Cleaner Bracelet
Easy pipe cleaner craft ideas – have lots of fun making letters, numbers, animals or toys
There are lots of easy pipe cleaner craft ideas and the huge popularity of this material is due to the fact that they are cheap and something even more important – safe for the kids. You can use them to make festive decorations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Halloween, you can use colorful pipe cleaners to make party crowns, angels, snowflakes, animals, dolls, etc. The only limit is your imagination!
Easy Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas – How to Make Cute Animals
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Small black beads
- Hot glue
- Large pom pom ball – for the pig
How to make a pipe cleaner turtle?
Coil a brown pipe cleaner into a circle. Bend the pipe cleaners so that the center of the circle is raised. Tuck in the end. Make the head, legs, and tail with segments of green pipe cleaners.
Glue the eyes to the head, and then glue the head to the underside of the shell. Then glue on the legs and tail.
Make a second brown coiled circle to be the bottom of the shell. Glue this to the turtle’s belly. Your turtle is complete!
How to make a pipe cleaner pig?
You will need a large Pom Pom ball, pink pipe cleaners and googly eyes.
Make the body by wrapping three pink pipe cleaners around a large Pom Pom ball.
Then coil pipe cleaners to make the head and snout. Use small pieces to make the ears. Glue the circle to the front of the body. Glue the ears to the top of the head.
Make four legs out of segments of pipe cleaners. Make a curly tail and insert it into the body. Put a small bit of a glue on each leg and on the tail before sticking them into the body. Glue on the eyes.
How to make a pipe cleaner mouse?
Make the body and tail from two coiled pipe cleaners. Make the head and glue it on the body of the mouse.
How to make a pipe cleaner crab?
Start making the crab by creating a round and flat body. Make the legs from straight pipe cleaner segments. Fold segments of pipe cleaner to make the claws.
Easy Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas – DIY Bunny Finger Puppets
- Pipe cleaners
- Small googly eyes
- Glue gun
Wrap a pipe cleaner around your child’s finger3-4 times, leaving half of the pipe cleaner unwrapped.
Use another pipe cleaner to make an M shape, forming two bunny ears and cut off the extra.
Stick the ears just inside the coiled body and secure with a dab of hot glue inside.
Hot glue a pom-pom ball in front of the ears for the head and attach the googly eyes and small puff ball nose.
Last glue on a small pom-pom for the tail.
Easy DIY Pipe Cleaner Lollipops
- Craft Pipe cleaners in different colors
- Glue gun
- Fancy satin ribbons
- Pencil for twisting pipe cleaner
Take two pipe cleaners in different shades or opposite colors.
Holding them together, twist in place to form a single pipe cleaner in alternating colors.
Twirl your pipe cleaner around a pencil to form the lollipop shape.
As you do you this, use a hot glue gun, and put little dabs of glue between each swirl to hold the shape together.
Once you seal your lollipop circle, put a dab of glue on the back of it to adhere the colored straw.
Add a ribbon for decoration.
DIY Pipe Cleaner Bubble Wands with Cookie Cutters
- pipe cleaners
- colorful beads
- small cookie cutters shapes
Start by wrapping the pipe cleaner around the cookie cutter. When you reach the end of the shape, wrap the remaining pipe cleaner section around the shape a few times to close it shut. Then the remaining excess of the pipe cleaner becomes the handle for your bubble wand.
Thread the bubble wand handle with colorful beads. When you reach the bottom of the pipe cleaner with your beads, fold the pipe cleaner end up to secure the beads in place.
DIY Pipe Cleaner Bird Pencil Topper
- One pencil
- Orange fluffy pipe cleaner
- A pair of googly eyes
- A pair of pink feathers
- A yellow foam triangle for the beak
Hold the pencil with the pointy side facing down.
Roll the pipe cleaner around the pencil in a tight grip.
Cut out a small triangle out of yellow foam for the beak. Using glue, stick in two feathers to form the crown.
Glue googly eyes and the foam triangle for its beak.
DIY Pipe Cleaner Tic Tac Toe Game
- Pipe Cleaners – Two long strips in green, orange and purple colors each
Make the Tic Tac Toe grid.
Cut the green pipe cleaners in half to make 4 pieces of equal length. Then place the pieces as a grid and twist them in place where they overlap.
Make the X’s and O’s
To make the O’s, simply cut each pipe cleaner into four equal parts and twist the ends to form an O. To make X’s, cut two pieces of the same length, then cross them over and twist.
DIY Pipe Cleaner Fishing Game
- Pipe cleaners
- Assorted Pompoms
- Craft Sticks
- Googly Eyes
- Satin Ribbon
- Sea Shells
- Assorted Sequins
- Craft glue or glue gun
Make the pipe cleaner fish
Take a pipe cleaner in any bright color, fold it in half, twist at the end to form the tail fin, then roll the other side around your thumb to form a circular hole.
Make as many fishes you want in different colors.
Push a pom-pom inside the circle and stick a large googly eye to make the fish eye.
To secure the pom-pom, you can add additional glue.
Make the Pipe cleaner octopus
For the Octopus, you’ll need 4 pipe cleaners, 2 each of the same color. Fold the pipe cleaners in half and then twist them all to form a ball with 8 legs. Bend the legs upwards and stick on two large googly eyes.
Make the Pipe cleaner starfish
Twist a pipe cleaner in a zig zag VV with 5 points and then join the ends and press or twist to keep them in place. Stick on two small googly eyes.
Make a fishing rod using a satin ribbon that is stuck onto a craft stick at one end and has a small circular magnet at the other end.
Arrange seashells, some decorative stones, sequins, buttons and pipe cleaner fish in a container and you are done!
DIY Beaded Pipe Cleaner Flowers
- 1 Green Pipe cleaner
- 5 Purple Pipe cleaners
- 1 Yellow Pipe cleaner
- Plastic pony beads
- White Glue or Hot Glue
- Straws, optional
Thread the pony beads onto the Petal pipe cleaners.
Twist together the ends of each pipe cleaner to make the petals. Make 5 teardrop-shaped petals.
Lay the end of one of the petals over the top of the long green pipe cleaner, leaving about 1.5 inches/4cm of green pipe cleaner empty at the end.
Twist the end of the petal around the green pipe cleaner to hold it in place. Place the second petal right next to the first petal and twist the end around the green pipe cleaner to hold it in place. Continue twisting the end of each petal around the green pipe cleaner until all five have been attached.
Cross the end of the green pipe cleaner over the longer end of the green pipe cleaner. Then twist the 1.5 inch/ 4 cm green pipe cleaner end around the stem. Continue twisting the pipe cleaner down the stem until the entire 1.5 inch/4 cm end has been twisted in.
Pinch the end of the yellow pipe cleaner and roll it into a tight spiral.
Add a little bit of glue to the middle of the flower and attach the yellow spiral to the middle of your flower.
The beaded pipe cleaner flowers are pretty heavy, so if you want to make a flower arrangement, you’ll need to insert the green pipe cleaner into a green drinking straw.
Easy Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Craft
- Paper plate
- Blue paint
- Pipe cleaners – one pipe cleaner for each color of the rainbow – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple.
- Cotton balls
- Yellow paper
- Black sharpie
- self-adhesive googly eyes
Paint your paper plate in your desired shade of blue and allow to fully dry.
Align your pipe cleaners in rainbow order and bend in shape to make a rainbow. Carefully place on plate and glue in place.
Glue cotton balls to the ends of the rainbow to act as clouds.
Cut out a yellow circle from your yellow paper. Glue on googly eyes and draw on a smile.
Add to paper plate and make sun marks if desired.
Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterflies
- 2 12-inch/30cm pipe cleaners
- 1 6-inch/15 cm pipe cleaner
- Pony beads
- White glue
Add about 40 pony beads to each of the 12 inch/30cm pipe cleaners, leaving about 1 inch/2,5cm empty at both ends.
Take the two ends of the beaded pipe cleaner and cross them slightly to form a circle. Twist the pipe cleaner ends and wrap them around the circle to make a full beaded circle shape.
Spread the beads apart at the top and bottom of the circle, leaving about 1/2 inch/1 cm of pipe cleaner exposed at the top and bottom.
Pinch the top and bottom of the circle together and twist two or three times to make an 8 shape.
Repeat the steps with the second beaded pipe cleaner so you have 2 eight shaped butterfly wings.
Add a generous amount of white glue to the top of the clothespin.
Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter on top of the glue and leave it to dry.
Open the end of the clothespin and slide in the butterfly wings.
Take that last 6 inch/15 cm pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Add one pony bead to one end, then curl it around in a spiral to make the butterfly’s antenna. Repeat on the other end of the pipe cleaner so you have two even, beaded ends to the antenna.
Slide the pipe cleaner into the end of the clothespin, and your butterfly is done!
How to Make Pipe Cleaner Bracelet
- Pipe cleaners
Thread beads onto a pipe cleaner.
Intertwine pipe cleaner ends together to make a bracelet. Fold the ends of the pipe cleaners in to avoid sharp ends.