Once used to clear the grit out of tobacco pipes, the fuzzy, colorful, bendy pipe cleaner has become ubiquitous in the craft world, particularly in kids’ crafting. They are especially friendly for beginning artists because pipe cleaners are pliable (and re-pliable) and often don’t require any glue to build with. Get started with a few of the fun and accessible ideas below, then set your kids free with a bundle of rainbow pipe cleaners for an afternoon of crafting.
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Pipe Cleaner Flowers
There's nothing like fresh-cut flowers to brighten a room, but the longevity of these faux blooms can't be beat. Take an artistic approach to synthetic flowers, and craft them out of colorful pipe cleaners. These potted bouquets look lovely on the kitchen window sill or welcoming guests on the patio.
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Foam Wing Dragons
These precious and posing figurines are just as fun to play with as they are to make. Just a couple of swirls of pipe cleaner and foam cutouts make the perfect fairy tale dragons. Attach a few to a re-configured wire hanger to create an easy mobile for an enchanted baby's room or hang them on the wall for colorful decor.
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Perfect for Halloween, young entomologists, or just craft time, these spindly, skinny spiders are made using just pipe cleaners and a few plastic beads. These make easy homemade centerpieces and decorations, especially during October.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
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A couple of swirls of a brightly colored pipe cleaner, and you have the perfect base for a cute little chick. Add a feathered tail and one googly eye to finish the craft. These are particularly ideal projects for beginning crafters because there's no hot glue needed.
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Styrofoam Base Sculpture
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.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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Bunnies and Carrots
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 an Easter Basket in the spring.
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Especially if you’re trying to keep little ones away from real sugary sweets, this quick craft could help satisfy that sweet tooth, or at least distract kids for a little while. Just twist a couple of colors of a pipe cleaner around themselves, curlicue them together, and glue onto a wooden craft stick or paper straw.
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Monsters Finger Puppets
Put on a mini puppet show full of color and creativity with a few pipe cleaners and pom-poms. Pop on a googly eye or three and add a few monster claws to complete these little monsters. Kids will feel encouraged to stage their very own plays thanks to these props.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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Help your little one get excited for school by elevating everyday supplies with some DIY touches. Pipe cleaner creatures can get twisted onto the top of any writing utensil. These little characters can bring a smile to your child's face and help ease the strain of homework time.
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Little ones can practice ordering their colors with the help of a square of floral foam and a set of colorful pipe cleaners. Glue on some cotton ball clouds to finish the craft. This makes a lovely decorative addition to a kids' bookcase or bedroom shelves, as well.
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Crown and Scepter
Amplify dress-up time with some easy homemade accessories. Kids can make jeweled crowns and royal scepters, using mostly just pipe cleaners. Glue a few lightweight faux jewels on the crowns and scepters for extra sparkle.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Upcycle old clothespins into chomping crocodiles with the help of this tutorial. Paint the clothespin in reptile green before adding paper teeth or bugging eyes. Use the finished product to hang kids’ artwork or encourage kids to help with laundry day.
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