How to Make Pipe Cleaner Flowers

No Green Thumb? No Problem!

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Maybe you have a backyard with grass and a vegetable garden, or maybe you maintain a mini plant haven on a fire escape or sunny windowsill. 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.

Crafting with pipe cleaners is great for children of all ages. If you’re a parent of small children, chances are that you already have a bunch in your home. Young children can better develop their fine motor skills by twisting and bending them, and older children can get creative with how they build and create with them. This craft is best suited for children ages seven through 10.

Gather Your Materials

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These flowers only require a few materials from your craft drawer:

  • Pipe cleaners: yellow, orange, green, and any other colors you might want your blooms to be
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small planter and a little bit of floral arrangement foam

Place Three Pipe Cleaners on Top of Each Other

Yellow pipe cleaners arranged in a star pattern
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To make pipe cleaner daffodils, use yellow, orange, and green pipe cleaners. This step is the base for making other types of flowers too, such as daisies and roses.

Start your flower by laying three yellow pipe cleaners on top of each other in a star pattern (an X, with one pipe cleaner in the middle).

Secure the Pipe Cleaners Together

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Bend the pipe cleaners around each other to secure them together. Make sure that you maintain the same star shape.

Spiral One of the Sides to the Center

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Pick a side of the pipe cleaner star, and start spiraling it into the center of the flower. Make sure to keep the spiral tight.

Repeat Spirals With All Sides

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Continue to spiral all pipe cleaners to the center of the flower. It’s okay if they overlap a little bit.

Attach Stem to Flower

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Use a green pipe cleaner to make a stem for your flower. Attach the stem to the flower by bending it over the center of the flower where the pipe cleaners are connected. Twist to secure.

If you want to make leaves, cut small pieces of green pipe cleaner, bend them in half, then twist the bottom together. Attach it to your stem by applying a small dot of hot glue to the leaf and then pressing it on.

Cut Pipe Cleaners for Center Part of Flower

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To make the middle piece of your daffodil, you will need a small piece of pipe cleaner. Use scissors to cut the orange pipe cleaner into a third of its length.

Coil Center Part of Flower

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Have you ever made a clay coil pot before? If you have, you will be applying the same technique to the pipe cleaner.

Start by making a small spiral (about the size of your pinky tip) with the pipe cleaner. Then start wrapping the pipe cleaner in a coil, building on top of the small spiral. It should look like a mini bowl or cup. The length of this coil should be about a half inch.

Attach Center to Flower

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Use a hot glue gun to secure the middle part to the flower base. Carefully add a dot of hot glue to the center (where the stem connects to the flower), and secure the orange coil.

It's recommended to have a parent/guardian supervise this step for kids under 12 years of age. Even the most seasoned crafters can still get burned.

Repeat Steps to Make a Bouquet

Three pipe cleaner daffodils
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Although one flower is nice, a bouquet will always look better. If you plan on displaying your flower in a pot, add some more to the bunch by repeating the previous steps.

Plant Pipe Cleaner Flowers

Pipe cleaner flowers arranged in a pot.
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Plant your pipe cleaner flowers into a small pot. You can use a terracotta one, but any small planter you have at home will work.

Place a small piece of floral arrangement foam into the bottom of the pot to help your new flowers stand upright. Arrange your new flowers, and experiment with these steps to make roses, daisies, and hyacinths: Use the coil step to make roses, and the spiral steps to make daisies.