Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas

Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas

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February 27, 2018

I observed my four-year-old play with his train and he cut up some pipe cleaners. I asked why. He said it's cargo so it's like he's delivering things on his train route. So cute to see toddlers come up ideas using their own imagination and it doesn't require "actual toys", but pipe cleaners!

A toy train with cargo of colored pipe cleaners.

February 18, 2016

This is a page about making pipe cleaner bracelets. This easy craft is perfect for the kids. Using pipe cleaners also keeps the cost of this jewelry craft down.

Pipe Cleaner Bracelets


April 27, 2016

This is a page about making a pipe cleaner cat. Here is another cute kid's craft using that trusty craft supply, the pipe cleaner or chenille stem.

Making a Pipe Cleaner Cat

December 14, 2015

This is a page about making pipe cleaner bunny finger puppets. These simple finger puppets are made out of just a few supplies, but are sure to give your kids hours of fun.

Pipe Cleaner Bunny Finger Puppets

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December 28, 2011

I bought some pipe cleaners and made a bow for my Christmas packages. I put all the packages into a mesh laundry bag, and then put this bow on the top. All the presents were wrapped, but I have to do this or the cats will tear off the wrapping paper.

Pipe cleaner bows on mesh bag of gifts.


August 29, 2017

Spider treats are always a hit for Halloween. Make some spider Tootsie Roll Pops for your favorite little monsters this Halloween.

Tootsie Roll spider.


December 17, 2004

When making poofy gift bows, use craft chenille-type "pipe cleaners" in the center of bow you are making (rather than string). It makes for easy attachment and removal later for recycling.


November 11, 2020

This is an easy and inexpensive way to create a retro tree topper that's also fun to make. All you need is a package of silver pipe cleaners and that's all there is to it. If you want to change up your colors from year to year, this is also a great way to coordinate your topper to match your tree.

Starburst Pipe Cleaner Tree Topper - closeup of the topper

December 17, 2019

Use pipe cleaners to make cute bows on their own or incorporate them into a more traditional bow by substituting the pipe cleaner for the ribbon tie in the center of the bow.

bunch of pipe cleaners

November 18, 2019

The young royals in your family will have fun wearing and perhaps helping to make these cute pipe cleaner crowns. Add a few craft jewels and their reign is set to begin.

How to Make A Pipe Cleaner Crown - crown on a child's head

September 22, 2019

An easy, fall craft for all ages that uses pipe cleaners. It is soft, fuzzy and very cute.

Pipe Cleaner Pumpkin Craft - individual pipe cleaner pumpkin

August 31, 2017

Long before there was a written numeral system, the abacus was used as a calculating tool. Make a simple one to help teach your young children counting and more advanced math. This is a page about how to make a pipe cleaner and bead abacus.

Kids Abacus for Learning - front with colored beads and number beads on pipe cleaners

August 25, 2017

Younger children enjoy playing and creating with pipe cleaners. This case helps keep their supply of pipe cleaners and smaller finished projects together. This page contains instructions for a DIY pipe cleaner "on the go" play case.

Pipe Cleaner Play Case - Down view of pipe cleaner art work in process.

March 15, 2017

This is a fun but relatively easy craft that even younger kids can make. This page shows you how to make beaded pipe cleaner bracelets.

How to Make Beaded Pipe Cleaner Bracelets

October 25, 2016

This is a page about making egg carton spiders. Reuse paper egg carton cups for the body of these cute spider decorations for Halloween.

Section of egg carton and pipe cleaner spider.

July 31, 2016

I found a stash of sparkly multi-colored pipecleaners, which the kids had tired of using for crafts. I made a pretty hanging sun catcher with them, and liked them so much that I made another one for my room. I did them in Christmas colors of red, green silver and gold.

Colored Pipecleaner Sun Catcher Craft


17 Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas

Here are the Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

June 5, 2012

How can I make animals from pipe cleaners?

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