15 Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts That Your Kids Will Love

Louise Kerrigan

May 28, 2022

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Pipe cleaners are one of the simplest craft supplies for kids’ fun. We love how they come in a variety of colours, are fairly inexpensive and totally versatile. Here are 15 easy pipe cleaner crafts that your kids will love.

Next time you are picking up art and craft supplies for the house, pick up a packet of pipe cleaners. There are lots of fun crafts you can do with them, here are some ideas to inspire you!

Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids

#1. Pipe Cleaner Flowers

pipe cleaner flowers

Image: One Little Project

Discover a wonderful garden array of flowers with a simple collection of colourful pipe cleaners and some creativity. Aren’t these daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths cute? You’ll find the instructions on One Little Project.

#2. Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Rings

Pipe cleaner butterfly rings for pipe cleaner crafts

Image: One Little Project

These pipe cleaner butterfly rings from One Little Project are so pretty and they’re really easy to make. Pipe cleaner crafts are so much fun, especially when you can make something really awesome in less than 5 minutes using nothing but 2 and a half pipe cleaners!

You don’t need any glue, and you don’t need any fancy supplies. Just pipe cleaners and a pair of scissors. This is such an awesome low mess craft for kids, and tweens, and teens, and adults… it’s pretty great for all ages!

#3. Rainbow Crown

Rainbow crown for easy pipe cleaner crafts

Image: Handmade Charlotte

Have you ever wished you could have rainbows by your side all day long? Make this DIY rainbow crown from Handmade Charlotte and you’ll be all set!

Perfect for a crafty afternoon, a dress up day, or for a fun St Patrick’s Day craft, these simple crowns add a fun pop of colour to any outfit.

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#4. Pipe Cleaner Bracelets

pipe cleaner bracelets

Image courtesy of Mouths of Mums

Next, you could make a really simple bracelet to go with the hairband. All you need are some pipe cleaners and beads. These would be perfect for a craft or jewellery party activity, and you can get the lowdown at Mouths of Mums.

#5. Magic Wand


Image: Free Kids Crafts

Let your kids be magicians or royalty with these cute pipe cleaner magic wands, with instructions on Free Kids Crafts. All you need is a wooden skewer and a few different coloured pipe cleaners and whoosh!

#6. Pipe Cleaner Jellyfish

Jellyfish for easy pipe cleaner crafts

Image: Crafts by Amanda

This adorable rainbow jellyfish craft from Crafts by Amanda is full of vibrant colours and very easy to make. Pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and Styrofoam balls are all that are needed to make these cute hanging sea creatures.

#7. Pipe Cleaner Pencil Toppers

pipe cleaner pencil toppers for easy pipe cleaner crafts

Image: Artsy Craftsy Mom

Add spunk, colour and loads of cuteness to your kids’ pencils. These pipe cleaner pencil toppers from Artsy Craftsy Mom are not only a fun craft to make, but also an absolutely adorable accessory.

#8. Loom Bands Pipe Cleaner Pom Poms


Image: Make and Takes

Still have all those loom bands lying around the house? This is a simple idea from Make and Takes that combines pipe cleaners and loom bands to make these really simple pom poms.

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#9. Pipe Cleaner Tiara


Image: Education.com

If your child is in need of sparkly crown/tiara, this pipe cleaner tiara is a fab idea from Education.com. Just grab a few sparkly pipe cleaners and twist to create a perfect royal crown.

#10. Icicle Ornaments


Image: Happy Hooligans

Pipe cleaners and beads are all that are needed for these sparkly and colorful icicle ornaments from Happy Hooligans. A lovely Christmas craft to hang on your tree.

#11. Pipe Cleaner Animals

pipe cleaner animals for easy pipe cleaner crafts

Image: Frugal Fun for Boys & Girls

Aren’t these adorable? Fun to make and they can be kept for future playtime.

Frugal Fun for Boys & Girls shows how to make nine different pipe cleaner animals – a pig, a fish, a crab, a mouse, a dinosaur, a dog, a sting ray, a turtle, and a duck

#12. Pipe Cleaner Beading

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Image: Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

This is so easy to whip up and such a fun activity for little hands and good for fine motor skills. Get some Styrofoam bases and place some coloured pipe cleaners into each. Then get the kids to thread them with the same coloured beads. More instructions on the Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas website.

#13. Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Cloud

Rainbow cloud for easy pipe cleaner crafts

Image: Preschool Inspirations

This preschool rainbow craft from Preschool Inspirations is a fun activity for spring, St. Patrick’s Day, or even learning about weather. Connecting the pipe cleaners together is also a great way for young children to develop their fine motor skills.

#14. Shamrock Crystals


Image: Housing a Forest

This is slightly trickier one for the older kids, but a wonderful craft and STEM activity from Housing a Forest that develops into a beautiful shiny sparkly decoration. You’ll need pipe cleaners and some Borax.

#15. Pink Flamingoes

flamingo craft for easy pipe cleaner crafts

Image: Artsy Craftsy Mom

Flamingoes are characterized by their bright pink feathers and elegant long legs – and you can make your own pet flamingo with this flamingo craft from Artsy Craftsy Mom.

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