15 Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts That Your Kids Will Love

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.

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#1. Pipe Cleaner Flowers

Discover a wonderful garden array of flowers with a simple collection of colourful pipe cleaners and some creativity. Pipecleanercraft have put together a few simple videos to give you step by step instructions on the various flower types, with endless possibilities.

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#2. Needle Craft

Turn your toddler into a mini tailor and create an adorable child-safe needle that you can use for pretend threading. Perfect for enhancing small motor skills.

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#3. Easy Four Leaf Clover

Show your preschooler how to make a four leaf using just two easy-peasy steps.


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#4. Pipe Cleaner Hair Band

Create this really simple hair band with 2 different colour pipe cleaners. You can easily add to this by adding different colours.

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#5. Pipe Cleaner Bracelet

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.


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#6. Magic Wand

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


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#7. Finger Puppet

Create a finger puppet and then act out a story, with this cute idea from littlecraftybugs. When the story’s over, unroll your finger puppet and create a different character for a new story! All you need is a pipe cleaner, some googly eyes and glue. Let their imaginations flow!


image via littlecraftybugs

#8. Loom Bands Pipe Cleaner Pom Poms

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


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#9. Pipe Cleaner Tiara

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


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#10. Icicle Ornaments

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


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#11. Spoon Ants

These ants from Learn Play Imagine have six legs and three body parts, and are simple to make. All you need is some black plastic spoons and pipe cleaners, some glue and googly eyes.

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#12. Pipe Cleaner Beading

This is so easy to whip up and such a great activity for little hands. Get some Styrofoam bases and place some coloured pipe cleaners into each. Then get the kids to thread them with the same coloured beads. Great for fine motor skills.

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#13. Pipe Cleaner Trees

Instead of spending money on buying accessories for your train set area – why not make them instead, using this craft from Play Trains? Get these simple green pipe cleaners, some scotch tape and some cardboard and make some trees. Perfect for train enthusiasts.


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#14. Shamrock Crystals

This is slightly trickier one for the older kids but a wonderful craft from housingaforest that develops into a beautiful shiny sparkly decoration.


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You will need:

  • Borax
  • boiling water
  • a wide mouth glass jar
  • green and white pipe cleaners
  • string
  • a pencil
  • food colouring

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#15. Glowing Aliens

This is a really cool way to make some funky alien crafts and take your pipe cleaner craft to a new level.

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You will need:

  • Neon Pipe Cleaners
  • Neon Plastic Cups
  • Neon Pom Poms
  • baby food jars filled with GLOW water and water beads.
  • Glow in the Dark Stars
  • Black Light
  • Hot Glue Gun

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Now over to you!  Let us know if you have created anything recently using the wonderfully versatile pipe cleaner!

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Louise Kerrigan is a busy mum of 2 boys and one of our Mykidstime content team. She's an avid foreign traveller, and does confess to devouring the odd bar of Toblerone.