15 Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts That Your Kids Will Love

Louise Kerrigan

May 28, 2019

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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.

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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!

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15 Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts That Your Kids Will Love

#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. Needle Craft

pipe cleaner needle

Image: A Little Learning For Two

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. Find the instructions on A Little Learning For Two.

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#3. Easy Shamrock

pipe cleaner shamrock

Image: Catholicing.com

Make pipe cleaner shamrocks out of green pipe cleaners in a couple of easy steps, as Catholicing shows. You could also make four leaf clovers by making four leaves out of the pipe cleaner.

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#4. Pipe Cleaner Hair Band

hair band

Image: Creative Colorings and Crafts

Create this really simple hair band with 2 different colour pipe cleaners. You can easily add to this by adding different/more colours or embellishments. More ideas for pipe cleaner jewellery can be found on Creative Colorings and Crafts.

#5. 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.

#6. 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!

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#7. Finger Puppets

pipe cleaner finger puppets

image: Little Crafty Bugs

Create a finger puppet and then act out a story, with this cute idea from Little Crafty Bugs. 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!

#8. Loom Bands Pipe Cleaner Pom Poms

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.


Image: Make and Takes

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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.


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#11. Spoon Ants

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Image courtesy of Learn Play Imagine

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.


#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 Trees


Image: Play Trains

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.

#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.

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#15. Glowing Aliens

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Image: Learn Play Imagine

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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Have your say! Any other suggestions for easy pipe cleaner crafts that your child has enjoyed? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

15 Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts That Your Kids Will Love

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Published On: May 28th, 2019 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: March 30th, 2021 / Tags: , , , /

About the Author: Louise Kerrigan

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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.

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