16 Creative Crafts You Can Make with Pipe Cleaners

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Pipe cleaner crafts offer a fun and versatile way to create a wide array of items, from playful finger puppets for kids to intricate flowers and dolls for adults. These crafts are affordable and widely available in various colors at dollar stores, department stores, and craft shops.

Whether you choose vibrant multicolored packs or single tones to suit your project, you’ll find that pipe cleaners are perfect for making everything from everyday crafts to festive holiday decorations to brighten your home.

1. Dancing Princesses

Paper napkin dancing princesses made from pipe cleaner
Image Credit: Blue Bear Wood

With these crafts, kids can use their imagination as they play and act out fun stories and dances with these pipe cleaner princesses. The body of the craft is made from pipe cleaners, and napkins are used to create the dresses.

Make this Craft: Dancing Princesses

2. Pom Pom and Pipe Cleaner Dolls

Pom pom and pipe cleaner dolls
Image Credit: The Craft Train

Here is another fun and creative craft kids can make and use for their own made-up puppet shows. These pom pom and pipe cleaner dolls are colorful and fun.

Make this Craft: Pom Pom and Pipe Cleaner Dolls

3. Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets

Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets
Image Credit: The Soccer Mom Blog

An easy and delightful craft, these cute pipe cleaner finger puppets can be made using just pipe cleaners. You can create a variety of puppet characters for kids to wrap around their fingers and enjoy interactive play.

Make this Craft: Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets

4. Rainbow Jellyfish

Rainbow Jellyfish Craft
Image Credit: Crafts by Amanda

Create adorable rainbow jellyfish using different colored pipe cleaners. This craft requires only a few additional simple supplies, making it an easy and fun project.

Make this Craft: Rainbow Jellyfish

5. Octopus Craft

Purple Pompom & Pipe Cleaner Octopus Craft
Image Credit: The Purple Pumpkin Blog

This pipe cleaner octopus craft is a perfect summer activity for kids. Using just pipe cleaners, glue, a pom pom, and googly eyes, it’s quick, easy, and enjoyable for children of all ages to make.

Make this Craft: Octopus Craft

6. 3D Pipe Cleaner Art

Pipe Cleaner Garden Art on Canvas
Image Credit: Make and Takes

Pipe cleaners can be used to craft a vibrant summer scene featuring a snail, a mushroom, and a bright yellow sun in the sky. This project invites further imagination, allowing you to enhance the picture with your own unique designs and details.

Make this Craft: 3D Pipe Cleaner Art

7. Toilet Paper Roll Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Toilet Paper Roll Pipe Cleaner Spiders
Image Credit: Simple Every Day Mom

These adorable, colorful spiders are crafted from just a few simple materials. The body is constructed using toilet paper rolls, with pipe cleaners forming the legs. Googly eyes add a charming touch, making these spiders especially appealing. This project is an excellent Halloween activity for kids to enjoy.

Make this Craft: Toilet Paper Roll Pipe Cleaner Spiders

8. Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft
Image Credit: Two Kids and A Coupon

Use green pipe cleaners to make a cute Christmas tree for the holidays. You can also use mini pom poms to add ornaments to the tree. Use the trees as part of your holiday decorations or as something special for the kids to make for Christmas.

Make this Craft: Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees

9. Magic Fairy Wands

Girl holding a magic fairy wand that is made from pipe cleaner
Image Credit: The Soccer Mom Blog

Here is a fun pipe cleaner craft that kids can make independently. All you need are pipe cleaners, paper, and glue to make these adorable magic fairy wands. They’ll love pretending they are fairies using their magical powers.

Make this Craft: Magic Fairy Wands

10. Pipe Cleaner Spider 

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Image Credit: Homeschool and Happiness

Kids interested in spiders can make this easy pipe cleaner spider craft throughout the year. You can also use it as a fun Halloween craft. The spider’s body is made with pipe cleaners and pom poms to make the head of the spider.

Make this Craft: Pipe Cleaner Spider

11. Pipe Cleaner Frogs

Pom Pom & Pipe Cleaner Green Frog Craft
Image Credit: The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Use green pipe cleaners and pom poms to craft this cute pipe cleaner frog. A pink or red pipe cleaner makes the frog’s tongue.

Make this Craft: Pipe Cleaner Frogs

12. Borax Crystal Pipe Cleaner Ornaments

Borax Crystals Ornament
Image Credit: The Craft Train

With pipe cleaners and borax, you can create different ornaments for any special occasion. The result is crystal ornaments that you can decorate with. Since you can create any design you want, you can use them for any holiday, special occasion, or as an accent to your decorative pieces.

Make this Craft: Borax Crystal Pipe Cleaner Ornaments

13. Pipe Cleaner Sloth

Chenille Stem Sloth Craft
Image Credit: STEAMsational

This cute sloth hanging from a branch is made with pipe cleaners. It’s a fun and educational craft for kids, and they will love creating their own colorful sloths.

Make this Craft: Pipe Cleaner Sloth

14. Bubble Wands

colorful bubble wand making station
Image Credit: Red Ted Art

You know those expensive bubble wands you can purchase at the store so that kids can blow different shapes of bubbles? Instead of spending all that money on the wands, make your own at home with pipe cleaners.

Make this Craft: Bubble Wands

15. Snowdrops

pipe cleaner snowdrops spring flower
Image Credit: Blue Bear Wood

With just a few pipe cleaners, you can create yellow and white snowdrop flowers for spring. The flowers can then be based on Styrofoam or bottle caps.

Make this Craft: Snowdrops

16. Beaded Pipe Cleaner Bracelets

Bead & Button Pipe Cleaner Bracelets
Image Credit: Glitter on A Dime

Let the kids create their own pipe cleaner bracelets. They can decorate them with various beads and buttons to make their own unique jewelry.

Make this Craft: Beaded Pipe Cleaner Bracelets

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