Pipe cleaners are ideal when you’re looking for materials for crafts for kids, and we’ve put together a collection of fabulously fun and creative ideas which will enhance imaginative play for kids of all ages. They can make pencil toppers, bookmarks, and (not so) scary spiders for Halloween, or even make their very own pet monkey to cling to their finger as they play.
Rainbow Jellyfish Pipe Cleaner Craft
These rainbow jellyfish are enough to brighten up any room and are perfect for making with the kids, because all they need are Styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners, and fun googly eyes.
Pipe Cleaner Crown
Whether it’s for a birthday girl or just to add to a dressing-up box, this pipe cleaner crown is super simple to make and can be completed with pretty pom pom ‘jewels’.
Rainbow Loom Pipe Cleaner Pom Poms
If you have a supply of loom bands lying around the house, you can turn them into these fun pom poms by simply threading them onto pipe cleaners and twisting the stem around.
Pipe Cleaner Beaded Snakes
Great for practicing fine motor skills, this activity is also a lot of fun as it allows kids to create their own pet snakes using pony beads, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.
Pipe Cleaner Ninjas
They’ll have hours of fun making and playing with these awesome ninjas! With posable limbs and customizable faces, all you need are pipe cleaners, straws, and beads, along with glue and scissors.
Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets
Are you looking for a mess-free craft for kids which will continue to amuse them after the ‘making’ part is over? If so, these super sweet finger puppets are exactly what you need.
Pipe Cleaner Tic Tac Toe
Lightweight, perfect for travelling, and with a long-lasting fun factor, this tic tac toe game is made using pipe cleaners and a magnetic sheet, and that’s seriously all you need!
Hedgehog Ring Toss
This hedgehog ring toss game is such a great idea for both indoor and outdoor play, and it can be customized in so many ways to make it look even cuter.
Pipe Cleaner Crystal Stars
Most of us have grown crystals at some point, but this tutorial will show kids how to grow their own crystal stars which are colorful and pretty, and look great hanging up.
Pipe Cleaner Pencil Topper
Writing is so much more fun when you have cute little toppers adorning the pencils. These fuzzy birds are easy to make and can be created in any color combo.
Pipe Cleaner Popsicles
Add props to their summer role-playing with some pipe cleaner popsicles, using craft sticks, glue, and colorful pipe cleaners – you can even embellish them using sprinkles or glitter.
Glow water on its own is a fun thing to make, but when you add it into this glowing alien craft for kids, it takes on an even more awesome appearance.
Pipe Cleaner Fine Motor Beading Game
Fine motor skills are an essential part of learning, and this kit is easy to put together using pipe cleaners and colored beads for threading, counting, and sorting activities.
Paper Napkin Dancing Princesses Pipe Cleaner Craft
Sometimes you need a non-messy craft activity, and this one is totally enchanting as it uses pipe cleaners and paper napkins to make beautiful dancing princesses without any glue or paint in sight.
Pipe Cleaner Spiders
Great for Halloween or just for kids who love critters, these sweet little spiders can be made from fuzzy black pipe cleaners and googly eyes, and look great lurking in dark corners!
Pipe Cleaner Glasses
Whether they want to unleash their inner Harry Potter or look extra funky on New Year’s Eve, these ‘glasses’ are easy to make and safe to wear, and can be customized, too.
Simple Snail Finger Puppet
This snail finger puppet will become their new best friend as it’s cute, cuddly, and can be custom-fitted to suit any finger – even better, you only need 4 items to make them.
Pipe Cleaner Cacti
Cacti are big news right now, and perfectly in keeping with the current tropical trend. Make as many as you like using green pipe cleaners and pom poms for the pretty flowering variety.
Pipe Cleaner Skeleton
Perfect as Halloween props or just for fun, these skeletons are easy to make and would look ace hanging in a window or gathered together on a windowsill in a spooky ghouls gathering.
Pipe Cleaner Trees
Brighten up a train set with a set of beautiful trees which can be made easily and quickly using pipe cleaners in various shades of green, and cones made out of card.
Pipe Cleaner Numbers
This is a great activity for little ones to not only improve fine motor skills, but also to recognize and copy numbers by forming the shapes out of bendy pipe cleaners.
Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets
Look at these absolutely adorable little Easter figures, aren’t they cute? Made from fuzzy pipe cleaners, pom poms, and googly eyes, kids could create an entire menagerie of funny little animals.
Pipe Cleaner Monkets
Once the kids start making these cute little monkeys, they won’t be able to stop because they’re just too cute. Dot them around the house to add a little monkey mayhem.
Encourage kids to read more and look after their books with these pretty little flower bookmarks, which they can make themselves and top with colorful buttons or other embellishments.
Even those who don’t like dandelions will love these homemade versions; with their soft and fluffy petals and green fuzzy stems they’re easy to make and they’ll brighten up any home, too.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pipe Cleaner Craft
Fans of the Very Hungry Caterpillar will LOVE making and playing with this incredibly sweet pipe cleaner version, which looks amazingly like the colorful and cute original by Eric Carle.
Rainbow Wall Hanging
Make sure there are always rainbows in your house by having the little ones make one or more of these beautiful rainbow wall hangings complete with fluffy cotton ball clouds.
Pipe Cleaner Bird Feeders
Toddlers can have fun AND help wildlife by using pipe cleaners to create a handy bird feeder; they can thread ‘O’ shaped cereal onto the cleaners and then hang them in the trees.
Pipe Cleaner Flowers
These flowers will bring instant cheer to anyone and any home and make great gifts that will last and last, whether they’re made in rainbow colors or a particular theme.
Pipe Cleaner Spider Craft
Who said spiders have to be black and scary? These fuzzy little arachnoids can be made in any color – orange is great for Halloween – and are great make-believe pets for little owners.
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