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21 Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids and Adults

Chenille stem flowers are just one type of project you can make with this handy craft material.

By: Dana Byerwalter, Editor, FaveCrafts.com
Updated April 20, 2018
21 Incredible Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids and Adults

Pipe cleaner crafts are absolutely fantastic because they are so inexpensive and totally fun to play with. They're popular for kids crafts because they can help with fine motor skills in addition to being so much fun to play with, and they're great for adults because you can make surprisingly pretty projects with this fluffy craft supply.

Twist and shape your pipe cleaners into butterflies and flowers, use them to make antlers and unicorn horns, or simply add them as embellishments to other projects. There are a variety of excellent pipe cleaner ideas in this collection, including Christmas pipe cleaner crafts and Easter pipe cleaner crafts. These fun pipe cleaner crafts will help you come up with even more ideas for things to do with pipe cleaners. View the complete list below now.

Pipe Cleaner Crafts

Pipe Cleaner Butterflies

Turn pipe cleaners into butterflies! With the help of some pony beads, this darling project comes together so easily and kids will love it. You'll learn how to make dragonflies, too, with this helpful video.


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Pipe Cleaner Butterflies

DIY Mini Flower Pots

Spruce up plain peat pot planters with pipe cleaners! This is an adorable project to really bring that spring feeling into the home. This is also a great project to work on with the kids because you can help them shape the flowers and adhere them to the plant pot.

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DIY Mini Flower Pots

Buzzy Bees Kids Crafts

Turn plastic eggs into precious bees with this easy craft! This is a great one for the kids and they'll have new toys to play with when your project is done.

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Buzzy Bees Kids Crafts

Unicorn Easter Eggs

Speaking of plastic eggs, dress them up to make unicorns! Unicorns are magical and trendy right now, and with a few basic tweaks you can make these unicorn eggs with a surprise inside.

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Unicorn Easter Eggs

Coffee Filter Bouquet

Did you know that pipe cleaners make the PERFECT flower stems? With this video tutorial you'll learn how to make flowers out of coffee filters.

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Coffee Filter Bouquet

Adorable Printable Mother's Day Card

Use pipe cleaners in your next cardmaking project! Get the free pattern for this card to cut out from cardstock, then use your green chenille stems to make the stem and the leaves for the flower.

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Adorable Printable Mother's Day Card

DIY Valentines Day Wreath

Around Valentine's Day, you can make the loveliest wreath by embellishing your ordinary grapevine wreath with a bunch of pipe cleaner hearts! This is such a wonderful idea and can be used for other holidays too. Consider repurposing this idea with flowers for spring or snowflakes for winter. What would you make?

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DIY Valentines Day Wreath

Chenille Easter Bunny Stick

Love bunnies? This is such a cute craft to learn how to make pipe cleaner animals! This project is made almost entirely from pipe cleaners and is a really great project for working with kids on those fine motor skills.

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Chenille Easter Bunny Stick

Bunny Pudding Cup

Speaking of Easter bunnies, I adore this bunny pudding cup! This is a fantastic recycled craft and it's so easy to make. Keep the kids entertained with this fun project to make in the spring.

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Bunny Pudding Cup

Bunny Ears Headband

You can WEAR bunny ears, too, when you make a bunny ear headband out of pipe cleaners! The floral embellishments are a darling touch.

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Bunny Ears Headband

Pipe Cleaner Bunny Ears

For an alternative bunny ear option, give this tutorial a try! These cute bunny ears are great for kids to make, and the two layers of color really make the ears pop.

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Pipe Cleaner Bunny Ears

Rocket Candy Bags Patriotic Party Favors

These rocket bags are so cool. I love the idea of this project for the 4th of July or any other patriotic occasion! Make treat bags filled with delicious candy, and use silver pipe cleaners to add some movement and sparkle to these rockets.

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Rocket Candy Bags Patriotic Party Favors

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Bookmark this pattern for March. This leprechaun trap is embellished with green pipe cleaners and all sorts of sparkles to lure your leprechaun and set the trap! Watch the video tutorial and learn how to set up the trap to catch those sneaky little guys.

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How to Catch a Leprechaun

Yarn Halloween Pumpkin Decoration

Learn how to make an easy little pumpin out of yarn this fall and be sure to finish it off by making that pipe cleaner stem! 

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Yarn Halloween Pumpkin Decoration

Magical Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes

These pipe cleaner snowflakes are so magical! Learn the basics of making snowflakes and then add them to your tree. This is such a sweet project and it's easy for all ages! Best of all, you can use these snowflakes to decorate all winter.

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Magical Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes

Unicorn Ornament

Remember the unicorn Easter eggs you saw above? You can use the same principle to make these darling ornaments! They can be for Christmas or they can be used to decorate a tree any time of year. Unicorns aren't bound to a particular season!

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Unicorn Ornament

Goofy Rudolph Hair Bun

Another great way to use pipe cleaners for Christmas is by making this funny hair bun! Use standard brown pipe cleaners to make the antlers and entertain everyone during your various Christmas celebrations.

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Goofy Rudolph Hair Bun

Santa and Reindeer Wine Bottle Toppers

Speaking of making antlers, these wine bottle toppers are excellent for hostess gifts at Christmas parties! Add character to your wine bottle gift by making these wine toppers...complete with pipe cleaner antlers.

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Santa and Reindeer Wine Bottle Toppers

Snowman Family Recycled Craft Ornament

For another great ornament for the tree, make these darling snowmen! Use pony beads, pom poms, and other embellishments to make this sweet project. You can also turn them into keychains if you'd like.

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Snowman Family Recycled Craft Ornament

Paper Angel DIY Ornament

A gold pipe cleaner is an essential ingredient for this craft project! Make the angel's halo to complete this darling recycled craft. The more glitter, the better!

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Paper Angel DIY Ornament

Red and White Peppermint Chenille Tree

This is such an excellent use of pipe cleaners! Grab a cone form for your base and wrap the foam in pipe cleaners for an easy tabletop decoration during the holidays.

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Red and White Peppermint Chenille Tree

What is your favorite thing you've made with pipe cleaners?

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