Learn how to make pipe cleaner crafts – over 50 of them – with these fun and easy ideas! Grab your chenille stems and get started. You’re going to love this collection of animals, flowers, dress up, holiday, decor, and more.
Skills Required: None. A few of these projects have more steps that others, but all of them are easily attainable for any age. There are a wide range of ideas from toddler to teen.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never thought that much about pipe cleaners. I didn’t use them to craft when I was little that I remember, and now that I reflect . . . I’m thinking I missed out.
Do you see ALL of the awesome things you can do with chenille stems? Okay, maybe you don’t see it yet, but you will . . . because I’ve collected over 50 ideas for you. Use them for simple summer crafts to keep kids busy, or any other time they are bored!
Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids
Before we get started, I wanted to share a few frequently asked questions with you. If you’re ready to see the projects, just scroll down past this part. Otherwise, here are the common FAQs about these chenille stem projects.
What crafts can you make with pipe cleaners?
Mostly kids crafts, although there are some things here that I would make. You will find dolls, flowers, animals, holiday, back to school, party favors, jewelry, games, and more. It’s shocking, really!
What are craft pipe cleaners called?
You can find them by calling them pipe cleaners, but they are also known as chenille stems.
What can you make with two pipe cleaners?
You can make quite a few pipe cleaner crafts with only two! You’ll see them in this list. In fact, there are some projects that use only one. Genius, I know.
How do you make easy animals out of pipe cleaners?
Animals are so so fun to make! Did I try a few, absolutely. In this post you’ll find a monkey, flamingoes, alligators, llamas, and more. Once you get started with animals you’ll want to start trying your own creations.
Can craft pipe cleaners be washed?
Kind of. Don’t throw them into the washing machine. You can kind of hand wash them but be careful. Use mild soap and warm water and let dry.
What are the best pipe cleaners?
You can get them at Michaels or WalMart in a pinch, but I like this set from Caydo. The colors are amazing and the price is right.
Are you ready to jump into the pipe cleaner crafts? Check out the list below!
Who knew there were so many things to do with chenille stems? You're going to love these 50+ pipe cleaner crafts - fun for both kids and adults!
These heart rings are SO EASY to make and are perfect for Valentine’s Day. All you need is one pipe cleaner (or two pipe cleaners if you want to make a double heart ring). You can make a pipe cleaner ring in about 5 minutes!
Bring out your craft sticks and pipe cleaners to make these clever crocodiles. These little fellows look super fun, and what’s even better is that once your kids make them, they will be able to play with them.
Ever try your hand at growing crystals . . . on pipe cleaners? Here's a super easy way to grow your own crystals overnight. All you need are Borax, pipe cleaners, and some hot water to create your own sparkly sculptures!
This pipe cleaner tree was made for a train set, and I'm a big fan of the combination of colors and the glitter! Grab metallic chenille stems, or white . . . make Christmas trees in any shade you like.
April showers bring May flowers! If you’re looking for a quick way to add a pop of color to your home for spring and summer, this floral wall hanging is made from felt and pipe cleaners. It comes together in almost no time.
Bubbles are great fun for kids of all ages! You can make mini wands with perler beads and pipe cleaners - and yes, you can get them wet. Watch how much fun children have with these - hours of entertainment.
While looking through a vintage craft book recently, Rachel found a fun idea that she really liked: making miniature sheep out of pipe cleaner and wool. She decided to give it a go, but instead invited some llamas to the party and added some fun color!
Calling all space lovers! Whether you enjoy stargazing on a clear summer night or are in planning mode for an upcoming solar system unit, this hands-on STEM activity will help your kids learn about constellations, stars, and the patterns stars form in the night sky.
Obviously pipe cleaners are long, and they bend . . . making them perfect for forming reptiles! These snakes are colorful and actually kind of cute. Have some fun with the faces if you make this project.
This homemade ring toss game is great for kids of all ages and it’s 100% safe for indoor play. Rather than using plastic or metal rings, this diy ring toss carnival game uses pipe cleaners for a super soft landing.
This pipe cleaner tic tac toe game is the perfect make once, play anywhere busy bag that is perfect for on the go! And now, you can even stash some in your purse and entertain your kids when the need arises!
There are so many different apple activities that you can do at home or in the classroom. These pipe cleaner and straw apples are simple to make and great for practicing fine motor skills like cutting and lacing.
These cute pipe cleaner snowflakes are perfect winter decor, and look great on the Christmas tree! To create larger or smaller snowflakes, simply adjust the proportions of the pipe cleaner pieces accordingly.
If you’ve got superhero fans in the house, you won't want to miss this adorable kids’ craft! Kids will have a blast creating their own jointed and posable superheroes out of very simple materials. You probably have most of the supplies on hand!