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7 Pipe Cleaner Crafts That Aren’t Just For Kids

Pipe cleaners have been a craft kit essential for decades. Millions of children across the world enjoy making cute stick figures and 3D structures, but these fluffy rods have a surprising amount of other uses. Check out our suggestions for some pipe cleaner activities that crafters of any age can get involved with.

7 Pipe Cleaner Crafts That Aren’t Just For Kids

1. Dainty peg butterflies

Clothes pegs are another household staple that often go overlooked when it comes to crafts. These adorable butterflies are so easy to make – simply bend a pipe cleaner into a wing outline, then hot glue it onto a peg. Add a couple of antennas, plus a few beads if you’re feeling adventurous! Don’t feel like you need to stop at butterflies, either – try your hand at a whole host of other insects, such as dragonflies, bees and even spiders.

2. Heart wreath

If you’re looking for a home decor project to get stuck into, a wreath is always a good place to start. Simple pipe cleaner shapes attached to a classic wreath base creates an impressive effect with little effort required. This pretty pink love heart wreath is perfect for a Valentine’s Day party, but the sky really is the limit with this craft. Get creative with all the colours and shapes you can think of to suit every occasion.

3. Animal ears headband

Bulk up your little one’s fancy dress box with a stash of fun headbands adorned with animal ears. From bunny ears decorated with pretty flowers like the ones from the Forever Flowerz Delightful Daisies Bumper Kit with Storage Box (509459) to menacing tiger ears complete with bold orange and black stripes, your children will be so excited to get into character.

4. Colourful dreamcatcher

The spider web design in the centre of a dreamcatcher is said to hold onto bad dreams so that you can get a peaceful, uninterrupted night’s sleep. Whether you believe in this power or not, they certainly look good hung above the bed. By winding yarn and pipe cleaners together into a hoop shape, then weaving more yarn in the centre to create an intricate pattern, you can easily form the basic structure of a dreamcatcher. Then, it's up to you to get creative! Add as many tassels, feathers and beads as you like to finish.

5. Mini animals

What could be cuter than a tiny, fuzzy animal? With some simple twists and the addition of a couple of googly eyes, you can whip up a whole zoo of pipe cleaner animals in no time at all. These friendly creatures make great toys for older kids to use during imaginative play, but they also look adorable on a shelf or even as a mascot in your car.

6. Jazzy pencil pot

Is your work-from-home desk in need of a makeover? Add a pop of colour with this fun pipe cleaner pencil pot. The woven structure is completely customisable – have fun playing around with the order of colours, or create a brand new weaving pattern to work with.

7. Pretty flower rings

Yes, that’s right, you can even create jewellery from your trusty pipe cleaner stash! The best part is, you don’t need any other supplies! These impressive floral rings can be made with just a few clever twists – no adhesive required. Check out the tutorial here to discover a whole garden’s worth of flower rings to try out.