If you are looking for a fun craft kids of all ages will enjoy, think pipe cleaners.  Once used to clean the grit out of tobacco pipes, pipe cleaners, also known as Chenille stems, are now a staple kids’ crafting supply.  Pipe cleaners are one of the simplest, mess-free craft supplies for kids’ fun.  So many things can be made from pipe cleaners!

Every well-stocked arts and craft closet should have an ample supply of inexpensive pipe cleaners in different colors, styles, and sizes. Types of Chenille stems include standard pipe cleaners, sparkly pipe cleaners, striped pipe cleaners, bumpy pipe cleaners, and super thick pipe cleaners.  These various types of pipe cleaners can be used to make many different crafts.

Where can you buy pipe cleaners for crafting?

You can purchase a good supply of different colored pipe cleaners at the dollar store, any craft store, at big-box stores, and even on Amazon

There’re so many crafts kids can make with these colorful, bendable, fuzzy sticks.  Pipe cleaners can bend and re-bend into almost any shape making them super versatile.  We have rounded up a collection of over 45 pipe cleaner crafts.  Some of the things to make with pipe cleaners are animals to flowers, to jewelry, to Christmas crafts, to finger puppet and silly characters; just to name a few.  The fun pipe cleaner craft ideas are endless.

Check out these easy-peasy kids’ crafts using pipe cleaners.  Then, set your kids free with a bundle of rainbow pipe cleaners for an afternoon of creative crafting entertainment.

Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids Video 

We were looking for some virtual crafts to do with our 4-Hers and came upon pipe cleaner crafts.  These are excellent crafts to do virtually since they are easy to make and good for kids of many ages.

YOUTUBE VIDEO AVAILABLE! The video below is a preview, to watch the whole video, click the link Pipe Cleaner Crafts to learn more about the pipe cleaner animals, butterflies and flowers we made.

The pipe cleaner crafts we made only require pipe cleaners, glue, google eyes, pom-poms and beads.  Search your craft supplies to see if you have what is needed.  The tutorials we used to make our pipe cleaner crafts are:

Keep looking through this page for many other pipe cleaner crafts for kids.

Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids - Bee, Crab, Fish, Pig, Turtle, Flower Ring, Butterfly Ring


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American Girl Doll Mug - Video

How to make a mug for an American Girl Doll or any 18" doll.

Awesome Pipe Cleaner Crafts

Learn how to make pipe cleaner animals, flowers, jewelry, and more! Happiness is Homemade

Barbie Purse - How to make a Barbie Purse

Learn how to make a simple, no-sew, inexpensive purse for a fashion doll with a binder clip and pipe cleaner found at the dollar store.

Beaded Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes Ornaments DIY

Check out these beaded snowflake ornaments! They are so pretty and easy to make with pipe cleaners and beads. Red Ted Art

Beautiful Chromatography Flowers Science Project

This STEAM project will teach how to make these beautiful chromatography flowers using coffee filters and markers. A fun art project AND a simple science experiment for kids that explores colors while making pretty craft flowers. 123 Homeschool 4 Me


Buzz around with these pipe cleaner bees. Blissful Domestication

Borax Crafts: Making Borax Crystal Flowers

This is a perfect science craft involving pipe cleaners and borax. In Our Spare Time

Butterfly Ring

These pipe cleaner butterfly ring projects are so pretty and they’re really easy to make. One Little Project

Crocodile Craft

Bring out your craft sticks and pipe cleaners to learn how to make craft stick crocodile craft today! Easy Peasy and Fun

Cute Kids Chicken Snack Bag

This cute chicken snack bag would be a great craft and take home treat for a birthday party. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Dancing Princesses

These adorable Dancing Princesses pipe cleaner craft are mess-free, great for imaginary play and make sweetest room decorations. Blue Bear Wood


Make these fun pipe cleaner bubble wands and blow some bubbles. The Bear & the Fox

DIY Shape Bubble Wands with Cookie Cutters

Click to learn to make these cute shaped bubble wands with pipe cleaners. Cookie cutters are used to create different shapes. Kids will have fun blowing bubbles with these homemade wands. Red Ted Art

DIY Snowballs with Pipe Cleaners

Make these faux snowballs from pipe cleaners. These can be used as a fun decoration in the winter. Put them in a pretty rustic bowl or set them on your mantle. The Country Chic Cottage

Easy Beaded Pipecleaner Heart Ornaments

These little beaded hearts are so sparkly and stunning. This is a quick and easy craft to make. Red Ted Art

Easy Ocean Craft for Kids: Make a Jellyfish + Octopus

Use paper plates and pipe cleaners to make these super cute jellyfish and octopus. The Growing Creatives

Easy Pipe Cleaner People (Elves)

These little pipe cleaner elves or pixies go wonderfully with another craft, cork mushrooms. Find both crafts through this link to Red Ted Art

Fall Craft – Easy Pom Pom Fall Tree

Learn to make a fall tree using pom poms and pipe cleaners. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Finding Dory Creative Gift Wrapping Tutorial

This pipe cleaner craft would be great for any Finding Dory fan! Tikkido

Finger Puppets

What toddlers don't like finger puppets? In less than 10 minutes you can create finger puppets for your little one. One Little Project

Flowers in a Pot

Bend pipe cleaners into flower shapes and add to a flower pot. Learn how with these free instructions. A Mother's Day gift idea. Think Crafts

Gift wrapping with tapes and pipe cleaners

Use pipe cleaners to decorate gifts instead of ribbons. These cute gift embellishments will be keepsakes! Vikalpah

Halloween Spooky Egg Carton Spiders

Time for Halloween crafts. Get kids involved with Halloween decorating by showing them how to make a simple, fun classic Halloween craft - creepy crawly egg carton spiders.

Homemade Ring Toss

This homemade ring toss game is safe to play indoors! It uses soft pipe cleaner rings. Moms Collab

How To Make Bunny Finger Puppets Kids Will Love

These fun bunny finger puppets will keep the kids entertained and are a no-mess craft. Family Focus Blog

How to Make Easy Felt Roses

Make some of these easy felt roses for Valentines or Mother's Day. Two Kids and a Coupon

How To Play Pictionary With Pipe Cleaners And No Board Game

Learn a creative way to play pictionary with pipe cleaners. Click to learn! Moms Collab

K-cup Craft – Apple Made From Reused K-cup

Make a fun apple from a used K-cup and pipe cleaners. This is a quick and easy craft. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Kid-Friendly Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees Craft

This easy and fun kid-friendly pipe cleaner Christmas trees craft is an easy and fun project to make together this holiday season! Two Kids and a Coupon

Lady Bug or Bee Project

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Magic Wand

Kids can create a magical fairy tale adventure with this free pipe cleaner magic wand tutorial. Free Kids Crafts

Make Your Own Crystal Hearts

These crystal hearts are a perfect craft for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. Made with borax and pipe cleaners, they can also teach a science lesson. Ottawa Mommy Club

Nehemiah Pipe Cleaner Glasses Craft

Kids can make a fun pair of pipe cleaner glasses with this craft tutorial. 123 Homeschool 4 Me


Make a fun butterfly from paper rolls and pipe cleaners. This craft can teach kids about nature. Ottawa Mommy Club

Pine Cone Spider

Create this adorable Pine Cone Spider craft using a pine cone, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and craft paint! Mom. Wife. Busy. Life.

Pipe Cleaner Animals

In this post, you will find 9 pipe cleaner animals to make: a pig, a fish, a crab, a mouse, a dinosaur, a dog, a stingray, a turtle, and a duck. Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Pipe Cleaner Bracelets

A simple, no mess pipe cleaner craft. Mouths of Mums

Pipe Cleaner Bracelets

Kids can make colorful bracelets from pipe cleaners by braiding them. Thrifty Fun

Pipe Cleaner Constellations

Teach the kids about constellations by making this fun pipe cleaner craft. This is a STEM craft kids will enjoy making. 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Pipe Cleaner Crown

In about 5 minutes create a crown for your little princess with these free instructions. Happily Ever Mom

Pipe Cleaner Superheroes

If you’ve got superhero fans, you will not want to miss this adorable kids’ craft! Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Pipecleaner Christmas Tree Ornaments

These cute Christmas Tree ornaments are in the shape of a tree and made with popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and beads. Click to learn how to make them. Red Ted Art

Rainbow Jellyfish Craft

These floating jellyfish will look adorable hanging from the playroom, nursery, or your child’s bedroom ceiling! Crafts by Amanda

Ring - Pipe Cleaner Flower Ring

These pipe cleaner flower rings are so pretty and so fun. No scissors. No glue. Just pipe cleaners! One Little Project


How to make an easy shamrock from a pipe cleaner. Catholic Icing

Skein of Yarn Halloween Costume

This super cute Halloween costume is made with pipe cleaners! Love this costume idea for all of us fiber artists. Dukes & Dutchesses

Snail Craft for Kids

This fun snail craft will help kids develop their fine motor skills. Made from Cheerios, pipe cleaners, and paper plates, this is a cute craft. The Growing Creatives


Learn about constellations and make a fun craft from pipe cleaners. These constellation models are out of this world. STEAM Powered Family

Stuffed Animal Collar and Leash

Learn how to make a ribbon collar and pipe cleaner leash for a stuffed animal.


These super cute circuit bugs are made from pipe cleaners and can teach kids how circuits work. Small lights for eyes bring these circuit bugs "alive". STEAM Powered Family

The Secret To Growing Crystals That Are Gorgeous and Huge

Use pipe cleaners to grow huge crystals! This tutorial will show you how and teach kids a science lesson. STEAM Powered Family

Wonky Dr. Seuss Inspired Wreath

This wonky Dr. Seuss inspired wreath is great for all fans of Dr. Seuss literature and artwork. This easy to make wreath can be customized to a favorite Dr. Seuss story. Ann's Entitled Life

Wood Bead and Pipe Cleaner Bunny

This Wood Bead and Pipe Cleaner Bunny super easy to make in less than 5 minutes! This makes cute spring decor and is a simple Easter craft is great for kids to make. We Three Shanes

Wooden Spoon Craft: Rudolph Spoon Puppet

Make a fun Rudolph spoon craft for the holidays. This cute craft is made from a wooden spoon and pipe cleaners, pom poms and ribbon. Ann's Entitled Life

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