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Pipe Cleaner Pals


Updated May 09, 2016
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Pipe Cleaner PalsTurn an everyday craft material into a jungle of fun when you make Pipe Cleaner Pals. These easy kids' crafts can be completed in minutes, but the results will provide endless fun. You no longer have to buy toys at the store because now you can make animal crafts that are just as good. Pipe cleaner crafts are inexpensive ways to have a blast, and since they cost pennies, you can make an entire farm full of your favorite animals. Twist, cut, and twirl to transform something ordinary into something extraordinary.

This fabulous tutorial is an excerpt from Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids


Pipe cleaners
Scissors or nail clipper
White craft glue


1. To make a basic head: Make a loop in the middle of a pipe cleaner. The size and shape of the loop determine the size and shape of the head. Wrap head from neck to nose.

2. To make a basic body: Coil pipe cleaner around a marker (the thicker the marker, the fatter the animal) and slide off.

To Make a Chameleon
1. Make basic head and body shapes, leaving tail extra long for curling. Slide body into place. Slip legs between coils and twist to secure.
2. Cut out felt eyes; Glue on. Bend legs at knees and feet. Cut a skinny pipe cleaner for tongue.
3. Draw pupils on eyes with a permanent marker. Slide tongue into face; curl end.

To Make a Tiger
1. Make basic head and body shapes. Slide body into place. Slip back legs over tail; Twist to secure. Slip front legs behind first coil and twist.
2. Slide ears through top of head, and reshape. Bend tip of tail.
3. Cut eyes and nose from felt; Glue on. Trim fur on face and ears with scissors. Add stripes with marker.

To Make a Squirrel
1. Make basic head shape, leaving a shorter length on the end of the head piece for a hook. Hook a piece of fluffy pipe cleaner onto it. Make a short body.
2. Slide body into place. Shape ears. Slip through top of head. Cut felt eyes; Glue on. Place legs over front and back coils, and Twist to secure.
3. Curl tail.

To Make a Monkey
1. Make basic head shape, leaving face loop unwrapped. Bend  tail up. Form a short body, and Slide into place. Slip long legs in front and back of the coils, and Twist to secure.
2. Twist ends of ears onto head. Curl tail. Cut a yellow piece for a banana.
3. Curl front paw around banana.

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Love, love, love, pipe cleaner animals! I have been known to put lengths of differently colored pipe cleaners in a ziplock bag, along with a pencil to wind pipe cleaners around for curls and springs. Our pipe cleaner kits keep kids busy for hours on the road, or at home, first creating and then playing with their creations.

These are super cute. Thanks so much for the idea!

These are adorable and were a huge hit with my kids!

They are sooooo cute!


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