5 Things to Do With Pipe Cleaners

Pipe cleaners? Wait, like those things little kids bend into animals?
Yes. Pipe cleaners.
It just so happens that I have a TON of them. Some vintage, but mostly leftover from teaching kids’ arts and crafts classes. There’s got to be some way to use these things up. Some way besides straight up kiddie crafts, hopefully. Could pipe cleaners be transformed into kitschy, fun crafts? Could pipe cleaners be transformed into something bordering chic?
Here’s what I found from around the internet. The results will shock you. Sort of.

Pipe Cleaner Creatures by Martha Stewart Living
Martha Stewart has some cute little creatures you could make, all with easy step by step photos.
Some even come with curious descriptions, such as “This squirrel likes to wave his tail around, which really cracks up the nut.” Ooookay. Martha also identifies a danger for us: the loss of sanity from working with pipe cleaners.

The Lollipop Guild

This is in no way a tutorial, but I simply have to post it. Full Of Bliss shows us that yes, it IS possible to make wonderful things out of pipe cleaners. The secret may lie in the very sparing use of said pipe cleaners.

Pipe cleaners make decent armature wire. Sometimes I use them in various plushies. Here’s a tutorial on how to make a needle felted replica of your own pet, using pipe cleaners and wait for it…
Needle Felted Pet Replica by Craftzine
Thank you, Craftzine.
(Note: Anyone else thinking of this? No?)

Personalized pipe cleaner gift toppers
These personalized gift toppers were recently featured in ReadyMade. Dare I say it…these are almost chic! Hooray, ReadyMade!

Finally, something I truly never considered before:

Hello, easy way to make stop motion creatures!

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.


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  2. That video was amazing :’)

  3. neaver4ever says:

    lol tht is amazing :)

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