Easy Weekend Craft Project for Kids: Make a Pipe Cleaner Person

From Christmas time reindeers to a bouquet of flowers, the pipe cleaner has been a recognizable material in crafting for many years. Who could have known that children would enjoy an item originally meant to clean out smoking pipes so much? Usually made out of polyester or nylon pile, craft pipe cleaners come in a rainbow of colors that easily bend into various shapes. Below you will find a tutorial for creating an easy pipe cleaner person:

Materials for Pipe Cleaner Person

To complete this weekend craft project, you will need:

  • 4 Yellow Pipe Cleaners (or the color of your choice)
  • Pencil
  • Fingernail Clippers
  • Glue
  • Craft Silly Eyes

Instructions for Pipe Cleaner Person

1. Bend one pipe cleaner to create a ‘V’ shape. At the top of the ‘V’ – twist a small loop.

2. Twist together the two ends below the loop a couple of times. This will create the shape of a torso.

3. Coil one pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a curly-cue or ‘spring-like’ effect.

4. Slide the coil onto the ‘torso.’

5. Cut a pipe cleaner in half using the nail clipper or a dull pair of scissors. Slide one half through the loop. This will create the arms.

6. Wrap one pipe cleaner around a pencil – overlapping the coils to create a compact ball. Attach the bundle to the loop to make a head.

7. At the ends of the pipe cleaner ‘arms’ and ‘legs,’ make loops to designate hands and feet.

8. Attach the craft eyes to the head using a bit of glue.

9. Add features to your person using different colored pipe cleaners. For example, cutting a snippet of brown, orange, red, or black and shaping into a ‘C’ shape creates hair. Longer hairstyles are achieved by attaching multiple snippets of pipe cleaner to the head.