We love pipe cleaner crafts.
From making quick bracelets to admiring all of the amazing colors, my kids (and cats…) adore this simple craft supply. That’s why we’ve come up with some pipe cleaner crafts that only take 5 minutes to make. Sound impossible? It’s not! And, the end result will have kids playing all afternoon long…
Keep in mind, my kids are 5 years old and 2 years old.
Their days consist of make believe and lots and lots of play. But, there are days when my kids are uninspired. On this particular day, I decided to grab our bag of pipe cleaners and I just started twisting them together.
The results are something that you can make with your own children in 5 minutes or less!
What You Need to Make 1 Pipe Cleaner Crown
- 2 Pipe Cleaners for the points
- 2 Pipe Cleaners for the base
- 2 different colored Pipe Cleaners to wrap around the entire base
So, that’s a total of 6 Pipe Cleaners for one crown <— we received our pipe cleaners for free from Craft Project Ideas
You can watch the video below to see how to make the crowns…
How to Make Pipe Cleaner Crowns
First, you’ll make the peaks from 2 of the pipe cleaners. I bent the pipe cleaners up and down over and over and then stretched them out a little bit to see those nice triangles (see first part of the video).
Attach the next two pipe cleaners as the base of the crown.
Tip: twist these two pipe cleaners together to make one long strand as the base!
Connect the pipe cleaner base to the end of the triangular pipe cleaners. Wrap the base around each point that is “down.”
Connecting the Base to the Crown
Watch the video above to see this part in action…
With the triangular pipe cleaners, there is one point that is up and the next point is down.
You’ll wrap the base to each ‘down’ point on the crown.
The pattern is like this: Skip the up, wrap the down, skip the up, wrap the down, and so on…this will take two pipe cleaners to complete the base. What you’ve created are triangular shapes along the crown (see photos or video).
Making the Base Stronger
Then, take your last two pipe cleaners and connect them together to form one long strand.
This is our extra layer or pipe cleaner to reinforce the base. If you don’t add this last step, the crown will fall apart easily.
Put the pipe cleaner through each triangle, then wrap the same ‘down’ point that you wrapped in the previous step. Then, put it through the next triangle and wrap the ‘down’ point again.
If it’s confusing, watch the video above or, you can see in the picture below how the base is wrapped with two contrasting colors.
I love that something so simple can transform children’s play!