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19 Christmas Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids

In most crafty homes, the humble pipe cleaner is a staple. These gems are so handy for lots of projects around the home, and above all, they’re wonderful for making Christmas pipe cleaner crafts before the holidays.

Candy Cane Christmas Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids
Candy canes made of pipe cleaners in red and white colors..

We’ve scoured the internet to find the best Christmas pipe cleaner crafts for you and your kids to enjoy. Let’s dive into this comprehensive list.

1. Snowflake Pipe Cleaner Ornament and Other Pipe Cleaner Crafts

When we began searching for Christmas pipe cleaner craft ideas, the first thing we found was this informative video that shows you how to make pipe cleaner snowflakes.

The great thing is that the video also includes instructions for making several other pipe cleaner Christmas ornaments.


  • 12-inch blue sparkly pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Thin metallic cord

We love that once you learn how to make the basic snowflake ornament, you can change it up a bit to make different styles of snowflakes.

Source: One Little Project

2. Silver Angel Ornament

Pipe Cleaner Angel
Holiday pipe cleaner crafts. A tight framed Angel and Candy Canes made of pipe cleaners, with additional supplies scattered around the finished crafts on a green cutting mat.

Who doesn’t love a cute little angel? We sure do and this pipe cleaner angel is absolutely perfect, and oh so easy. You can follow the video tutorial in step 1 to make this.


  • 2 silver sparkly pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Thin metallic cord

Here’s a fun idea: Consider using a gold sparkly pipe cleaner to make her halo.

Source: One Little Project

3. Easy Poinsettia Christmas Ornament

Debbie at One Little Project makes things so easy, and this adorable little poinsettia ornament in our list of pipe cleaner Christmas crafts is no exception.


  • 2 red sparkly pipe cleaners
  • 1 gold sparkly pipe cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Thin metallic cord

We love the gold center on these adorable poinsettia Christmas ornaments.

Source: One Little Project

4. Super Easy Pipe Cleaner Star Ornaments

We want to feature one more of One Little Projects Christmas pipe cleaner crafts: her incredibly easy star ornament.


  • 12-inch gold sparkly pipe cleaner
  • Thin metallic cord
  • Star cookie cutter
  • Scissors

Could this be any more simple? Just imagine an afternoon spent with your kids making all of these adorable ornaments. They’re easy even for the tiniest hands.

Source: One Little Project

5. Pipe Cleaner Christmas Wreath

These tiny wreaths are so realistic looking. The red garland makes them even more unique and original.


  • Pipe cleaners in green, red, and white
  • Pencil to make the spirals
  • Red sparkly pipe cleaner for garland

This YouTube video shows you exactly how to make these Christmas pipe cleaner crafts.

Source: Pipe Cleaner Crafts B YouTube

6. Pom-Pom Trees Christmas Pipe Cleaner Crafts

We are head over heels in love with these adorable little pom-pom Christmas trees. They’re deceptively easy to make, too.


  • 30cm green pipe cleaners
  • Glue gun or PVA white glue
  • Mini pom-poms
  • String or yarn to hang them with

You can use these tiny Christmas trees as Christmas tree ornaments, and you can also use them to decorate your tiny villages or in other Christmas vignettes.

Source: Blue Bear Wood

7. Pipe Cleaner and Perler Bead Christmas Trees

These little pipe cleaner Christmas trees at Blue Bear Wood use not just pipe cleaners, but also beads. It’s a win/win, right?


  • 2 30cm green pipe cleaners
  • 1 15cm brown pipe cleaner
  • Perler beads (or similar beads)
  • Scissors
  • Sequin stars
  • Green thread
  • Glue gun
  • Ruler

The creator of the blog suggests that these Christmas pipe cleaner Christmas crafts are easier for smaller children to make. However, be sure to closely monitor the activity to make sure those beads don’t end up in mouths and noses.

Source: Blue Bear Wood

8. Large Christmas Tree

If you’re looking for a striking centerpiece, you’ve found it. This larger pipe cleaner Christmas tree will take center stage on your Christmas table or in your Christmas village.


  • Pipe cleaners in three different shades of green
  • Glitter glue
  • Small thin piece of cardboard
  • Tape
  • Small sequins for embellishments

This Christmas tree will also look great on someone’s desk at work, and it doesn’t take up a lot of room.

Play Trains’ tutorial also shows you how to make white sparkling Christmas trees and rainbow shimmering Christmas trees.

Source: Play Trains

9. Pretty Science Snowballs

If you love combining crafting with learning activities for your kids, you’re going to love these beautiful snowball Christmas pipe cleaner crafts. They use ingredients already found in most homes.


  • Wide mouth pint Mason jar
  • String
  • Borax
  • White pipe cleaners
  • Boiling water
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Blue food coloring (optional)

The Borax snowflake ball is part science project and part Christmas pipe cleaner crafts, and that’s a double win. This is a project that requires supervision because if ingested, Borax is toxic.

Source: Modern Parents Messy Kids

10. Pipe Cleaner Elves and Pixies

These little elves made with different colored pipe cleaners are so adorable. Using a bead to make their heads is ingenious.


  • Pipe cleaners in various colors
  • Wooden beads for heads
  • Black Sharpie thin-tipped marker
  • Wool for their hair
  • PVA glue
  • Acorn for a hat (optional)

These little guys look great with Red Ted Art’s cork mushrooms, too.

Source: Red Ted Art

11. Pony Bead Christmas Ornaments

If you have some beads lying around that you’d like to use (and what crafter doesn’t?), you’ll love these pipe cleaner ornaments.


  • 4 pipe cleaners for each ornament
  • Pony beads in green, red, and white

Source: Cutesy Crafts

12. Icicle Christmas Ornaments

The blogger at Happy Hooligans says these silver icicle ornaments made with pipe cleaners and beads are the perfect pipe cleaner Christmas crafts for preschoolers and toddlers. Besides that, they’re completely adorable!


  • Metallic pipe cleaners
  • Thread or yarn for hanging
  • Pony beads

These colorful icicle ornaments look like so much fun to make, and they’re gorgeous on the tree.

Source: Happy Hooligans

13. Minimalist Christmas Tree

Some folks prefer a minimalist look even at Christmastime, and there’s nothing wrong with that.


  • Small stick or twig (about six inches long)
  • Assorted green pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

There is a simple elegance in minimalism and these little pipe cleaner Christmas trees are gorgeous.

Source: A Cultivated Nest

14. Popsicle Stick and Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

We have a few Christmas trees on this list of Christmas pipe cleaner crafts, but we couldn’t resist adding this one. Why? Because it calls for not just pipe cleaners, but also two other things most crafters have in their arsenal: popsicle sticks and beads.


  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Beads
  • Glue
  • String or yarn for hanging

The different colored beads make this pipe cleaner Christmas tree absolutely gorgeous.

Source: Red Ted Art

15. Magnetic Christmas Tree

Besides ornaments for the Christmas tree, there are tons of Christmas pipe cleaner crafts you can make for other uses in the home. This magnetic Christmas tree craft is fun, functional, and unique.


  • Craft sticks (popsicle sticks)
  • Pom-poms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Magnetic strip
  • Cardstock in various colors

You basically put a magnet on the back of every “ornament” and the kids decorate it as they want. The kiddos will enjoy hours of fun “decorating” this tree every day.

Source: Fun Littles

16. Pipe Cleaner Abstract 3D Snowflakes

These snowflakes don’t lay flat as most snowflakes do. Instead, they’re three-dimensional. You’ll love the way these look hanging from your tree.


  • White pipe cleaners
  • White beads
  • Scissors

If you’re looking for an abstract ornament, this is perfect.

Source: KiwiCo

17. Handmade Wooden Bead Christmas Ornaments

Most crafters have a surplus of beads, and if you have wooden beads, these handmade wooden bead Christmas ornaments will use them up.


  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wooden beads

Little children love stringing beads. In addition to being loads of fun, this will help your kids develop their fine motor skills.

Source: Buggy and Buddy

18. Feathered Angel Pipe Cleaner Ornaments

DIY-ers who are in love with angels will want to make these adorable little feathered angels. We don’t see a lot of Christmas ornaments made with feathers, and these are gorgeous.


  • 2-3 white feathers
  • 3 pipe cleaners (white and gold)
  • White plastic or wooden bead (it can also be any color for flesh-colored angels)
  • Sharpie fine-point pen for drawing her face
  • String for hanging

The gold pipe cleaners add a heavenly touch to her wings and halo.

Source: Powerful Mothering

19. Cork Reindeer Ornaments

What’s Christmas without a few red-nosed reindeer? These cork reindeer ornaments will light up your tree (and the smiles on everyone’s faces).


  • Corks
  • Mini red pom-poms
  • Silver pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Sharp knife
  • Tacky glue
  • Straight pins
  • Ribbon

You can use the corks you’ve saved throughout the year or buy them online (or at any craft store).

Source: Vicky Barone

Which of These Christmas Pipe Cleaner Crafts Are Your Kids Most Excited About?

With so many fun and creative Christmas pipe cleaner crafts on this list, your little ones may be itching to get started! Let us know in the comments which one is their favorite, and be sure to share with us any great ideas that we may have missed.