When I was younger I remember making these little penguins out of pipe cleaners. I didn’t have either black or white pipe cleaners so I thought we could make other animals. We made an elephant, a frog, and a bird. (Here I made a pipe cleaner Chameleon).
|Elephant, Frog, and Bird Pipe Cleaner Animals|
Supplies: Pipe Cleaners, Crazy Eyes, glue
Frog: First coil a green pipe cleaner loosely around a pencil. Fold another one in half and then bend back the two ends.
Fold back both sides to make a sort of heart shape at the top. These will be the eyes.
Stick this second pipe cleaner through the coil. Stick the feet out of the bottom coil.
Pull down the second pipe cleaner until the eyes barely stick out of the top of the coil. Then fold up each leg.
Beware of cats. Apparently pipe cleaners are like cat nip to them.
Bend down the legs. Glue on little eyes. Add a tongue. (You could also add front arms, but I chose not to)
The Bird: Coil a red pipe cleaner around a pencil.
Cut an orange pipe cleaner in half (about 6 inches). Then fold that in half. Stick the orange pipe cleaner into the coil. Stick the top through the top two coils.
Bend forward the beak. Fold over and bend forward the feet. It was a little difficult for me to get it to balance. Cut a red pipe cleaner in half and stick it straight through the coil.
Fold over the wings. Glue on eyes.
You could stop here but I decided to add a little flair.
The Elephant: This one ended out being a little harder to make. First coil a blue or gray pipe cleaner around a marker. Stick out a little tail.
Cut a pipe cleaner into thirds. attach one to each side. Attach the third to the front as a trunk.
Cut another pipe cleaner into halves. Stick them through the bottom of the coil.
Fold down all four of the legs. Fold up each of the feet. I had to make the back ones a little shorter than the front ones to get it to balance. Glue on the eyes. You could also add little tusks with white or gray pipe cleaners.
|Elephant pipe cleaner animal, frog pipe cleaner animal, bird pipe cleaner animal|
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The Best of Both Worlds says
This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Cathy Kennedy says
My kittens are all grown up, but these pipe cleaner animals are adorable! I bet yours really like these little critters, too. =D
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These are so cute! My boys will love making them. Thanks for sharing!
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Great post. I'm you latest follower! I love these critters! And your directions are soooo easy. I look forward to more.
How cool is that – didn't know it was so easy…looks like a cool decoration idea. Think it might be possible to make pipe cleaner guitars…? 😀 Following you!
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Ohhhh this is the perfect thing to do with all my stickin pipe cleaners that are taken up so much space in my "craft box". Thanks for the tutorial! I'm loving your blog like crazy! Your kids are precious and I just wanna squeeeeze your daughters cheeks!! I remember those days…in fact, today was one of them. Xanex please! LOL just kidding *kinda* =P I'm a new follower, looking forward to reading more! Would love a follow back if that tickles your fancy! "see" ya soon!
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He he that's funny, I was about to say the same thing…I'm your newest newest follower! People are really lovin' your blog!
I love how cute and simple these sweet animals are! I am doing a "bug unit" this week and I am going to try to work these in. Wonderful blog post!
Jill Anderson says
Oh how fun! My boys would love this. Your so creative! 🙂
Oh my how ADORABLE! I love love love them!
My kiddos made pipe cleaner "ornaments" for the Christmas tree a couple decades ago & they are treasured every year.
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I just wanted to let you know that I found this post through a google search for pipe cleaner crafts.
I love these!
You have GREAT directions! I do a before and after school daycare and I am going to do these with my kids!