Easy! How to Make Pipe Cleaner Flowers

Let’s make pipe cleaner flowers today!  In fact, it is so easy we can make a full bouquet of pipe cleaner flowers.

Kids will love this easy pipe cleaner craft and they will be making colorful and unique flowers in no time.

We love that this is one kids craft that doesn’t have much clean up which is another reason to be looking for things to make with pipe cleaners.

Easy pipe cleaner flowers craft for kids - girl holding a pipe cleaner flower bouquet she made
Let’s make some easy pipe cleaner flowers for our big bouquet!

How to Make Pipe Cleaner Flowers

We love finding easy things to make with pipe cleaners.  They are one of my favorite crafting items because it is almost mesmerizing to work with them and see what they can become.

Pipe cleaners are called pipe cleaners because they were originally used to clean pipes…makes sense!  Today we use them for crafting which sounds like much more fun.  They come in a million colors and also can be found under the name chenille stem or fuzzy sticks.

And pipe cleaners are one of the easiest ways to make flowers which makes this a perfect kids craft for even the youngest kids, but older kids and adults will want to make pipe cleaner flowers too.

And then pipe cleaner flowers turn into pipe cleaner bouquets.  It is all good.

The only thing that will limit your bouquet-making-party is time and pipe cleaners!

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Supplies Needed to Make Pipe Cleaner Flower Bouquets

pipecleaner flowers - easy idea for making things with pipe cleaners - girl holding pipe cleaner flower bouquet
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Instructions for Pipe Cleaner Flowers Craft

Step 1 – Make Swirls, Loops and Circles with Pipe Cleaners

To make the colorful flowers, we swirled some of the cleaners into a circle shape.  

When you let go of the wire, and pull lightly on the center of it (to make a cone-like shape) it looks a lot like an orchid (or maybe a tulip). That was my daughters favorite type to create.

We also made loops and attached the loops together to create the more traditional-looking flower shape. This was a bit more difficult for my four year old to create, but she tried hard!

step 1 - make pipe cleaner flowers - pipe cleaner swirls 2 different methods shown
The first step is to make pipe cleaner swirls, circles, spirals and cones.

Step 2 – Add Stems with Chenille Stems {Giggle}

When the swirls and flowers were finished, we added stems to create our bouquets with green and brown pipe cleaners.   

(Optional) Step 3 – Make a Pipe Cleaner Flower Pot

The easiest way I have found to make a pipe cleaner flower pot for your bouquet is to use something around the house as a template.  If you find a small clay pot, pill bottle or narrow glass from the kitchen that is the size that would work, then grab some flower pot colored pipe cleaners.

Wind the pipe cleaners around the item you chose until you have a shape you like, then remove that item and adjust the pipe cleaners as needed.

Watch Our Short Tutorial Video on How to Make Pipe Cleaner Flowers

Pipe Cleaner Flower Bouquets as Kid-Made Gifts

These would make a great gift for Grandma! Or a in-class made gift for mom.  Or a fun move-in gift for a new neighbor…there are so many ways to give pipe cleaner flower bouquets as gifts!

These handmade flowers are so colorful and bright and delightfully easy to make.

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Did your kids love making pipe cleaner flowers and pipe cleaner flower bouquets?

What is their favorite pipe cleaner craft?


  1. I just love the photo of your daughter here – she looks so proud of her creations!

  2. I just love pipe cleaner flowers. My only thing is I was looking for ones my Sunday School class can do mostly by themselves. In this video, it looks like adult is doing all the work so I still need to determine if kindergartners have the finger dexterity to do this or not. I may try a variation. Such a simple fun way to help kids brighten someone’s day!

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