pipe cleaner easter basket and jewelry

by Barb on March 26, 2013

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Pipe cleaner Easter Basket and JewelryOn a recent outing to Michael’s Craft Store, I decided to pick up a bag of Easter-themed pipe cleaners to use during spring break week with my kids. My 6 year old daughter who has been doing crafts with the neighborhood girls immediately wanted to do something with the pipe cleaners. I love their flexibility and ease of use, not to mention the size is easy for little hands to work with. The bag was cheap – maybe $3 or $4 and on sale for 40 percent off.

Pipe cleaner Easter Basket and JewelryAfter browsing Pinterest for ideas, we decided to tackle this little Easter basket. This is a good project for a slightly older child due the coordination involved. You can use the full length of the pipe cleaners or divide them in half as I did to make a smaller basket. Using different colors for contrast also helps a child keep track of what they’re doing since they can see a visual difference between the spokes and the woven pieces.

Pipe cleaner Easter Basket and JewelryUse an odd number of spokes when creating the basket. I made a star with 3 pieces, and added half of a pipe cleaner to the middle. Weaving around where the spokes meet will help secure the extra piece. To weave, tuck in the first piece and go around the circle with the pipe cleaner going over and under the spokes. When you finish a piece, tuck the end into the previous row and start the new piece by tucking it in to the previous row.

Pipe cleaner Easter Basket and JewelryWhen the weaving is finished, tuck the spokes back down into the rows and clip the ends off. I like to have my ends clipped on the inside of the basket to make the outside clean and to prevent scratching by the pipe cleaner ends. To make the handle, I folded a pipe cleaner in half, slid the folded end around the top row on the basket, twisted it together a bit, and then secured the ends on the other side of the basket.

Pipe cleaner Easter Basket and JewelryMy daughter found our Pampered Chef kitchen scissors did a great job of cutting the pipe cleaners; the kid craft scissors weren’t strong enough. She made the outline of an Easter egg and turned it into a head band. She also made a necklace and bracelet for herself.

Pipe cleaner Easter Basket and JewelryWe also made these flower rings from 2 pieces of pipe cleaner, a craft we found on Martha Stewart Living. Fold one piece in half. Then, taking each half, make 3 folds on each side about the width of your thumb. Secure one half to the other. It will look weird. Take the 2nd pipe cleaner and wrap it between the folds turning the 1st pipe cleaner into a flower with petals. Leave enough of a tail on the 2nd pipe cleaner to make a loop for a ring behind the flower. Trim off the excess.

You can use these flowers to decorate your basket, a bracelet, a necklace, or a headband.

Pipe cleaner Easter Basket and JewelryMy daughter modelling her new jewelry!

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Barb Hoyer has written 3793 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Lauryn March 26, 2013 at 8:02 am

We have a million pipe cleaners laying around! I will be showing this post for inspiration and today may just be pipe cleaner craft day:)
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Janeane Davis March 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

These pipe cleaner baskets are so cute. My twins would love to use that idea to make purses for themselves and their dolls. Thanks for the idea and great instructions.

Barb March 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Ooooh, I like that idea! I should mention it to my daughter.

Gina B March 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

Whoa, so pretty and so easy! I have to figure out where to get pipe cleaners, Walmart, maybe? (Is my lack of craftiness showing?? lol..)
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Barb March 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

LOL – I found these at Michael’s with the Easter craft supplies. I think Walmart still has a craft section. JoAnn Fabrics should have pipe cleaners, too.

Nicole @ One Punky Mama March 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

These are just precious! I’m going to file this one away for next year to use with my Sunday school class. :)

Linda @ A La Carte February 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I love anything creative with kids. Great ideas, thanks for sharing at TTF!
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