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Pipe Cleaner People

I spent a bit of time trying to find a way to make a fun pipe cleaner craft, something that I knew young students could do without a lot of frustration.

My conclusion? Smaller is better, and simple little body shapes made with two pipe cleaners (one for the basic body and one for wrapping) were easy to repeat and then pose and play with.

These little figures could make a fun mini Keith Haring project, or charms on a necklace, or bodies in a miniature house, the list goes on. I’m determined to somehow bring them into my curriculum this year as I think the twisting and wrapping would be good practice for those that don’t get to practice their 3D skills.

For those that prefer a diagram to a video, here’s another way to see how to make these little figures.

MATERIALS
Pipecleaners, two per student

DIRECTIONS
Follow the above diagram:
1. Fold one pipe cleaner in half and twist an oval at the top to make the head.
2. Fold two arms that are the same length.
3. Twist the pipe cleaners to make the torso. Fold the legs up so they end at the crotch. Twist the legs so they look like one thick pipe cleaner. Do the same for the arms.
4. Take the remaining pipe cleaner and start twisting around the head.
5. Continue wrapping the second pipe cleaner around the torso of the body until you reach the end. Tuck in any loose ends.

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