We had so much fun making this adorable paper plate mouse craft! They were easy enough for my little boy to make by himself and my toddler enjoyed making these with a grownup. I love a sweet and simple craft idea that can be adjusted so that both of my children can join in and this little craft was perfect!
Here’s what we used
Colored paint and paintbrush
How to make a paper plate Mouse
Take the paper plate and coat it in the colored paint before putting it aside to dry.
Cut out two equal circles to make the ears, glue one to the front and one slightly further forward on the back. Glue down a Googly eye and a pom pom for the nose.
Cut out three thin strips of paper for the whiskers and glue them down in a triangular shape. Then take the pipe cleaner and twist it around a pencil leaving a small length at one end straight. Use this length to glue the pipe cleaner tail on the inside of the paper plate. once dry your paper plate mouse is finished!
After making our polymer clay lollipops I thought that I would upload these simple pipe cleaner lollipop ornaments too. Clay is fab and great for crafting but it’s something that until recently we never really kept in the house, plus it can be quite expensive if you buy the better brands. Pipe cleaners however are so cheap and easy to find (most pound shops sell them) so I thought they would make for a great alternative option. To be honest I’m not even sure which ones I prefer, they both look super sweet and perfect for a Willy Wonka themed Christmas! These little cuties only cost a few pence to make and once you get the hang of them they’re quick to make too, my 4 yo managed to master twisting and rolling them after a few tries!
Here’s what we used
How to make our pipe cleaner lollipop ornaments
Take your chosen pipe cleaners and twist them together at one end.
Twist the pipecleaners around each other all the way along to give this awesome stripy effect.
Take one end of your pipecleaner and begin rolling it around into a spiral, ensure that you pull it tight enough to hold position. Once you get to the end wrap the loose end around the previous ring which it is next to.
Add a small length of pipe cleaner to the back of the lollipop to make the stick. Finish off your sweet decoration by adding a bow to the bottom of your lollipop spiral.
If you would like to hang your lollipop on the tree, simply add some yarn to your decoration. We found that the easiest way was to glue a loop to the back but you could always thread it through the top ring of your spiral and then tie it into a knot! Aren’t these just the sweetest little sweets?
How adorable are these little Popsicle stick bumble bees? over the last couple of weeks my little guy has been learning about patterns at school and has since been making patterns with almost everything he finds. This afternoon he came home from school and emptied out the entire box of pom poms (we’re talking like 500 of the things) on to the kitchen table and began organizing them into patterns. He spent ages sat there coming up with different color combos so i suggested that we used the pom poms to make a patterned themed craft and the first patterned thing we thought of were bumble bees! We get a lot of them in our garden during the summer and he loves to watch them. I personally really like these and my little guy now has them stuck up in his bedroom window.
Here’s what we used
Yellow and black pom poms
White and black pipe cleaners
How to make our popsicle stick bumble bees
Cover the lollipop stick in glue and then stick on the pom poms in an alternating yellow/black pattern with a large pom pom for the head. Leave the pom poms to dry in place.
Now take a white pipe cleaner and twist it into a figure of eight to make two wings. Attach your wings onto your lollipop stick between the pom poms by either twisting it on or gluing it like we did.
Cut a length of black pipe cleaner and twist it evenly onto your Popsicle stick, just behind the head pom pom. Then curl each of the two ends to make two antennae. Finish off this cute little Popsicle stick bumblebee craft by adding two googly eyes!
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How cute is this little Toilet roll robot craft? We’ve had so much fun making these today and i just love how they have turned out. We came up with these little cuties by chance after randomly deciding to paint our TP rolls with our new pot of silver paint. Initially i thought about making something space themed and then my little guy suggested robots. I must say, i like his idea better. The best part is how different each one looks, you can simply use whatever you have lying around to decorate them and they look Fab!
Take your TP roll and coat it in your chosen metallic paint before setting it aside to dry.
Once dry, take your TP roll and pierce a hole at equal heights (about 2/3 up) out on either side. Thread a pipe cleaner through these holes to create your robot arms.
Cut out a small rectangular piece of paper to be your control panel. Now you need to decorate you robot control panel. You could draw on buttons using your markers or you could glue on some bits and bobs like we have.
Now it’s time to give your robot a face, we gave ours two sticker eyes and a pen drawn mouth!
Finish off your robot by adding any extra decoration that you would like! how about twirling pipe cleaners around a pencil to make some twisty robot antennae? Don’t they look awesome?!
How cute is this little pipe cleaner pen topper octopus craft? There are so many things that my little guy loves to do, unfortunately though learning to write just isn’t one of them. We have to work really hard to make it seem fun and enjoyable for him. So when we sat down to craft I knew that I wanted to make a pen topper and after a bit of playing we came up with these little cuties! We’ve made a few so that he can change colors as he pleases and so far they’ve worked wonders. He thinks they’re really funny and loves to write with them. We will definitely be coming up with some different designs to make and share in the near future!
Here’s what we used
How we made our pipe cleaner octopus pen topper craft
First we start off by making the tentacles. Take 4 of your pipe cleaners, line them up equally and then fold them in half to give you an arch shape.
Bend the top 11/2 to 2cm of your arch downwards on itself.
Take another of your coloured pipe cleaners and wrap it around your folded section.
Take a separate color pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Push the folded part fully up inside the center of your octopus. Take some more of your octopus pipe cleaners and wrap them tightly around his head piece to thicken it up and secure your grip piece inside.
Take your pen and push the nib part inside your octopus. Wind your grip tightly around your pen. When you remove the pen your grip piece should stay firmly in place.
Finish off by gluing on two googly eyes and shaping your tentacles. With ours, we bent them up near the body and then rolled up the ends. All that’s left to do now is attach them to your favorite pen and get writing.. so cute!