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Twist and Turn Pipe Cleaner Forest

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how fuzzy are thy branches! We used a whole rainbow of pipe cleaners to make this colorful forest of pipe cleaner trees - make a whole bunch like we did and set them up on your mantle!

In collaboration with Handmade Charlotte

Mix and match pipe cleaners from the Arts & Crafts Library, Bright Bundle, and Sparkle Stash to make your own unique forest. Here’s betting you won’t be able to stop making trees for a few hours!

What You Need:

Pipe cleaner forest supplies
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pom poms
  • Wooden beads
  • Wooden skewers
  • Pipe cleaners (in lots of colors)



Pipe cleaner forest step 1

1. Begin by twisting pipe cleaners around a wooden skewer. They don’t need to be exactly centered or perfect yet – we’ll be trimming them later.


Pipe cleaner forest step 2

2. When twisting, try to keep the pipe cleaner tight on the wooden skewer so that it wiggles and slides as little as possible. You want the pipe cleaners to sit about ½” apart.


Pipe cleaner forest step 3

3. When you’re done, you should have something like this: it almost looks like a tree, but it needs a little haircut.


Pipe cleaner forest step 4

4. Use scissors to trim the pipe cleaners into a triangle shape.


Pipe cleaner forest step 5

5. Pop a mini pom pom on top to be the star!


Pipe cleaner forest step 6

6. To make the more 3D bottlebrush style tree, do the same as before but use more pipe cleaners and twist them right next to each other so they’re tightly packed onto the skewer.


Pipe cleaner forest step 7

7. Trim into a triangle again.


Pipe cleaner forest step 8

8. Fluff the pipe cleaners out in all directions to give the tree some shape, and trim as needed.


Pipe cleaner forest step 9

9. For the base, cut a popsicle stick in half and glue those two halves on either side of a whole popsicle stick, forming a plus sign. Then hot glue a wooden bead onto the middle and glue the end of the skewer into the bead, holding straight until dry.


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