Pipe Cleaner Dancing Princesses

These adorable Pipe Cleaner Dancing Princesses are so simple to make. Not only do they make the most adorable decorations but they are also the perfect puppet/doll for imaginary play.

Dancing Pipe Cleaner Princesses

My girls love using them to act out stories and plays. There’s something wonderfully tactile about them. The simple elegance and lack of features allows them to truly engage in their own ‘make believe’ world.Pipe Cleaner Princess

You need

cotton pipe cleaners (15cm or 30cm), napkins (plain or patterned), cotton and maybe a pair of scissors

Paper Napkin

1. Bend both pipe cleaners in half and twist the top of one to make a head. Wrap the second pipe cleaner around the first to form a small body and arms, twisting at the back to tie off.

Pipe Cleaner Twist Pipe Cleaner Bodies 2. Crease and twist a paper napkin.

Pipe Cleaner princess dress fold Pipe Cleaner princess dress twist 3. Cut the very tip of the center off. This is where the head will go. Next open up the napkin and cut two small slits straight doesn’t either side of the neck opening. These will be for the arms.

Pipe Cleaner princess dress arms 4. Scrunch the napkin back, lay the pipe cleaner body in place and trim the dress to length.

Pipe Cleaner Princess Dress

5. Insert the pipe cleaner body into the napkin arms first. And finally, tie some cotton around the middle to define the waist and your princess if complete.

Pipe Cleaner Princess waist

Pipe Cleaner Princesses

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49 Responses to Pipe Cleaner Dancing Princesses

  1. These are beautiful!
    This is so creating… final effect is stunning.
    Love these dancing ladies!

  2. sometimes the simplest things are the most creative, and these look beautiful

  3. Carrie says:

    Looking forward to trying this. Pinned it. (=

  4. These are so beautiful! Would be great table centres for a school ball 🙂 Thanks for sharing at #Pintorials x

  5. Neda says:

    So nice..

  6. Wanicha V. says:

    Thanks for sharing. I like it so much.

  7. So pretty and not as hard as it looks! Thanks for sharing with After School Link Up!

  8. Love these! They are fun & look really easy to create. Love the different poses too.

  9. These are gorgeous! They look super ladylike 🙂 #pintorials

  10. Ivany Miguel says:


  11. These are amazing! I would never have imagined something so lovely could come from a pipe cleaner and a napkin. Thanks for linking this up at After School!

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  13. mummiafelice says:

    These are beautiful…I’m inspired!! Thanks so much for linking up!

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  15. I am hopping over from Truly Lovely after seeing your feature there! These dolls are absolutely adorable! Thanks for the tutorial! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  16. How beautiful!! I love them. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  17. fariba says:

    Soooo very cute ,Thank you for your creation .(;)

  18. These dancing princesses are totally adorable! Thanks for sharing the tute! I am sure the granddaughter will LOVE making these 🙂 If you have time, stop by and link up to our Snickerdoodle Sunday sometime!

  19. Carla Briggs says:

    These are so adorable!

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  22. Mig says:

    how did you get them to stand ? thanks 🙂

  23. Lis says:

    Very cool idea. This would be so fun to do with kids. Very creative but very messy. Love it.

  24. Amy Louise says:

    They look so effective! Love the colours!

  25. Love, love this idea! Would it be better if I used one ply napkins? I can’t wait to do this. Thank you so much.

    • ZingZingTree says:

      Thicker 2/3 ply napkins are better as they help the little ladies stand up. I found 1 ply tore easily.

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  27. Patty Freeman says:

    i just made these with 2 granddaughters, ages 9 & 6. Very easy & fun. Charming results. Used large & small napkins.

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  29. Ila Blair says:

    These are adorable! Can’t wait to make these with my granddaughters!

  30. Desny says:

    So cool I wanna make a boyfriend for her I want a tutorial in him thx

  31. ingrid says:

    very nice those baillarinas , but how did you get them stand?


  32. Angie says:

    How do they stand up

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  34. Connie says:

    I bet you could also make the dress out of cupcake papers. As a matter of fact when I first looked at your post I thought that’s what the dress was made of. I think that might even be easier since the creases are already in the cupcake papers. Great idea though…these are simply adorable. Thanks!

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  36. Linda says:

    Full size napkins or dessert napkins?

  37. Lorraine says:

    So so elegant and so easy. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  39. Bonnie Sanford says:

    I used a coffee filter, too :). Works d great! But all the dresses are white. . . 🙂

  40. Shereen says:

    The idea was super easy and excellent after finishing the doll we decorated it and made eyes and fashion the dress and make fancy belt. Thanks a lot for sharing

  41. Savannah says:

    so cute perfect fore my summer dance class crafts.<3 (:

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