Pipe Cleaner Tiara

Having taken a wee break from blogging to spend time with my awesome girls I thought I’d get back into the flow of things by blogging how to make these fantastic Pipe Cleaner Tiara’s  that we made to see the New Year.

Pipe Cleaner Tiara

The best part is that not only are they amazing show stopper head pieces, they are super quick and easy to make.

All you need are seven tinsel pipe cleaners (some of you may know them as fuzzy or glitter pipe cleaners), a hot glue gun, a large acrylic gem (or something else shiny like a large sequin) and some needle nose pliers.

I made the petals shapes in the tiara using two different coloured pipe cleaners but you could keep it to just one colour.

1. Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together to make the base of the tiara.

Twist Pipe Cleaners

2. Separate the remaining pipe cleaners for the petal shapes into a group of two (petal 2 & 4)  and three (petal 1, 3, 5) bearing in mind what colours you need to end up with something that looks like the image below.

Pipe Cleaner Petals

Loop each pipe cleaner in half, stack the loops on top of each other and twist the ends together.  Pull the individual petal out so that you  end up with the following two sets (do this even if you’re using all the same colour).

 Three Petals       Two Petals

 3. Squeeze the twisted ends flat with your pliers and lay them on top of each other positioning the petals so they alternate.

tinsel Pipe Cleaner Flower

4. Glue the two twisted sections together with your hot glue gun and snip the ends with your pliers.

Snip Ends

5. Next glue each petal shape to the next about three fifths of the way up and continue doing this all the way round. This is important as it will hold the shape in place and give it more strength.

Tinsel Pipe Cleaners

6. Glue the twisted base pipe cleaners you did at the beginning underneath the petal arc. Bend the ends back on themselves

Tinsel Pipe Cleaners Glue

8.  Add your sparkly gem or sequin and use kirby grips to attach it to your hair.

Pipe Cleaner Tiara's

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29 Responses to Pipe Cleaner Tiara

  1. I have a five-year-old and a two-year-old who will LOVE these!

  2. These are adorable, if I had a little girl I would definitely make these.

  3. Michelle says:

    This is such a simple and effective idea, I’m hoping to get more crafty with my son this year 😀 xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  4. Sara says:

    These are adorable, I wish I was young enough to pull them off myself! 😉 your daughter looks hilariously grumpy about the fact she’s wearing one though, the photo really made me giggle :’)

    Sara | This Girl Loves

  5. Lynda Hardy says:

    What a fun craft idea! I’d love it if you’d share this at Reviews, Chews & How-Tos for our first Awesome Life Friday Link Up http://rchreviews.blogspot.com/2015/01/awesome-life-friday-no-1.html

  6. Those are adorable. Your model sure looks like she’s having fun :).

  7. What a fabulous idea! I wouldn’t have thought of that x

  8. Rachel says:

    Ha the look on her face is priceless, but the tiara is rather fabulous x

  9. oh dear, your daughter’s face is so funny! Another reluctant recruit to the world of blogging!

  10. Pinkoddy says:

    Oh that is so clever and they look really pretty.

  11. Mrs M says:

    Such a great craft idea!

  12. Fantastic, so simple and easy to do and they look stunning!

  13. Brilliant! So simple and effective! Your daughter looks beautiful, very cool and not grumpy at all – more 21st century model, lovely pic.

  14. I love these.
    I’ve been looking for things to make with these pipe cleaners which seem to come with every kit we buy

  15. Michelle says:

    These are so pretty, just like your daughter! I don’t know if your girlie is into Frozen, but they are perfect for Queen Elsa! x

  16. Jen Walshaw says:

    I love these, simple is best in my humble opinions, especially when it comes to kids crafts. Your daughter is beautiful too, as Chris said very 21st Century girl!

  17. These tiaras are so cute!
    We did some fairy flower crowns not too long ago, but yours are so sparkly! My 3 and 6 year old princesses would love these so much! Thank you for the inspiration!

  18. These are beautiful. Will try this with my girls too.

  19. Wow-my daughter would love to make one of these. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Globalmouse says:

    Oh my 5 year old daughter would love these! Great craft.

  22. An absolutely gorgeous and clever idea. And so much cheaper and fun than buying tacky plastic ones.

  23. Eileen Teo says:

    Gorgeous tiara! Such a clever idea! Thank you for sharing it with us #Pintorials

  24. I love this! Looks fantastic and so easy to make.

  25. Tracy Lee says:

    So cute! My girl will love to make these with her friends. Thank you for sharing!

  26. Ann Moya says:

    Thanks for this great idea – these are absolutely lovely!

    I work as a child minder and the kids I mind will love these. I already have pipe cleaners and gems galore so ready to go!

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