Bendable Pipe Cleaner Letters

When I saw these beautiful yarn letters on Giddy Giddy, I knew I had to try these with my kids. We had a lot of fun with it, and for kids working on learning reading skills, it's a great tactile way to work on letters.

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We started out following the suggestion on Giddy Giddy to form the pipe cleaner letter first and then wrap with pretty yarn.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    My friend's tween daughter immediately created this lovely "M," which will make a lovely addition to her bulletin board.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    However, we found the younger kids had a little trouble wrapping the yarn when they formed the letter first. So in consultation with my 6-year-old, we developed this simplified technique.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    We started by wrapping the yarn around the pipe cleaner. To anchor the end of the yarn and keep it from slipping, just pinch over the tip of the pipe cleaner to make a little hook.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    And then it's easy to wrap the yarn around...and around...and around. I was surprised by how well this worked, even for a four-year-old. I only had to help tie off the end so the yarn wouldn't unravel. Then once the yarn is all wrapped, the pipe cleaner can be bent and formed however you like.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    I had a selection of lovely tasteful colors as well, but of course my six-year-old only wanted to use the rainbow and fuzzy yarns. And as always he had his own ideas of where he wanted to take the project, and decided he wanted to create this series of fuzzy numbers. We were quite pleased with how these came out! The pipe cleaners are such a fun way to play with letter formation, and the finished products make a really nice decoration to hang on a bedroom door or to display on a bookshelf.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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