How to Make a Bow Out of Pipe Cleaner

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Make a pipe cleaner bow using basic craft supplies.
Make a pipe cleaner bow using basic craft supplies. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

When you are putting together a clown costume for a class play, you may feel frustrated by how expensive clown costume accessories are when purchased from a costume shop. One solution is to make the clown accessories yourself using basic craft materials. For example, create a clown bow using pipe cleaners and other basic craft materials that can be purchased inexpensively at an arts and crafts supply store.

Things You'll Need

  • Tacky glue
  • Colored tissue paper

Place two 12-inch pipe cleaners onto a table top, and arrange them into a criss-cross pattern. The pipe cleaners should resemble the letter "X."

Twist the middle of the crossed pipe cleaners one turn, which will connect the two pipe cleaners together.

Bend the two pipe cleaner ends on the right side over each other at a right angle, bending the top pipe cleaner down and the bottom pipe cleaner up. This will create a triangle on the right side. Repeat this process on the left side.

Apply a line of tacky glue along the front of all of the pipe cleaners. Lay an 18-inch square sheet of colored tissue paper over the glue-covered pipe cleaners. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes.

Turn the bow over, and apply a line of tacky glue along the back of all of the pipe cleaners. Fold the tissue paper over the glue-covered pipe cleaners, and allow the glue to dry for an additional 30 minutes before using the pipe cleaner bow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use similarly colored pipe cleaners and tissue paper to create a more uniform-looking bow.

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