How to Make a Longhouse Out of Pipe Cleaners

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When making a longhouse out of pipe cleaners, you're always going to want to keep a few important things in mind. Make a longhouse out of pipe cleaners with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth. I’m an art teacher living in Portland, Maine, and I’m going to show you how to make a longhouse out of pipe cleaners. So, for this you’re going to need brown and black pipe cleaners, and you’re going to take about eight brown pipe cleaners and lay them down on the table. And, you should lay them down pretty evenly, with about an inch between each of them. Alright, then you’re going to take about 10 of the black pipe cleaners, and lay those out on top of the brown ones. And, those are going to go cover about the entire length of the brown pipe cleaners, but just make sure that you leave about an inch of each end of the brown pipe cleaners. Alright. So, next, you’re going to hold all of these down on the table, and you’re going to twist the ends of the brown pipe cleaners around the black one that lays over it. So, just bend it up and twist it around to secure it in place. And, make sure you’re leaving about an inch between each of these. Alright, once you’ve done that, you can do the same thing on the other side. Alright, and once you’re done with that, it should look something like this. I just moved these black ones out of the way. I just wanted to lay them out to make sure they were all going to be evenly spread across the brown ones. So, once you have this structure, you can then take one of your black pipe cleaners and wrap it onto one of the brown pipe cleaners that’s secured on there, like this. And, everything here is spaced about an inch apart, so you’re doing that about an inch into the brown pipe cleaner. And, you’re just going to weave the black pipe cleaner through the brown pipe cleaner. So, you’re going under and over, and under and over, and under until you get to the end. And then, you’re going to secure that last one. And, you’re going to continue doing that with the rest of your black pipe cleaners, or with as many as you need to completely fill in all of those brown pipe cleaners. Alright. Then, you’re going to take those extra little ends of the black pipe cleaners and just wrap them around the corners. Alright. Now, you’re going to find the center of this woven pipe cleaner sheet, and you’re just going to fold it in half and really get a nice crease in it. Then, you can take each side and just kind of curve it out, like this. And, set it down on your work surface, and just kind of sculpt it until it’s a nice even structure with nice sharp points at the top. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to make a longhouse out of pipe cleaners.

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