How to Make a Bow Out of Pipe Cleaner

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Things You'll Need

  • Tacky glue

  • Colored tissue paper

Make a pipe cleaner bow using basic craft supplies.

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.


Step 1

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."

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Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.


Step 5

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.


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


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