Old-fashioned pipe cleaner ornaments

 We're about a week away from Old St Nick! Hopefully, he's been self-quarantining with his reindeer all year so he can start heading out next week for deliveries! 

In that spirit, there's a Christmas challenge going on at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog - Deck the Halls! I'm honored to say I'm their guest designer for this challenge - Thanks so much for having me again!  

So I've got some kitschy little pipe cleaner ornaments I've made! 

I love making these using chenille bump pipe cleaners. You can get them in all kinds of colors, even tinsel types. You can use any faces you want - you can Google for them or use your family members (I used our dog, Buster, on one 🐶). I print them out on cardstock and size them at about 1.5".  You can also Google for directions - but in a nutshell: Cut your pipe cleaner in half. The chenille bump cleaners have the 4 'bumps' on them. Take one half and fold it in the middle - now you have legs.

Take the other half and hold it against the top of the legs - and wind one side around the top of the legs and then do the other side. You can make the arms as long or short as you want with the winding. And you don't need to glue it - it stays.

Now decorate! The craft stores have so many cute mini Christmas embellishments now to really make them fun and festive! 

I'm entering these at Country View Challenges


  1. It was nice to see your unique ornaments--they are charming and whimsical and bring on smiles and lots of feel goods. Wouldn't this be a great project to organize for children?

  2. These are really a blast from the past, Cathy, and I would love to see an entire tree decorated with these charmers! My cat would, too, as he is a real pipe cleaner aficionado. Thanks so much for a really great project for our Deck the Halls challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog and for being such an inspiring Guest Designer! I really appreciate all your hard work (fun!). Merry Christmas!


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