At bedtime, one of my girls’ favorite songs to sing is Old MacDonald. Some nights are actual farm animals and others night a bit…well, more creative. We’ve been crafting a lot lately and decided to use our stash of pipe cleaners to create this fuzzy pipe cleaner pig to go with their favorite song. Hoping to add more animals to their farm in the near future. This cutie is pretty easy to make. I know it looks like a lot of steps, but I just wanted it to be as clear and thorough as possible for you. Hope you and your kids enjoy!
FOR ANOTHER CUTE PIPE CLEANER CRAFT:
Pipe Cleaner Pig
What You’ll Need:
Pink Pipe Cleaners (1 Thick and 2 Thin (12″ length)—I used ones from this set)
- Craft Glue (or Hot Glue)
- Small Googly Eyes
- Black Sharpie Pen
- Round Pencil
- Wire Cutter
1. Take one of the thin pipe cleaners and cut it into 3 4″ pieces. Set them aside.
MAKING THE PIG BODY
2. Take the thick pipe cleaner and wrap it around the Sharpie pen. Slide it off.
3. Turn the body of the pig, so one end is facing you. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner inward to hide the hole where the pen was. Repeat on the other side.
ADDING THE LEGS
4. Take one of the 4″ pipe cleaners you cut earlier and slide it through one loop in the body of the pig. Twist it back around the loop and pull the ends, so the new “legs” pipe cleaner is securely attached to the body.
5. Bend the legs of the pig, so they are pointed in the same direction. Repeat with another 4″ piece on the other side of the body to complete the pig’s legs.
MAKING THE FEET
6. Holding the body of the pig on its side, make a bend in one of the legs at about 1/2″. This will become the foot. (Technically, you could stop here and snip off the extra, leaving 1/2″ (if you do, skip step #7). I personally don’t like the pointy end, so I make rounded feet, step #7.)
7. Bend the pipe cleaner foot at about 1/2″ towards the back of the pig. Snip off any extra pipe cleaner that goes past the leg with the wire cutter.
8. Complete the other pig feet.
CREATING THE HEAD
9. Take the last whole pipe cleaner and wrap it around the pencil 2 times.
10. Take the pipe cleaner off of the pencil and place it at the end of the Sharpie pen. Continue wrapping the pipe cleaner around the Sharpie one more time.
11. Turn the head, so the long end is facing you. Bend it inward towards the center and then straight back away from the head. (We do this to help the head line up with the body when we connect them.)
12. Push the long end from the head through the body of the pig to connect them and pull snug.
13. Turn the pig to face you and bend the end inward to hide the hole from where the pencil was.
ADDING THE PIG’S TAIL
14. Take the end from the head and slide it through the last loop in the body. Careful (and slowly) pull the end snug around the loop. This will secure the pig’s head to the body.
15. Use the tip of the pencil to curl the end and create the pig’s curly tail. Cut the remaining extra off using the wire cutters.
16. Take the last 4″ piece of pipe cleaner and slide it through the first loop in the body (next to the head). Bend it up so it creates a big V.
17. Bend an ear at 1/2″ to create a pointy ear. Trim the extra pipe cleaner, being sure to leave enough to tuck the end back into the pig’s body.
18. Tuck the end back into the body (between the loops). Repeat with the other ear.
FINISHING THE PIG’S FACE
19. Use the black Sharpie to create two dots at the end of the head to finish the nose.
20. Add the googly eyes to the head using either craft glue or hot gun. (NOTE: As I mentioned above, if you have younger kids (I have a 3 and 7 year old) or will be playing with them a lot, use the hot glue to attach the eyes. We road-tested our pigs heavily and the craft glue did not hold up nearly as well! The hot glue was MUCH better!!)
And there you have it! A cute little fuzzy pipe cleaner pig that’ll make the kids (and adults) smile. My girls have had a ton of fun with these piggies! So much so that I had to sneak in these last finished pics! 🙂
Have fun crafting and let me know what you named your pig. We named ours Coffee Toffee and Miss Piggy.