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how to make pipe cleaner and bead dolls

We love making things that can then be played with. These cute pipe cleaner and bead dolls are easy to make and hours of fun to play with! We named our dolls Bert and Bessie.

If you love this project but don't have the materials, check out our fun kids CRAFTS KITS, our MEGA JEWELLERY & THREADING CRAFT BOX includes all the materials you need to make these BENDY FRIENDS plus lots of other fun crafts.


  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wooden beads (large ones for the head and smaller ones for the body)
  • Paper straws
  • Yarn
  • Black marker pen


Wrap some yarn around a piece of card to make a thick bundle then remove the bundle of yarn from the card. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and trap the yarn in the middle twisting the pipe cleaner together to secure the yarn. Thread the ends of the pipe cleaner through the large bead, pull the bead to the top trapping the yarn. Trim the looped ends of the yarn to make the hair.

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Add a small bead to make your dolls neck and bend the pipe cleaner ends out to make the arms. Fold a second pipe cleaner in half and put it over one of the arms to make the body and legs.

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Now add beads to make the body.

how to make pipe cleaner and bead dolls

Add beads and straws to make the arms and legs. Fold the ends of the pipe cleaners over to secure the last beads.

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CRAFT KITS to make at home

If you love this fun project by MINI MAD THINGS but don't have the materials to make it, check out our cool kids CRAFT KITS. With our JEWELLERY & THREADING CRAFT KIT you can make these BENDY FRIENDS plus lots of other fun jewellery and threading crafts.

Our MINI MAD CRAFT kits are choc full of crafty fun ready for you to get creative at home. The kits are designed to inspire open-ended creativity. With our range of beautiful, engaging materials, you can either follow our craft tutorials or create your own fun projects.

Pictured below is the MEGA JEWELLERY & THREADING CRAFT KIT craft kit.


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