How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Dragon

May 28, 2018 12 Comments
Pipe Cleaner Dragon

As you may know, we are proud memebers of the Bostik Blogger team.  This month’s box of lovely crafty goodness had a mythical creatures theme. As soon as Oliver saw the contents, and the bright flame coloured pipe ceaners, he requested that I make a Pipe Cleaner Dragon for him.

Now, I love pipe cleaners with their bright colours and amazingly versatility. We have created Peg and Pipe Cleaner crocodiles before and also Monster pencil toppers using them.  However, I have to admit creating a Pipe Cleaner Dragon was a bit of a challenge, and it did take a few goes to practice and perfect my method.  I got there in the end, and here he is Pipe Cleaner Dragon mark 3 (I think).

pipe cleaner dragon

So if you would like to make your own Pipe Cleaner Dragon, read on for the full tutorial or pin it for later!


Pin Pipe Cleaner Dragon For Later!

Pipe Cleaner Dragon Pin

What You Will Need

  • 4 Green (or other colour of your choice) pipe cleaners
  • 1 Yellow (or other contrasting colour) pipe cleaner
  • 2 Googley eyes
  • Coloured foam sheet or card
  • Bostik White Glu
  • Scissors

How to Make Your Pipe Cleaner Dragon

  • First cut the yellow pipe cleaner in half, then fold one of the pieces in half again.
  • Using a pen as guide, wrap a green pipe cleaner around the yellow one as shown in the pictures. Leave a little of the folded end of the yellow pipe cleaner poking out as a nose. Wrap all but the last half inch around the folded yellow pipe cleaner. The yellow pieces can then be shaped as horns.
  • Insert the end of a second green pipe cleaner into the back of the head, and twist together with the end of the head pipe cleaner.
  • Using the pen method again wind the pipe cleaner around to make the body.

  • Cut another green pipe cleaner in half then one piece in half again. Use a quarter of the pipe cleaner to make the front legs, and the half piece to make the back legs. Simply fold the pieces in half and push through the body coil. Shape the legs as shown in the pictures.

  • To make the tail wrap a small amount of yellow pipe cleaner around the end of the last quarter piece of green pipe cleaner. Then insert the other end into the back of the body with some Bostik White Glu on the end to keep it secure.

  • Then use the Bostik White Glu to stick on some googley eyes onto the head.
  • To make the wings, fold the last green pipe cleaner as shown, and cut off the last 2 sections. Glue these to a piece of foam sheet. If you dont have foam then a sheet of stiff card will do.

  • When completely dry, cut out your wings and glue them onto the body, pushing the ends between the pipe clenaer coils.
  • When completely dry he (or she) is ready to be played with. The good thing about using pipe cleaners in the wings is that they can be carefully positioned. You can obviously make your dragon using all sorts of different colour variation, and I love the fact that although I’ve used the same method, no two dragons that i’ve made are the same.

  • So what do you think of our Pipe Cleaner Dragons? Have you made any creatures from pipe cleaners before?

    Pipe Cleaner Dragon PIn

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    Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies for the purpose of this post as part of our role as #BostikBloggers.


  • Katie June 8, 2018 at 10:11 am

    These are super cute and look so easy to make! #KidsandKreativity

  • Gemma - Mummy's Waisted June 11, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Awww look at them, so cute! Think I might need a few practice attempts before making them with the kids though!! #kidsandkreativity

  • The SEN Resources Blog June 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Love these! We’ve got a lot of pipe cleaners so I might have a go at this with the kids #kidskreativity

  • Malin June 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Super cute dragons!! And I’m so sorry for my late commenting Gaaah…. xx #KidsandKreativity

  • Helena June 22, 2018 at 9:11 am

    These are lovely. So bright and colourful. #KidsandKreativity

  • bob the jojo January 19, 2019 at 7:27 am

    these are gorgeous!!! although, i’m just some random person looking for something cool to do with like 3 and a half pipe cleaners, so can someone explain why everybody ends there comment with #KidsandKreativity?

    • Kerry January 20, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      It was featured in one of my linky parties for bloggers, so people that comment through that use the hashtag #KidsandKreativity. Thanks for dropping by!

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  • Karen June 12, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    These are FANTASTIC! I think pipe-cleaners are such an under used medium…but so fun!
    These would be a perfect craft to do at a Knight/Dragon/Princess party don’t you think?
    If your kiddo & pals enjoy dragon themed games take a peek at “Dragon Quest Adventure” on my website.
    Wishing you a wonderful day!

    • Kerry June 17, 2021 at 9:40 am

      Thank you, yes we love using pipe cleaners as they are so verstaile and easy for children of all ages to use.

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