Curly Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Decorations

November 29, 2012Allison Murray
Curly Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Decorations

Today we’re going to snub our noses at expensive Christmas tree decor and make some Curly Pipe Cleaner Christmas Decorations!

Continuing on with yesterday’s theme, I’m going to share with you another fun, cheap and easy way to decorate up your Christmas tree. Perhaps you’re going with a non-traditional theme (like neon) and it is difficult to find decor to work. Or maybe you want a new look by adding something on the cheap.

Either way, I’ve got you covered. I bought a total of 6 packages of pipe cleaners for approximately $2.50 a pack. Then I got to down curling the heck out of these things. It’s really easy:


We liked bulky sprays so we took ten cleaners total and wrapped the bottom two inches or so and spun them around together. They tightly wound up and held together easily.

Then, take your finger and wrap each cleaner around it individually. Keep the coils tight until ready to use.

fun pipe cleaner tree topper DIY - Dream a Little Bigger

Initially the plan was to have them as sprays, sticking out of the tree all crazy. But we also made our pom garland from yesterday and some neon paper chain (we used neon cardstock from Dollar General for $0.75 a pack and used 2) and we started to have a bit much going on. My sister had the genius idea to roll up a piece of paper (left over from chain making) into a cone shape. Then she took a knife and punched x shapes around the cone and shoved in the sprays we made. And voila! This absolutely insane tree topper was born!

Tune in tomorrow for some very basic crochet help!!

Comments (3)

  • Katie

    December 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Love this! I did this to my tree this weekend after seeing it on your blog!!! I used a variety of blues, silvers, and white pipe cleaners. Mine is not quite is big as yours – I used about 250 pipe cleaners and stuffed them in the top of the tree in bunches of 10-15. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Allison Murray

    December 3, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    I bet those colors are really pretty, Katie! I'm so glad that it worked out well for you and I'm sure 250 is more than enough. My sister and I have no sense and don't seem to understand moderation when we're together. :)

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