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Chameleon Pipe Cleaner Creature

This lizard began his life as a few skinny pipe cleaners. With help from the kid who shaped him, he grew into a lovable pet. 




This chameleon fits comfortably into a pocket or pencil case, won't make a peep during class, and is easy to take care of: It doesn't need food or water, and it never gets fleas. This creature is made by forming the head out of one pipe cleaner, then slipping a coiled pipe cleaner over it to create the body. For features you can use snippets of other pipe cleaners or of felt. Pipe cleaners were invented to clean the inside of tobacco pipes but, naturally, they'd rather avoid that sooty career, so they're extra loyal when given the opportunity to serve as pets.


  • Pipe cleaners 
  • Marker
  • Felt
  • Glue
  • Small scissors


  1. Step 1

    For the head, make a loop in the middle of a pipe cleaner. The size and shape of the loop determine the size and shape of the head. Wrap head from neck to nose.

  2. Step 2

    For the body, coil a pipe cleaner around a marker (the thicker the marker, the fatter the animal) and slide off.

  3. Step 3

    Leave his tail extra long for curling.

  4. Step 4

    Slip legs between coils, and twist.

  5. Step 5

    Bend knees and feet.

  6. Step 6

    Cut a skinny pipe cleaner for tongue.

  7. Step 7

    Cut felt eyes. Glue on.

  8. Step 8

    Draw pupils with a permanent marker. Slide tongue into the face, and curl end.

Kids Good Things 2006, Volume 2006 Special Issue 2006



Reviews (10)

  • greedyguts 11 Feb, 2012

    I agree. For kids, one picture is worth a thousand words. Pix for each critter, please.

  • AC4evr 9 Feb, 2012

    How about some step-by-step "how to" pictures?

  • lindalalonde 21 Jan, 2012

    Are there pictures of any of them other than the lizard? I want to do this with an after-school group. It's hard to explain to a kid who's never seen a tiger what it is supposed to look like

  • littlemulan 13 Oct, 2010

    I think she uses good quality pipe cleaners, where did you guys get yours? I am looking for fuller chenille ones?

  • CraftPeep 8 Jul, 2010

    really fun i have made a bunch already. everyone wants one and it keeps me busy

  • kniftycraftster123 10 Apr, 2010


  • dylansmommy 16 May, 2008

    So cute! I love that you have craft ideas that boys like too!
    These are cute, afordable and they keep the kids busy for a while!
    Great idea!

  • crafty_r 13 May, 2008

    these are just awesome, we have just gotten into pipe cleaners for crafts and actually found jumbo pipe cleaners...I think they are called Brain Noodles and my kids just love them!

  • knitsteel 28 Feb, 2008

    These will be cute little additions to an Easter basket. The kids will love making them too.

  • ElenaA 19 Jan, 2008

    These just have to be made! Too cute!