Back to School Crafts: Pipe Cleaner Pencil Toppers

Back to School Crafts - Pipe Cleaner Pencil Toppers

It seems like summer break just started, and here we are talking about back to school crafts already. When my son was in grade school it seemed like he could never hold onto his pencils. These pipe cleaner pencil toppers sure would have come in handy back them. Now my nieces will benefit from what I have learned. I wonder which they will like better… the book worm or the butterfly?

Bookworm Pencil Topper

Bookworm Pencil Topper

green pipe cleaner
2 small googly eyes
craft glue

1. Twirl pipe-cleaner around the pencil, working your way up.

2. Double back the pipe-cleaner twice over at the end to form the head of the worm.

3. Adhere googly eyes with craft glue.

4. You have a bookworm pencil!

Back to School Crafts - Butterfly Pencil Topper

Butterfly Pencil Topper

2 pipe cleaners in contrasting colors.

1. Start by bending one end of a Chenille stem into a bow shape with one end longer than the other. Wind the short end around the loop to secure.

2. Make two more big loops with the other end of the chenille and then wind the end around the loops to secure.

Back to School Crafts Butterfly Pencil Topper Step by Step

3. To make the antennae cut a pipe cleaner in half. Fold in half and roll up the ends. Secure the antennae to the body with a twisting action.

4. Use the other half of the pipe cleaner to wind around the center of the butterfly once or twice then continue to wind around the pencil.

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  1. Adorable! Pinning so I can do these with my son!

  2. We’ve done the bookworm before. The butterfly looks neat, too!

  3. Sarah L says:

    Butterfly is prettier, but I bet the worm lasts longer on the pencil.

  4. That little bookworm reminds me of a pencil topper I paid for in elementary school. How silly of me when I could have made one just as cute?!

  5. Adorable! And I love that it’s an inexpensive and easy-to-do craft!

  6. I happen to have pipe cleaners and google eyes. Thanks for the activity idea!

  7. Those are so creative and adorable…I love your crafts!

  8. Wow a cute idea. My son would definitely love the googly eye bookworm one. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from GrowingUPMadison

  9. The butterfly is awesome!

  10. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    the little googly eyes make this so cute! a great way to decorate and dress up a simple little pencil

  11. Those are adorable!

  12. These are so cute!

  13. Love the bookworm one, so cute and simple to do!

  14. These are so cute! My daughter would love them.

  15. Tammy S says:

    These are so cute! I love the butterfly. My daughter will love making these. Thanks for sharing.

  16. SO cute! I’ll definitely have to do this with my daughter before school starts

  17. These are adorable. What a fun and simple idea… with one of these in their book bag, any kid would be happy to go back to school.

  18. These brought back memories from my childhood!

  19. That would be a really good ‘break the ice’ first day of school project.

  20. We are always on the lookout for fun and simple crafts. I love the idea of using pipe cleaners for these pencil toppers.

  21. Those are too cute and super simple.

  22. OMG those are too cute!!!

  23. These are cute little pencil toppers . Get some ready for this years school year. They are easy to make and all the kids can do their own thing with them. thanks for the information.

  24. kymi (@kymnasium) says:

    These are such a great idea for party favors and for everyday use too, the kids won’t lose them so fast when they make their own creation too. Thank you for sharing a great post.

  25. Michelle F. says:

    So cute. Love the butterfly.

  26. These are adorable, thank you for sharing.


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