How to Make Pipe-Cleaner Button Displayscomments (2) March 28th, 2009
After brainstorming this concept while trying to think of unconventional button projects, I sat down to try out the idea and ended up building four different sculptures—it was so surprisingly fun playing with pipe cleaners, I didn't want to stop! This is obviously a great project to do with kids, but I also recommend it as a craft project to bring out your inner-child-crafter. I felt like I was rediscovering what it was like to make things for fun as a little kid, with nothing but the simple bendy pipe cleaners, a pile of buttons, and my own imagination!
- Pipe cleaners
There really isn't any right or wrong way to do this project—the concept is simply to build a sculpture with the pipe cleaners, with all (or most of) the points sticking out so that you can push buttons onto the tips. You'll need to pay attention to balance—when you add the weight of the buttons, your sculpture may tip over if it's not evenly built and bottom-heavy. There are many ways to go about construction; here is one way...
I got this weaving idea from a Craftypod podcast by CraftStylish blogger Diane Gilleland. (Listen to it while playing with your pipe cleaners for inspiration!) Once you have some woven together, push them all in toward the center to make a more solid base.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery