Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

When I was planning Lincoln's Octonauts birthday party, I knew I wanted some sort of craft for the kids to do. I went back and forth between this idea (a Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner craft) and a Paper Plate Aquarium, but the anemone ultimately required less prep, so it was the one we chose! My kids love sea creatures, so I thought it would be really fun to make an anemone - I knew they would use it after the party to play with their ocean themed toys!

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft
Supplies Needed: 
-Pipe Cleaners in whatever colors you choose (about 50-60 per anemone)
-Small, Round Plastic Canvas (I used 3")
-Scissors

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

1. Cut all the pipe cleaners in half. You could leave them full length, or you could cut them in various lengths...for the sake of time, I cut mine all the same.




Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

2. Insert each end of one piece of pipe cleaner through one side of the plastic canvas, pull tight, and twist to hold in place. See photos below for further visuals. I

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

3. Continue in this manner, filling the spaces closely. I found that the overall look of the anemone was fuller and more realistic when I used almost every hole in the canvas versus skipping over them to use fewer pipe cleaners.

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

Below: an example of what the bottom of a canvas looks like when a four-year-old actually makes the craft. It still turns out really cute - just not as full!

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

4. Continue to fill in the spaces until all have been covered. 

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

5. Arrange as desired and enjoy!

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

Our anemones were a big hit. My kids think they're cool, and they loved the sensory-friendly craft project.

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

Bonus piece of info which can double as a warning: anemones sting and it turns out that pipe cleaners have a stinging effect when exposed as they are in this craft. The kids and I actually think it's more realistic and cool, but some people may not agree with us!

Director Jewels: Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft for Under the Sea (Octonauts, Bubble Guppies, Little Mermaid) Party. Birthday Ideas at directorjewels.com

I'm dreaming up more unusual sea creature crafts...what should we make next?!

5 comments:

  1. So cute! Where did you get the "plastic canvas" for the base?

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  2. Mine came from Hobby Lobby. I think any craft store should have them - but you can also get them on Amazon.

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  3. This is so cool. They look really prety.

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