Make a Pipe Cleaner Princess Costume

Inexpensive, versatile, and comfortably fuzzy, pipe cleaners can be transformed into a host of last-minute costumes, like this princess disguise!

For the Royal Scepter

Royal Highness

Photo by Aaron Dyer

You will need:
11 metallic pipe cleaners
Wooden dowel (ours is 1/4-inch diameter and 13 inches long)
Tacky glue
Metallic pom-pom

1. For the ball, twist three pipe cleaners together at their centers, then spread the loose ends apart. Bend them up to form the ball shape shown and twist the ends together at the top.

2. Fold two pipe cleaners around the base of the ball, then hold them against the length of the dowel so the ball sits on top. Wrap the remaining pipe cleaners around the dowel to cover it and to secure the ball.

3. Glue a pom-pom to the center of the ball.

For the Fancy Crown

Royal Highness

Photo by Aaron Dyer

You will need:
12 metallic pipe cleaners
Tacky glue
8 metallic pom-poms

1. For the base, you'll need two pairs of pipe cleaners. Twist the ends together to form an oval that fits your child's head.

2. At each of four equidistant points on the base, twist on the ends of two pipe cleaners, as shown below.

3. Bend each pipe cleaner into a loop, then twist the free end onto the base.

4. Glue a pom-pom to the base below each of the loops.

For the Signet Ring

You will need:
Metallic pipe cleaner
Tacky glue
Metallic pom-pom

Wrap a pipe cleaner loosely around a finger three times. Twist the ends together, and bend them into a flat circle. Glue a pom-pom onto the circle.

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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