December 14, 2010

Pipe Cleaner Teddy Bear



I found this Teddy Bear tutorial a few years ago at my local craft shop Joh Se Winkel. Now having the blog, I just couldn't resist sharing it. So here is the tutorial and pictures:


Take one pipe cleaner (the thicker, fluffier ones work better) and cut off 6cm. These are the ears. Then cut off 10cm (the arms). You will be left with 14cm (the legs).


Bend each end of the 6cm piece to the middle and then do the same for the 10cm piece and the 14cm piece. After bending the 14cm piece, bend it down into the shape of an upside down "V".


Take the second uncut pipe cleaner and make a tiny loop at the top. (It looks like a long walking stick). Put the ears into the loop and fold the pipe cleaner twice over the middle of the ears. Then continue folding the pipe cleaner over, but once to the side (of the middle) and then to the other side. You have now created the face. If you lift the ears, the little face will show.


Put the arms under the chin and put the legs directly under the arms. Bend the remaining pipe cleaner over the legs and over the one shoulder and then repeat over the other shoulder until the pipe cleaner is finished. Tuck the end of the pipe cleaner in somewhere. Lastly add the eyes and nose carefully (otherwise there is glue all over the face) and dress as you please! :)



I made some teddies today with some eight year old friends and they managed to get it right (with just a little help). So this is a nice fine-motor activity for older kiddos.

I hope you found this easy to follow and will be making some of your own.

PS. I'm linking this to: 

11 comments:

Joyfulmama said...

I was still teaching grade 7 when I picked up my own copy of Joh's teddy bear pattern and my class and I made hundreds of these together - they are very addictive! I love how each teddy seems to have it's own 'expression', depending on the tilt of its head or the length of its snout. Thanks for sharing this again - my paper pattern is pretty worn by now, so your lovely tutorial is fresh inspiration!

mermaid said...

Oh, I love these teddy bears! Will be making some for our dollshouse dollies to cuddle :)

Megan said...

I would not have guessed that he was made from pipe cleaners! He looks so fuzzy and cute. What a great idea. I can see myself making a whole herd of these in various colors!

Celiah Ann said...

This Teddy is so cute. Andy and I are making some asap! Thanks for the great, clear tutorial.

maggy, red ted art said...

Oh my, this is just too cute! Can't believe you made it out of a pipe cleaner!!


I would LOVE for you to join us at Kids Get Crafty -with and for children -(every Wednesday on Red Ted Art) - current link up http://www.redtedart.com/2010/12/15/kids-get-crafty-christmas-baubles/

Hope to see you there!

Maggy

Caz said...

Oh my gosh - cute x 10! Love this, you would never guess in that fist picture that he was made from pipecleaners. Your photography is gorgeous as always!

Km said...

Absolutely precious!!!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

How cute! I am saving a photo to remember to do this with my kiddos. Thanks for adding it to the Christmas Party!

Jill said...

OK, this is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Your ideas and crafts always amaze me!

mermaid said...

I remember seeing these last year!!! Love the wings. I can see you have made them from little pipecleaner pieces.. should try this one too. I made them using one long pipecleaner.

Carly Smith said...

They look really cute

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