Follow these simple steps to create pipe cleaner maple leaves in time to celebrate Canada Day! A great craft for both adults and kids.

Pipe Cleaner Maple Leaves Craft


If you are Canadian, then you already know why 2017 is a BIG year. This year, Canada is 150 years old: #Canada150!

Here in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, this is a pretty big deal and I am glad it is. I am a very proud Canadian and I am happy to have been born and raised here. This country stands for many things that I believe in and has a beauty all its own.

While I usually skip seasonal decorating, Canada Day is one holiday I acknowledge through my decor. I want to show my pride and will happily paint my house in red and white to celebrate (okay, maybe the whole house would be a bit much). So each year I decorate my house with the most recognizable Canadian symbol: the maple leaf!

Craft Challenge

What does this all have to do with crafts? Well, that maple leaf became my inspiration for this month’s craft challenge.

During my live video at the beginning of the month, I randomly selected pipe cleaners for my Craft Challenge material. I felt stuck for ideas because everything I could think of was kid oriented, and I have no kids and don’t really want to share many children activities here. It just isn’t me.

But I came to realize, while often child themed, pipe cleaner crafts often are just shapes. Shapes don’t have to be butterflies and caterpillars and bumblebees like I was seeing on Pinterest. A maple leaf is a shape. I can make pipe cleaner maple leaves!

Pipe Cleaner Maple Leaves

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

So, I started bending the pipe cleaners to try to make a maple leaf. As any Canadian knows, this is no simple task thanks to the multitude of points you need to make. In the end, it actually only took me three testing pieces before I was happy with the measurements.

I was ecstatic! Not only did I create pipe cleaner maple leaves, but they are easily made and used by both kids and adults.

In the photos, you will see only a few pipe cleaner maple leaves. I ran out of time to make more because I was travelling and working on my new career website. But I plan to make a bunch of these and turn them into bunting for my mantle like I did with duct tape last year.

Pipe Cleaner Crafts - Maple Leaves

You can use the leaves for bunting like I will be, or use them for a variety of other projects. Here are some ideas:

  • Make a mini Canadian flag by sewing or glueing a red pipe cleaner maple leaf to white felt and adding red felt to either side.
  • Place a bunch of the leaves around your dining table for extra themed decor
  • Leave the stem longer and wrap it around wine glasses for little wine charms, make them with a bunch of colours to identify the glasses for each person.

There are lots of other options too. If you make some pipe cleaner maple leaves share how you use them by tagging me on social media (@apopofred) or emailing me at

DIY Pipe Cleaner Maple Leaves

Pipe Cleaner Maple Leaves

Grab a 12-inch pipe cleaner and fold in half. For this fold and all that follow, be sure to pinch the fold tight or use pliers to create a sharper look.

From the folded tip, measure 1/2 inch and make another fold. Do this to both sides to create the upper most tip of the maple leaf.

Now repeat the following steps for each side of that upper most tip.

  • Measure 1/4 inch and fold.
  • Measure 5/8 inch and fold. This will complete one side of the upper set of points.
  • Measure 1/2 inch and fold.
  • Measure 1/4 inch and fold.
  • Measure 1/2 inch and fold.
  • Measure 1/2 inch and fold.
  • Measure 1/4 inch and fold.
  • Measure 1/2 inch and fold. This will complete one of the middle sets of points.
  • Measure 1/2 inch and fold.
  • Measure 1/2 inch and fold. This will complete one of the lowermost points.
  • Measure 3/4 inch and fold.

Take the remaining ends from both sides and twist them at the 3/4 inch mark that you folded them to. This will create the stem.

Fold over the stem if it is too long retwist.

Want more craft inspiration?

Check out the other bloggers participating in the scrap busting Craft Challenge this year! We are all working on using up our craft stashes by making a new craft tutorial each month. Here are their most recent posts.

Mary from So Much Love, Mary: T-Shirt Refashion with Lace
Martha from The Art in Martha: Knitted T-Shirt Yarn Organizer
Megan from Make Something Mondays: DIY Drawstring Gift Bag
Heather from Shiftmama: Quick Herb Planters
Vanessa from Social Stampers: DIY Signs for Everything
Carin from the Eclectic Soapbox: Coming Soon
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Bead and Tassel Necklace for Kids
Deb from Lumina Spirit: Knit and Crochet Markers

Pipe Cleaner Maple Leaves: Let’s Celebrate #Canada150!
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