Colorful Camels

Colorful Camels
Colorful Camels

Make these fun and colorful camels with jumbo pipe cleaners and plastic cups from store bought fruit snacks.

Camels live in the desert regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. They like to eat dates and thorny plants.

Follow the directions below to make these fun and colorful camels!

Supplies you will need for one yellow and red camel (you can change it up, though, and use any color you like):

1 Plastic fruit cup (this one was for Dole pineapples)

2 Wiggle eyes

3 Yellow jumbo size pipe cleaners

1 regular yellow pipe cleaner

Yellow construction paper

Yellow acrylic paint

Colorful Camel Supplies
Colorful Camel Supplies

Red and green curling ribbon

Red and green markers

Sponge brush





Clear tape


First, use the sponge brush to paint the plastic lid with the yellow acrylic paint and set aside to dry.

Next, use the hole-punch to make three holes on one side of the cup, about one inch apart. These holes will be for the front legs and head. Then punch three more holes on the opposite side of the cup for the legs and tail. See the picture or watch the video below for guidance.

Next, thread a jumbo yellow pipe cleaner through the holes on one side of the cup, leaving the middle hole open for the head. Do the same for the opposite side, leaving the middle hole open for the tail. Twist the legs into place and curve the ends forward to form the feet.

Then, take the third jumbo pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Thread it through the remaining hole on the front side. Twist into place and curve the neck down into an “s” shape. Bend the end to form the head.

Next, take the thinner, regular pipe cleaner and cut a length about 3 1/2 inches. Twist through the hole at the back to form the tail.

Then, cut a 5 inch length from the regular pipe cleaner and twist it around the head, looping the ends to from the ears.

Next, glue on the wiggle eyes.

For the blanket, cut a 2 inch by 4 inch rectangle from the yellow paper. Use the markers to draw squiggly lines along the edges and flowers at the corners and in the middle.

Finally, use clear tape to attach curing ribbon on each side of the blanket, about 4 inches in length. Use scissors to score the ribbon into curls. Attach the blanket to the camel’s hump using clear tape.

I hope you enjoy making these fun and colorful camels with your kids!

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