Pompom Caterpillars

by Adina Frid

This is a relatively simple arts & crafts project using colorful pompoms, pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks. With some guidance and/or modeling, a child can make his/her own caterpillar.


  • popsicle sticks
  • small pompoms
  • 1 large pompom
  • pipe cleaners
  • googly eyes
  • glue


Select 1 large pompom for the head and several small pompoms for the body. (The child can choose a color pattern or use random colors.)

Squeeze a bit of glue on one end of the popsicle stick.

Stick the large pompom on the glue, as the head.

Cut 4 2-inch pieces of pipe cleaner for the legs.

Glue the middle of each pipe cleaner piece to the stick at 1-inch intervals. When dry, bend the pieces around the stick to create legs.

Squeeze a line of glue along the popsicle stick.

Place the small pompoms in a row along the line of glue.

Allow the glue to dry.

Glue 2 googly eyes on the head of the caterpillar.

Cut 2 1-inch pieces of a pipe cleaner for the antennae.

Glue the antennae to the top of the large pompom. (This is best done using a glue gun.) Bend the ends of the antennae.


When gluing crafts materials to make these projects, I recommend using a hot glue gun. The glue dries very quickly and is a very strong adhesive. HOWEVER, this is not a tool for a child to use, and can in fact burn your own fingers as well. Use with caution!