How to Make DNA With Pipe Cleaners & Pony Beads

Make DNA With Pipe Cleaners & Pony Beads
••• Photo by Elizabeth Holli Wood, Diagram with help by Gen Dick

Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is the building block of organisms, so it's no surprise it would be an important part of scientific understanding. A helpful way to better understand the nature of DNA is to understand how DNA strands are formed and what they look like. With pipe cleaners and pony beads, you can create a helpful model for study.

    Cut two pipe cleaners into 6-inch lengths. Alternate stringing pink and white pony beads on each pipe cleaner until you have 17 beads on each. Fold back the excess length of pipe cleaner to hold the beads in place. These will be the strands of your DNA.

    Cut the remaining pieces of pipe cleaner into eight 2 1/2-inch strips. String four pieces with pairs of purple and yellow. String the remaining four pieces of pipe cleaner with pairs of red and green. These will form your base pairs.

    Twist your base pair pieces around the strands of your DNA to attach. Position each base pair horizontally and evenly around your strands. Make sure to attach these identically on both sides so that your pink and white beads match up. Hot glue your pieces in place if desired.

    Twist your strands to form your DNA into a double helix.

    Things You'll Need

    • Four pipe cleaners, any color
    • 50 pony beads: 17 in pink, 17 in white, four red, four yellow, four purple and four green

Related Articles

How to Make a DNA Model Using Pipe Cleaners
How to Make a DNA Model With Popsicle Sticks
How to Build a DNA Molecule School Project
How to Label a DNA Structure
How to Make a 3-D DNA Model for High School Biology
How to Make DNA Models of Paper Clips
What Are Twisted Strands of DNA in the Nucleus of the...
How Does Having Two of Each Kind of Chromosome Affect...
How to Make a Plant Cell Model Step-by-Step
How to Make DNA Models Using Paper
What Materials Can I Use to Make a DNA Model?
What Is the Dominant Phenotype?
What Are the Subunits of DNA?
How to Make an RNA & a DNA Model
How to Build a DNA Model Out of Toothpicks
Nucleic Acid Facts
What Does Chemical Analysis Reveal About DNA?
How to Change Mixed Numbers Into Improper Fractions
How to Make LEGO DNA Models
Test Your Knowledge on Middle School Science