You can make their arms and legs assume all sorts of funny shapes, but follow the same rules to make all the little people. Three pipe cleaners are needed.
Two pipe cleaners are put side to side in even lengths. Twist them around each other, starting one-third from top, ending one-third from bottom.
Bend arms and legs into any shape you like.
Twist a pipe cleaner twice around the tip of your index finger. Loop the end of the cleaner under each arm, to form the head.
If you want to dress them up, you can use ribbon or crepe paper bows on hair, neck, or make little skirts.