Papier-Mâché Bugs

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 6"

  • Papier-Mâché Bugs


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 6”
  • Plastic-covered wire, 18-gauge, 24” lengths: orange, green
  • Black screen material, 9”x11”, two
  • Newspaper strips, 1”


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Calypso Blue, Olive Green, Wild Orchid, Royal Fuchsia, Pumpkin, Cadmium Yellow, White Wash, Lamp Black
  • DecoArt Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • dull knife, plastic container, scissors, paintbrushes, black marker, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - Papier-Mâché Bugs

  • Note
  • 1. Adults, help kids when using knife.
  • Bugs
  • 1. Use dull knife to cut foam ball in half. Use one half for one bug.
  • 2. In plastic container, mix one part glue with two parts water. Cut 1"-wide newspaper strips. Dip newspaper strips in glue mixture and wrap around bugs, covering completely. Smooth strips. Let dry overnight.
  • 3. On covered work surface, paint one bug Calypso Blue and Olive Green and other bug Royal Fuchsia and Pumpkin. Let dry. Paint 1/2" Wild Orchid stripes or 1/2" Cadmium Yellow circles on bugs.
  • 4. Paint eyes White Wash and pupils Lamp Black. Let dry. Dot pupils White Wash using paintbrush handle.
  • 5. Use black marker to draw line down center of bugs. Apply sealer onto bugs. Let dry.
  • 6. Print out pattern. Cut two wings for each bug from black screen material.
  • 7. Measure and cut two 24" wire lengths. Wrap wire length around center of bug; twist wire ends together on top. Position two wings on top of bug; twist wire ends around wings to secure. For antennae, curl wire ends over front of bugs.
  • 8. Hang bugs in garden, display on a bench, or enjoy as a patio table centerpiece!
  • Tip
  • 1. Create other fun critters like a caterpillar by adhering three circles together, a bee by painting yellow and black stripes, or a ladybug by painting red with black dots.