- 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
dull knife, plastic container, scissors, paintbrushes, black marker, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)
- 1. Adults, help kids when using knife.
- 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!
- 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.