11 Crafts For Kids Who Love Bugs
It's the creepy-crawlies' world, we're just living in it!
Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns
Springtime means springtime crafts, and while there's absolutely nothing wrong with sun crafts, gardening crafts, or Easter crafts, sometimes you want something a little bit more earthy—a little bit more outdoorsy. Sometimes you want to celebrate the triumphant return of the planet's true heroes: Bugs!
Without these creepy crawly little pollinators, soil aerators, pest controllers, and waste eliminators, Earth would be a much less pleasant place to live. You might normally try to keep insects out of the house, but these cool bug crafts might just be the exception to the rule. Salute the almighty bug with DIY projects for anyone who loves (or at least appreciates) insects!
Easy Peasy and Fun
Have a very big caterpillar fan at home? This easy pom-pom caterpillar craft from Easy Peasy and Fun will be right up their alley. The best part about this craft it's super simple, which makes it a fun project for kids of all ages. To upgrade your caterpillar project, cut out a piece of green paper to look like a leaf and give your little creature a home. You can even punch little holes in the leaf to show where the hungry creature has been nibbling.
Our Kid Things
Even if you're not a big fan of bugs, these adorable yarn wrapped bugs may just change your mind. The big-eyed insects are made using a toilet paper roll, pipe cleaners, and a bunch of colorful yarn. To take this project up a notch for older kids, see if they can replicate real life bugs using the yarn. Have them print out pictures of specific insects and see if they can match the colors to replicate the bug.
Crafts by Amanda
Channel the good luck vibes of ladybugs with this twirling ladybug DIY project. Follow the instructions over on Crafts By Amanda to see how to put together and decorate the ladybugs. Then, hang them up and watch them twirl in the wind! If the weather isn’t great outside, hang them in the house or from the ceiling in your bedroom and give them a spin to show off their wings.
Plastic Spoon Bugs
Crafts by Amanda
It's usually not the best when you find a large collection of bugs around the house, but it's totally find when they're made out of plastic spoons! Crafts By Amanda walks you step-by-step through how to turn a basic plastic spoon into a very unassuming bug that’s hanging out on a leaf. These are definitely the type of bugs that you won’t mind keeping inside your house.
Popsicle Stick Love Bugs
I Heart Crafty Things
These little love bugs might be especially welcome on Valentine’s Day, but they are truly adorable any time of the year. The endearing creatures are not particularly creepy or crawly like your typical bug — maybe because they are gleaming with glitter. Head on over to I Heart Crafty Things to see how you can make these cute bugs and share all the love.
Recycled Lid Bugs
Little Pinch of Perfect
Want to incorporate a little bit of upcycling into your next craft project? This bug recycled lid project takes recycled jar lids and repurposes them into playful bugs that will instantly bring a smile to your face. Don’t worry if you don’t have the right sized lids, either. Mix and match whatever is in your recycling bin and get creative with it.
Easter Egg Lightning Bugs
A Few Shortcuts
If you celebrate Easter, you probably have some plastic eggshells rattling around the house somewhere. Put them to use with this lightning bug craft to create little winged creatures that actually light up. Along with the plastic eggshells, you’ll need pipe cleaners, tin foil, glue, googly eyes, and a tea light to give the lighting bugs their shine. With this craft project, you can have lighting bugs all year round, not just in the summertime. (And if you liked this one, we've got more plenty more Easter crafts and egg-carton crafts to go along with it).
Cute Ant Colony
Blue Bear Wood
Don’t panic when you see this colony of ants traveling around the house! This DIY ant colony project is a little more technical than your basic DIY craft project, making it perfect for older kids who love bugs. The ants are also covered in crafting sand instead of basic paint, giving them a unique texture and feel. Head on over to Blue Bear Wood to see all of the details.
Fingerprint Bug Jar
Messy Little Monsters
This is one jar of bugs that you will want to keep on the fridge. Messy Little Monsters makes it easy to get started with a jar template. Set up a clean area full of ink pads and some wet paper towels to keep the mess at a minimum, then dip your fingertips into the different color inks to make a collection of bugs. Use red for ladybugs, yellow for bees, and purple for spiders. You can even mix and match different colors to make your own species of bugs.
DIY Paper Bugs
Tell Love and Party
This free-form paper bug craft lets the creativity of your favorite little entomologist take wing: Cut out the paper to make wings, antennas, and legs, then decorate them however you would like. Check out the details on Tell Love And Party.
No-Sew Sock Worms
One Little Project
This no-sew sock worm craft upcycles a pair of old socks to transform them into groovy, snuggly little worm stuffie. Choose different colored socks to make a fun family of worms. Head to One Little Project to see how to make a no-sew worm of your own.
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