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Bug Season is Here. Let’s Craft a Bug Party!

By Brenda Ponnay

It’s that time of year again. Time to make sure you have screens on your windows and citronella candles on your patio. But if you’re like us, you love bugs. Especially butterflies and caterpillars. We don’t love the flies and mosquitos quite as much.

We thought it would be fun to make some buggy crafts that might come in handy for bug-themed birthday parties or just an afternoon of it’s-almost-summer fun.

Bug Crafts (Butterfly Clip + Caterpillar Bracelet) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

What do you need for making bugs? Not much!

Supplies for this Bug Craft

1. Chenille stems
2. self-adhesive googly eyes
3. tissue paper
4. beads
5. imagination!
6. hair clips (optional)

Some tools that might help along the way:
1. wire cutters
2. a pencil for wrapping chenille stems around for curling
3. scissors

Bug Crafts (Butterfly Clip + Caterpillar Bracelet) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Tutorial for Bug Crafts

To make a butterfly, simply snip a chenille stem in half. Bend that piece it in half. Then slip a small rectangle of tissue paper between the two stems. Slide a bead over the two open ends and crinkle the paper down to create two wings. Curl your ends like antennae and add eyes to the bead. If you want to make a butterfly clip, just slide a hair clip through the butterfly’s chenille stem body on the back side, clip to your hair and ta-da! Butterfly clip!

Bug Crafts (Butterfly Clip + Caterpillar Bracelet) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

To make a caterpillar bracelet, first make a bracelet by twisting two chenille stems together and clasping at the ends so it can circle your wrist. Be careful to bend all pokey wire bits tightly back around so they don’t scrape your skin. Then create your butterfly again like we described above but instead of adding tissue paper for wings, skip that step. Add eyes to your bead and curl the antennae. Then use another chenille stem to wrap around the body. It will look like stripes on your caterpillar and double as a way to attach to the bracelet.

Then wear and enjoy!

Brenda Ponnay
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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Comments

  • Great makes, they look so pleased with them  🙂