May 8, 2012
A paper insect comes to life when it is attached to some flexible wire and bounces from a stick. This toy can be assembled in just a few steps and is made easy with a printable coloring page. My kids had a little too much fun “bugging” each other with their insects, so you may want to take the finished product outdoors. This is my latest craft contribution for Bloesem Kids, which is always an inspirational trove of beautiful kids crafts like this mini viewfinder!
You will need:
printout or drawing of insect
long wooden dowl
washi or other colored tape
copper jewelry wire, medium/light thickness
spray paint (optional)
Step 1: Draw a favorite insect (butterfly, dragonfly, ladybug, etc.) or print out from template. Click to download the Butterfly (PDF) or Dragonfly (PDF). Color and cut out. I like how Dax petered out halfway with his green dragonfly and called it quits to play with Legos instead.
Optional step: Spray paint dowl and let dry. I used a lime green color.
Step 2: Cut off an 18″ piece of wire.
Step 3: Poke a small hole about 1/4″ down from the top of the butterfly/dragonfly head. Thread wire through hole and tape down.
Step 4: Tape a popsicle stick to the backside of paper insect to weigh it down. The butterfly body is shorter, so using scissors, cut off a 1.5″ piece from a popsicle stick and tape to backside. Fold insect wings up along popsicle stick. Adjust the wire by bending it where it meets the top of insect.
Step 5: Wrap wire end near the end tip of dowl and secure with washi tape.
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