Summer craft idea — glow bugs


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Supplies

Plastic Easter egg
Pipe cleaners
Wiggle eyes
Electric tea light candle
1.5-inch-wide ribbon
Scissors (wire edge works best)
Thumbtack
Craft glue
Sharpie
Tweezers (optional)

1. Use thumbtack to push three holes in each side of large portion of the plastic egg for pipe cleaner legs. Then use the tack to create two more holes on top of the small side of the egg for antennae. Finally, use the tack to make one more holes on the top center of the egg for wings.

2. For the legs, cut the pipe cleaner into six equal pieces around 3-3.5 inches each. Insert into the holes and use tweezers to pull from inside if necessary. Pull through about a quarter-inch and bend each inside to keep in place. Then bend pipe cleaners to resemble legs.

3. To make the antennae, insert 4-inch pipe cleaners into the two holes on top of the egg and bend inside to keep in place. Once inserted, wrap the pipe cleaner around a pen or your finger to curl ends.

4. For wings, cut a piece of ribbon around 12 inches and form a loop. Pinch in the middle to form a bow tie, wrap with a small piece of pipe cleaner and twist tightly, leaving about a half-inch for wing attachment. Insert into wing hole and bend inside to secure in place.

5. Use craft glue to attach wiggle eyes and then use Sharpie to draw a smile.

6. Now that your bug is complete it's ready to glow! Insert the electric tea light into the large portion of the egg with bulb facing away from the head. Turn on and snap egg closed. Find a dark corner or head outside at dusk with your glow bug!

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