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Egg Carton Insects

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My daughter likes bugs. We make bug crafts often, so forgive the repeated insect theme. We do however always craft them out of different materials & tonight was a new one for our insect crafts. We had a lot of pre-cut egg carton sections just waiting to be used. Mai started painting her insects while I cooked this evening. She painted a lot of them, so we needed to make a few.

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After she painted them we let them dry.

For our bumble bee, we used a yellow section & painted black lines around the outside for the striping. We used a medium sized pom pom for the head & added in googly eyes. We formed the antennae & wings out of pipe cleaners.

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Our lady bug was made with a red painted section dotted with black paint. I also dotted a red pipe cleaner for the wings. Add a head & antennae with eyes to this pretty little insect as well.

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We had a few other sections in assorted colors. We combined these to form a butterfly. We used a pipe cleaner glued through the center of the four sections for the body. We added a sparkly pom pom for the head, followed with a striped pipe cleaner for our antennae. When each of these was glued into place, we added a pipe cleaner outline on each side to form the wings.

Egg Carton Butterfly

 

We used our final section, which Mai painted black to form a spider. We used 4 pipe cleaners to form the 8 legs & added another pom pom head & eyes. All in all I think that they came out very cute. Mai agreed.

 

Egg Carton Insects

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Pom Pom Pets

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Craft Pom pom insects - an adorable spring or summer crafts for kids

 

I love our family weekends. Every six weekends the stars align & my husband & I have a full weekend off together. Saturday was a gorgeous day. We took Mai on an outing to the zoo. She loved every second and we got to enjoy a rare family day together.

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We had more fun plans scheduled for Sunday. We were going to take Mai to a local fair, but alas the rain came & it was a gloomy day filled with thunderstorms & flash flood warnings. We did not go to the fair that day, but rainy days can be fun days too. It had been a while since we had done any of our crafts because we have been so busy enjoying the summer. I have to admit, I was kind of excited to stay in and have a rainy day craft day with my daughter & my husband was happy to get a much needed nap.

Mai loves playing with craft pom poms. We have a huge bag of multi-colored & multi-sized pom poms. We broke them out & decided to have some fun. My daughter is a fan of insects, especially caterpillars. She likes to line up the balls & make caterpillars with them.

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She said “Mama make a caterpillar too.” & that is how it all started.

Pom Pom Pets

What you will need:

Craft pom poms

Pipe cleaners

Googly eyes

Glue

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Caterpillar

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Separate your pom poms & select 1 large, 2 medium sized & 3 small pom poms. Add glue to one of them
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Join the craft ball to one from the other size group. Continue this step alternating from small to medium until you use all the balls.
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Clip a pipe cleaner to make antennas.
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Add the antennas & googly eyes. Let dry.
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Cut a piece of pipe cleaner and fold into a zig zag pattern. Glue the caterpillar over the top.

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Spider 

Cut three small pieces of pipe cleaner and fold into and arc shape.
Cut three small pieces of pipe cleaner and fold into and arc shape.
Press the arced pipe cleaner into the craft ball & bend the edges of the pipe cleaners.
Press the arced pipe cleaner into the craft ball & bend the edges of the pipe cleaners. Repeat with the other two pipe cleaner pieces.

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Glue the head into place & add googly eyes . Let dry.

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Lady Bug

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Use one large pom pom & several small black ones. Glue the black ones to the red pom pom. Attach a medium sized black for the head.
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Form a pipe cleaner into wing shape. Glue the wings on the top of the body & add the googly eyes to the head.

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Ant

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Mai put in a special request for an ant since she loves ants.
This is any easy one. 1 medium craft ball & 2 small. Attach all 3 together. Glue on top of a pipe cleaner using the same zig zag pattern as in the caterpillar.
This is an easy one. 1 medium craft ball & 2 small. Attach all 3 together. Glue on top of a pipe cleaner using the same zig zag pattern as in the caterpillar. Let dry.
Mai pets her ant.
Mai pets her ant.

Grass Hopper

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Glue one medium sized ball to a large one. Cut two pipe cleaner pieces for the hind legs & fold into a v shape.
Glue the legs into place & allow to dry.
Glue the legs into place & allow to dry.
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Cut 2 more pieces of pipe cleaner & fold into an arc shape.
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Glue underneath for front legs & add googly eyes. Let dry.

It was my daughter that cleverly named our insects her pom pom pets. She loved them & even wanted to take them to take a nap with her.

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