Insect crafts are always a hit for the spring and summer. This transforming insect craft is so cute and simple to make.
This is an easy craft that is fun to make and even funner to play with. Transform a ladybug or a bumble bee into a colorful butterfly with just a twist of the wrist. Here’s how…
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What you will need:
Black & white Sharpie
Optional: googly eyes
Print out the free printable template or make a design of your own.
Use the body template to cut a body out of a piece of black construction paper. Use the wing template to cut out several pairs of different colored wings. Cut out at least two pairs and make sure that one of the pairs is red to form the ladybug wings. We cut out 12 total, six on each side. Depending on the thickness of your construction paper, you should be able to cut several pieces at a time.
Decorate your wings using a Sharpie. Draw polka dots on the red cut-outs to form the lady bug’s wings. Design the rest of your wings, using the same pattern on each different color pair. Draw a face and any other designs on your insect’s body.
Next, separate your pairs and stack them into two piles. Keep the colors in the same order in both piles and place the red wings on tops.
Push a split pin carefully through each wing down by the pointed end. Leave enough space that it does not rip the edge. Split pins can sometimes be difficult to neatly pop through the paper, if so, carefully use a wooden skewer or toothpick to make your holes. Now poke two holes into both sides of the body. Make your holes at equal levels in the outer middle of the body.
You are now ready to assemble.
Push two split pins into the front of the body and then through each set of wings. Close the split pins off in the back and your transforming insect is ready to go.
Of course, your insect does not have to be a lady bug. Here is a bumble bee/butterfly that we made as well.
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