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Monday, July 29, 2013

Make Your Own Firefly!

What a blast we’ve had this summer with backyard cookouts at sundown and spirited attempts to catch glowing bugs right out of the evening air with bare hands to create our own personal nightlights in a jar! Here is a summer craft to capture those glowing memories of summer one last time before school buses buzz the kiddos off to other enlightening pursuits.

  • 20 oz. well-cleaned plastic bottles with caps (green and clear are best)
  • 12-inch pipe cleaners (green, brown, black, and gold) for legs and antennae
  • Construction paper for wings
  • Glitter/glitter glue
  • Beads or buttons for eyes
  • One glow stick per bottle
  • Glue
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors
Bend three green, black, or brown pipe cleaners around middle of bottle. Twist together... secure, and bend into legs. Cut rectangle of construction paper slightly shorter than circumference of bottle, wrapping almost around bottle, ending where the legs start. Glue to secure. Cut wing shapes from construction paper and glue onto outside paper band on bottle. Squirt glitter glue dots and swirls onto the wings. Sprinkle glitter on before glue dries.

Glue beads or buttons onto the screwed-on bottlecaps for eyes. Wrap a 12-inch gold pipe cleaner around neck of bottle, twisting to secure, and curling ends for lightning bug’s antennae.

Crack glow stick to activate it and tape to secure top end of glow stick near inside mouth of each bottle. Sprinkle loose glitter inside bottle. Screw cap on tightly. Summer glow!


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