Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Make Your Own Bug Catchers with the Kids

make a bug catcherNature Bound Bug Hunter Set
Make your own bug catchers with items you find around the house.
These are for temporarily looking at your bugs at a close range and learning more about them as you explore the outdoors.
The bug necklace is to use for looking at ladybugs, the juice bottle is a great observation item, the butterfly observatory is great for watching the butterflies, the bug hotel is something the bugs will enjoy all summer long, and the summer bug catcher is fun for the long summer vacation.
Materials Needed

  • Scissors, ruler
  • 6-1/2-inch square of black fiberglass insect screening
  • Wire cutters
  • 22-gauge lime-green wire
  • Empty plastic mayonnaise jar
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paints: black, orange, yellow
  • Wood cutouts: two 1-3/8x2-5/8-inch ovals; one 1-3/8x2-1/2-inch teardrop
  • Brush-on glitter paint: black, orange, yellow
  • White crafts glue
  • Two 10-millimeter oval wiggle eyes
  • Hot-glue gun, glue sticks
  • Instructions:

    1. Cut a 6-1/2-inch-diameter circle from the insect screening.
    2. Use the wire cutters to cut a 24-inch length of wire. Weave the wire through the screening about 1-inch from the edge, the stitches should be about 1/2 inch long.
    3. Add the screen on top of the jar, and begin to tighten the wire around the jar rim. Twist the wire ends together to secure it. Coil the ends.
    4. Paint both sides of the wood ovals black, the rounded third of the teardrop orange, and the remaining two-thirds of the teardrop yellow to make the lightning bug wings and body. Let dry.
    5. Paint one side of all three wood pieces with the corresponding color glitter paint. Let dry.
    6. Use crafts glue to attach the wings to the body, glitter sides up. Glue wiggle eyes over the edge of the orange head. With an adult's help, hot-glue the lightning bug to the jar's side.

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