STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Bouncing Love Bugs

Great for parties camps and classrooms this kid-pleasing craft begins with easy-to-use STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand foam and ends with plenty of delighted giggles. Try them as Christmas ornaments too!
   Completion Time - 
1 hour
   Designer - 
Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls, several of each size: 2-1/2"; 2"; 1"
  • Eggs, 2-1/2", one or two per bug
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: pink; red; white; purple
  • Coordinating craft foam hearts, assorted sizes
  • Coordinating chenille stems
  • Coordinating pom poms, 1/8" (optional)
  • Wiggle eyes, 1/4", one pair per bug
  • White elastic cord

Tools

  • Serrated plastic knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden items: toothpicks; skewers; 1/4" dowel rods
  • Round paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Extra-long straight pins
  • Craft knife (for adult use only)
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

(Notes: Some adult supervision required; read instructionsbefore beginning. Encourage kids to mix and match foam shapesand embellishments to make their own delightfully creative critters.)
  • 1. Place assorted foam balls and eggs in center of worksurface. Refer to photo as assembly guide.

  • 2. Select balls and eggs to use for the head, tail and body.Use serrated plastic knife to cut thin slice from one sideonly of head and tail pieces. Cut a thin slice from oppositeends of each body segment.

  • 3. Glue and twist cut edges of foam pieces together untilsnug. If desired, apply glue along length of a woodentoothpick and push all the way through bug body to securepieces. For feet, cut smallest foam balls in half or usewhole. Let glue dry completely.

  • 4. Insert skewer into bottom of each bug to use as handle.Holding skewer, paint bugs as desired. If using foam balls forfeet and antennae ends, paint these, too. Place skewer inheavy glass or jar to dry. Remove skewer when dry.

  • 5. For wings, refer to photo as guide and glue togetherassorted craft foam hearts. Adult should cut tiny slit in backof bug for wings. Apply dot of glue to slit and insert tips of wings.

  • 6. Cut chenille stem legs and antennae as desired; glue endsinto bodies and heads. Glue craft foam hearts or small foamballs onto opposite ends of legs and antennae.

  • 7. Adult should cut 12" to 18" length from elastic cord andknot one end. Pin knot to bug to determine best placement.Adjust as needed. Use skewer tip to poke small hole into foamby knot. Remove pin and glue knot into hole, using skewer topush it in securely. Let dry completely.

  • 8. Tie free end of elastic to end of dowel or skewer so bug "flies."If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Dragon PuppetFinger FriendPerfect Pet Photo Cube