Friday, February 10, 2012

Tutorial: Caterpillar Bug Jars

I'm working furiously to finish all the crafts I have planned for Little O's birthday party. Check out the invitations I made a few weeks ago. I have two weeks left. I think I can do it. If she takes some really LONG naps!

Today I worked on the centerpieces for the four tables in the party room. I decided on caterpillar bug jars to continue the Very Hungry Caterpillar theme.

You will need:

  1. An assortment of pompoms. I used red, green, and yellow. The red one (for the head) is a slightly larger size than the green and yellow. I think it would be just as cute if all the pompoms were the same size.
  2. Googly eyes
  3. Pipe cleaners (one per caterpillar)
  4. Hot glue
  5. Plastic jars (you could use glass, but since mine are for a baby party, I opted for plastic). I got mine in the painting supply section of Hobby Lobby.
  6. An assortment of green card stock
  7. Scissors or a Cricut (I used my Cricut)

First, I hot glued the pompoms together to create the caterpillar body. Then I glued the googly eyes to the head.

Next, I attached the antennae. These are made out of black pipe cleaners. I placed the pipe cleaner under the caterpillar in the joint between the head and the first body segment. I wrapped the pipe cleaner around the "neck" and twisted it to hold it in place.

After securing the pipe cleaners, I used a pencil to curl them into antennae.

Here's what they looked like when they were finished.

I used my Cricut to cut out leaves to decorate the inside of the jars. I used dark green and light green and two different styles of leaves.

Here's the finished product. I think they turned out really cute. The caterpillars are a little larger than I had originally planned, but I like them anyway.


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