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How to make an insect out of recycled materials

Updated November 21, 2016

Recycling is an important step to protecting our environment, but it is also a great way to make inexpensive and distinctive projects. Creating your own insect out of recycled materials is easy to do and allows you to make truly unique crafts. Just as diverse as the different types of insects are the recycled materials you can use to make your crafts, including craft sticks, foam egg cartons and coat hangers.

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Butterfly wand

  1. Clean a craft stick using soap and water.

  2. Use a hot glue gun to glue one pipe cleaner to the craft stick so that the end of the pipe cleaner is just shy of the end of the stick. Only place glue in the very middle of the pipe cleaner.

  3. Separate a cone-shaped coffee filter at the seam so that it is opened.

  4. Use markers and paint to decorate the coffee filter into a butterfly wing pattern of your choice.

  5. Pinch the filter in the middle to make the butterfly’s wings and place it on top of the glued portion of the pipe cleaner. Bend up the ends of the pipe cleaner to cover the coffee filter wings and twist the pipe cleaner together. The ends of the pipe cleaner will be the antennae.

Litter bugs

  1. Use soap and water to thoroughly clean an empty foam egg carton. Allow it to dry completely.

  2. Use a pair of scissors to cut off the cups of the clean egg carton.

  3. Use recycled material such as foam peanuts, plastic soda bottle lids, sticks and old twist ties to decorate your litter bug. Use glue to attach the pieces to the egg carton.

Coat hanger insects

  1. Bend a metal coat hanger so that it forms a diamond shape.

  2. Bend the hanger part of the coat hanger to form an oval. Wrap the loose end of the oval with a piece of electrical tape to hold it in place.

  3. Pull an old knee-high stocking over top of the diamond shaped coat hanger so the open end of the stocking is on the end of the diamond where the oval you formed in step 2 is. Tie the open end of the stocking in a knot to hold it in place.

  4. Use construction paper, glue, glitter, newspaper and paint to decorate the stocking to create your own insect.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Craft stick or tongue depresor
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Coffee filter
  • Markers
  • Paint
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Foam egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Foam peanuts
  • Plastic fizzy drink bottle lids
  • Sticks
  • Twist ties
  • Metal coat hanger
  • Electrical tape
  • Knee-high stocking
  • Glitter
  • Newspaper
  • Paint

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