Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Garden Cork Bugs

A few weeks ago, I picked up a huge lot of wine corks at a yard sale for $10.  I might have been squealing like a little girl during the opening of a new American Girl store.  Of course, I was squealing on the inside, I didn't want to make a spectacle of myself.  So I have this overstock of corks.  I had to start a new Pinterest board for all the ideas I was collecting.  One of the pins I found led me to this blog and I loved the idea so much, I invited all the kids over for a craft day.  

  • wine corks
  • wooden skewers
  • paint
  • paint brushes
  • pipe cleaners in assorted colors (mine were provided by CraftProjectIdeas.com)
  • googly eyes
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue

I made the example bugs the night before and should have twisted and prepared all the pipe cleaners ahead of time, but since I waited until the last minute to make the examples, I was too tired to twist them all.

**Tip:  I cut the spider legs into eight pieces and then glued them on each side.  That was dumb.  I should have just cut four longer pieces and twisted them together and glued them under the cork.  Be smarter than me.  Do it the "right" way.

I had the kids pick out their corks and set them loose on painting.  I used wooden skewers as their "stands" so the kids could paint but not paint their hands.

Dex supervised.

As the kids finished painting their corks, I had them stick them in the garden to dry.  While they dried, the kids ran around playing.  I also worked on twisting the wings and legs.

This was a very simple craft that the kids really enjoyed.  The kids that stayed a little longer ended up painting more bugs since they were having so much fun.  I didn't mind because, well, I still have a HUGE box of wine corks left.

I wonder what we should make next...

Don't forget to follow the Kids Summer Craft Camp along on the KSCC Pinterest board where I will be pinning all of the posts.  Also, I encourage you to take pictures of your own creations and use the hashtag #KidsSummerCraftCamp on Instagram or on Twitter!  I'd love to see what you are up to!

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  1. Those are just too cute. What a fun project!

    I also have a fun one posted on my site using soda bottles. Stop by to take a look if you get a chance.

  2. Adorable!!!!! My sister in law made the neatest wine cork deer ornaments for Christmas! You can find the instructions online! Good luck !!!

  3. These are just too cute. What a fun project for the kids.
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  4. These garden cork bugs are so adorable and are a perfect way to keep little ones entertained! I'd be thrilled if you'd come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays: http://pinkrecipebox.com/creative-wednesdays-with-pink-recipe-box-6/

  5. Fun. Fun. Fun. I'm so glad you sowder about at my party What do do Weekends. :) Your friend, Linda


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