Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch

OH MY GOSH! I love this ADORABLE craft -- Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Summertime means flowers, animals foraging and plenty of bugs. This is a fun craft to help teach kids about insects, or just something fun and colorful to do one afternoon! If you have a group of kids, you could make an entire tree! Great for a classroom display.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

School will be starting up again soon, so think about how cute this display would be in your classroom. A great way to get everyone acquainted and create something together.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

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As always, a full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post.
For this project you will need the following supplies:

plastic spoons
1 sheet green felt
Craft paint: brown, black and white, and other colors of your choice
Tools: Sandpaper, paintbrush, toothpick, scissors, hot glue gun, green marker
Print the leaf pattern here

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Sand the back side of the spoons and the handles.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Paint the handles brown.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Paint the spoon in colors of your choice.

Let them dry then apply a second coat to everything.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Use the handle end of a paintbrush to add polka dots.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

You can use a toothpick for smaller dots.

Use the handle end of the paintbrush to add white for the eyes. Let the white dry completely.

Add black dots to the white eyes using a toothpick.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Cut out leaves from green felt.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Draw the leaf veins on with a green marker.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Cut a small hole near the base of each leaf.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Insert the spoon handle into the leaf’s hole until the leaf can go no further.

Add a dab of hot glue to secure the bug to the leaf.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

NOTE: Googly eyes can be used instead of painting the eyes, if you prefer.

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

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Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch

Rating: 51

Plastic Spoon Craft: Bugs on a Branch

What you need:

  • 3 plastic spoons
  • 1 sheet green felt
  • Paint: brown, black and white, and other colors of your choice
  • Tools: Sandpaper, paintbrush, toothpick, scissors, hot glue gun, green marker
  • Leaf pattern (link in post)

What you do:

  1. Sand the back side of the spoons and the handles.
  2. Paint the handles brown.
  3. Paint the spoon in colors of your choice.
  4. Let them dry then apply a second coat to everything.
  5. Use the handle end of a paintbrush to add polka dots. You can use a toothpick for skaller dot.
  6. Use the handle end of the paintbrush to add white for the eyes. Let the white dry completely.
  7. Add black dots to the white eyes using a toothpick.
  8. Cut out leaves from green felt. Draw the leaf veins on with a green marker.
  9. Cut a small hole neat the base of each leaf.
  10. Insert the spoon handle into the leaf's hole until the leaf can go no further.
  11. Add a dab of hot glue to secure the bug to the leaf.

Notes from Amanda

Googly eyes can be used instead of painting the eyes, if you prefer.

http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/07/plastic-spoon-craft-bugs-branch.html

Comments

  1. jet says

    aaaaw this is sooooo cute.
    i have hanging allready allot of fake leaves in my trees;-D
    and plastic fruit as well.
    Two neigbhour likes it. I think the rest don’t, but it’s my roof garden. I’m glad to add when i have tried this one of yours on the trees as well.LOL
    And i will send your idea to my sis, she works as a teacher and is allways trying out new idea’s.
    well done girl!!! i really like it and thanks for the sharing and your great tute;-D

  2. Bakoly says

    Bonjour Amanda,

    Merci de nous avoir partagé cette belle activité, je vais faire ça comme activité la semaine prochaine avec les tous petits! mais j’ai changé la feuille verte en tulipe et chacun en aura une.

    encore merci.

  3. Carmen says

    I love the idea! was thinking though what kind of paint you used? I assume tempera will eventually chip off, won’t it?

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