buggy wings

bug_ladybugwingsIn addition to the buggy headbands, we’re also going to demonstrate today on Daytime Columbus how to make these super easy ladybug clip on wings for your next bugs and butterflies birthday bash. I know, you’re thinking “she says everything is easy.” Well these really are. Here’s what you need:

  • ½ yard netting or bridal tulle
  • 16 gauge crafting wire (found in the jewelry section of your craft store)
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain shown
  • Wooden bug cutout (available, usually painted, in craft stores)
  • Mini clothespin
  • Glue gun (fabric glue can be used for the ribbon portions)
  • Wire cutters

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Bend the crafting wire into the shape of your wings, considering the size of the child, cut it with wire cutters and twist the ends around one another.
  2. Using the wing shape as a loose guide, cut out four pieces of netting, leaving a ¼ inch to ½ inch all the way around. Each wing will be two pieces thick.
  3. Tack the netting to the wire frames with just a touch of glue and trim off excess.
  4. Apply the ribbon to the outer rim of your wings to secure the netting and to hide the wire. The best way is to center the wire in the ribbon, pipe in a stream of glue (not too much) and then lightly tap it down with your fingers until you’ve gone all the way around each wing.
  5. Next, hot glue a mini clothespin to the back of your wooden bug cutout, near the bottom of the bug.
  6. Finally hot glue the wings to the back of the cutout, allow to cool and the wings are ready for play.

If you prefer a visual guide, the “how to” video will be posted on our blog by Friday. Happy crafting!

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sugar n spice slow pokes

Snail candySo vacation is finally over and I had so many fun ideas over the holidays. I only hope I can find all those scraps of paper I wrote them on! {wink} Here’s one that I thought was just too adorable not to share for our bugs and butterflies theme from our friends at Martha Stewart.

It’s easy to turn candy into lively decorations and ornaments. When you cut into a gummy candy, you expose the sticky interior; this built-in adhesive is the primary tool for assembling these creatures. The larger the sticky surface, the better the parts will hold. These snails are simply hard candies for the shell and their faces are spice drops fitted with licorice-twist antennae and nonpareil eyes.

Place one of these at each place setting and watch your guests marvel. Or, better yet, let this be a activity during your gathering and the kids can show off their creative bug creatures.

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