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Fireflies or Lightning Bug Craft from Plastic Eggs

Such a cute craft, and everyone who sees it says, "Awww!"

Such a cute craft, and everyone who sees it says, "Awww!"

I came across this awesome firefly craft on Pinterest and traced it back to the awesome creator of Apartment Therapy.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t more excited about what I planned to do with our plastic eggs after Easter than I was about filling them with candy for the big day.  I made a couple of modifications just based on the craft supplies that I happened to have available.  We took one to preschool for my daughter’s teacher, and she fell in love with it and now wants me to come in to teach all the kids a craft!

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What You Need to Make Fireflies from Plastic Easter Eggs

  • One plastic Easter egg
  • Two pipe cleaners
  • One LED tea light “candle”
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Two googly eyes (optional…you could just draw on the eyes)
  • About 8″ of tulle
  • Marker
Craft supplies to make Easter eggs into fireflies.

Craft supplies to make Easter eggs into fireflies.

 

Use a pushpin to make three holes on either side of the longer section of the egg.  This is where your firefly's legs will be.  Then add two more holes at the top of the shorter section for antennas.

Use a pushpin to make three holes on either side of the longer section of the egg. This is where your firefly's legs will be. Then add two more holes at the top of the shorter section for antennas.*

*I found the pushpin didn’t make the holes quite big enough, so I went pack over them with a nail to make them wider.

Cut your pipe cleaners into four even pieces and thread through the holes as shown in the picture to give your firefly craft some legs and antennas.

Cut your pipe cleaners into four even pieces and thread through the holes as shown in the picture to give your firefly craft some legs and antennas.

Glue or draw on eyes, and give your lightning bug a smile with your marker.

Glue or draw on eyes, and give your lightning bug a smile with your marker.

Tie a knot in the center of your tulle and then affix it to the top with hot glue to give your bug some wings.

Tie a knot in the center of your tulle and then affix it to the top with hot glue to give your bug some wings.

 

Turn on your tealight and snap it closed inside your firefly's body.  It will flicker and glow!

Turn on your tealight and snap it closed inside your firefly's body. It will flicker and glow!

 

What I Learned the Hard Way:  Your firefly/lightning but will stand up better if you bend each leg one more time to give him some knees!

Discussion

4 comments for “Fireflies or Lightning Bug Craft from Plastic Eggs”

  1. Love this! Perfect sleep over craft and I have everything in the house already. Thanks!

    Posted by Anna | June 15, 2012, 7:01 am
  2. These are adorable and would make a great little gift! Thanks for the detailed instructions! Can’t wait to make some of them!

    Posted by Kay | June 15, 2012, 8:30 pm
  3. Tried to make these but when you put in the tea light the eggs won’t snap shut. Any ideas on what to do?

    Posted by Carol | July 27, 2012, 1:52 pm
  4. There must be different sized eggs and/or teatlights. I was worried that ours wouldn’t fit in the eggs, but they did just fine. My guess is that you need bigger eggs or smaller tealights. I’m sorry you ran into that problem…what a bummer! If you can get the egg to go together but it just won’t snap, I suppose you could try glue or clear tape. Of course, that makes it a lot harder to open them up to turn off the light when you want to.

    Posted by Lorna Doone Brewer | July 27, 2012, 4:18 pm

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