Awesome Bug Crafts for Kids 

by Karen & Grace Morris

Yes, these bug crafts for kids are cute! No, you will not need flyswatters or bug spray, just some easy to find craft supplies.

What do you mean that you rather make insect crafts!?! People use the word interchangeably. In fact, most of the crafts on this page are insects, not bugs. But, geez, don't tell everyone our little secret. 

Click the pictures below to go to the individual bug crafts for kids.

Let's Make a Fly

fly craft for kids

Am I bugging you?

You will need;

  • Bug page PDF  (page will open in a new window)
  • Black craft foam
  • A scrap of black paper
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • White tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 small red pompoms
  • Tacky glue
cut out the fly pieces

Download and print the FREE PDF for the fly. (page will open in a new window)

Cut the fly's head, body, and circle that holds the legs from black craft foam.

Cut the smaller circle from black construction paper.

Place the heart shape on a folded piece of paper and cut out. Use the pattern to cut out wings from white tissue paper.

glue the legs to the body

To make the legs, cut the pipe cleaner in thirds. Glue to the smaller circle. Glue the paper circle over the pipe cleaner pieces. Let your glue dry overnight.

glue the head and large body piece to the legs

Glue the head to the top of the circle with the legs. Glue the oval to the bottom of the circle. 

add the wings

Before the glue dries, lift the head up and place the tissue wings under the head. 

add the eyes

Glue the two red pompoms to the head piece for the eyes. Let everything dry. 

Stick Bug Craft

stick bug craft

No, this bug is not a broom, pole, or splinter.

You will need;

  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • 3 pipe cleaners
  • Hole punch
  • Small wiggly eyes
  • White glue
cut your craft foam bend your pipe cleaners

Cut the craft foam 8 1/2 inches by 3/4 of an inch. Round the ends by cutting off the corners.

Hole punch three holes. One hole is 1 1/2 inches from the end. The next hole is 3 inches and the last hole is 4 1/2 inches from the end.

Fold the ends of the pipe cleaner to the center. Twist the ends. 

add the legs to the bug

Put the pipe cleaners in each hole. Fold pipe cleaner at the center up some, then down. Fold out some to make feet. 

add the eyes

Glue on wiggly eyes.

Make a Dragonfly

dragonfly craft

The dragonflies would make cute bookmarks!


  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper to match construction paper
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Small wiggly eyes
cut out the pieces

Cut a small rectangle from construction paper 5 by 3/4 inches. Cut off the corners on one end to make a point. Round the other end of the paper.

Cut two pieces of tissue paper 5 by 2 1/4 inches. Cut the ends of the paper to a point.

squish the tissue and glue to the paper

Squish the center of the strip of tissue paper and glue 1 inch from the rounded end of the construction paper.

add eyes

Add wiggly eyes above the tissue paper wings.

Related bug crafts for kids;

You can find directions for another dragonfly craft here.

Beetle Bug Crafts for Kids

There are a lot of different kinds of beetles in the world. Some beetle bugs are even cars. And others play in rock bands.

According to Wikipedia, the ladybug and firefly are beetles.

Common Beetle

beetle craft

Well, this beetle might not be into rock music. But that doesn't mean he still can't jam out with you.

You will need;

  • PDF for bug page (opens in another window)
  • Black construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Brad
  • White glue
cut out your pieces

Print the FREE PDF. (opens in another tab)

Cut out the head, body, and wing for the beetle.

Cut the head and body from black construction paper.

Then cut the wings from green construction paper. Or another color there are lots of different beetles and they can come in different colors.

add brad and glue

Punch a hole in the top of the two wings and the body piece.

Add the brad to the pieces. The two wings will overlap some.

Add glue to the top wing and brad. Don't add too much glue. You want the wings to be able to open.

add the head

Place the head on the glue. Let it dry.

open wings

The wings should open.


ladybug craft

An honorable lady in the kingdom, um I mean bug-dom. 


  • 2 1/2 inch red plastic lid
  • Black construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • White glue
cut the black paper

Cut a 1 1/2 inch circle from black paper for the head. You can cut a square the size of the circle. Fold the square in fourths. Then cut off the corners.

Hole punch several dots for the spots on the ladybug.

add glue for the head

Glue the head to the top of the plastic lid.

add the dots

Glue the dots on the lid.

Related Bug Crafts for Kids;

A small ladybug.

Another ladybug your kids can make.

Lightning bug

lightning bug

Look, I have taillights!

Lightning bugs are also called fireflies.

You will need;

  • 2 paper 3 oz. cups
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • 2 large paper clips
  • Tealight
  • Construction paper
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
cut out the head piece

Place a piece of blue construction paper under a cup so that you can draw around it for the head piece.

cut the bottom off one cup

On the seam of the cup, cut from the rim to the bottom. Cut the bottom off the cup, leaving a small rim so that the tealight will fit in the hole but will not fall out. 

glue the cup back together

Place a line of glue on the cut edge of the cup. Lap the sides over. Add paperclips to hold until the glue dries.

Glue the blue circle to the rim of the other cup.

make the antenna

To make the antenna, cut a 3-inch piece of pipe cleaner. Fold in half. Lift the circle some and slip the pipe cleaner in before the glue dries.

add the eyes

Add wiggly eyes. Let the cup sit upside down until the glue dries. If you don't let the cup sit, the eyes will slide down the paper. 

add the legs

Cut three pipe cleaners 4 inches. Glue to the back cup at the rim. Add a piece of tape, so the pipe cleaners stay in place.

make the wings

Cut two leaf shapes, 3 3/4 by 1 3/4 inches. Glue just under the rim of the top cup.

place the bug pieces together

Turn the tealight on. Place in the hole in the cup. Add the other cup. 

See, bug crafts for kids are not creepy. They are kind of cute and fun to make.

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