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Fired Up Firefly
Introducing the Fired up Firefly! It's lots of fun to make and even more fun to "fly" around with on a warm summer evening.
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Ages: Adults and Kids 6 and Up
Duration: Over One Hour
TOOLS AND TEMPLATES
WHAT YOU NEED
1 - 16 oz NESTLÉ
Clear packing tape
2 google eyes (available at craft stores)
1/2 yard of sheer fabric
Covered floral wire (available at craft stores)
1’ of 2“ wide gold metallic ribbon
Hot glue gun
Glow stick (available at party or home stores)
HOW TO DO IT
Wash and dry an empty NESQUIK Ready-To-Drink bottle.
(PARENTS ONLY) Use a utility knife to make a small cut in the label that covers the whole bottle. Your child should then be able to continue unwrapping the bottle's label.
Attach a pom-pom to the center of the cap with a hot glue gun; this will be the nose. Glue two google eyes above the pom-pom.
Wrap a pipe cleaner around the neck of the bottle, and twist it to secure it.
Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner so that they curl up; these will be the antennae.
Place a dot of hot glue on the tips of the pipe cleaner antennae and attach a pom-pom to each.
To make the wings: twist the ends of a 15” piece of covered floral wire to create a loop. Make sure you have about 3” of twisted wire at the end.
Place fabric glue along the loop and lay it down onto the sheer piece of fabric. Let it dry, then trim off the excess. This is the base of the wing.
Line the edges of the wing with fabric glue, and trim with sequined ribbon (or other shiny ribbon). Let it dry.
Decorate the inside of the wing by gluing sequins in colorful patterns. Repeat the design on the other wing.
Cut a piece of clear packing tape and use it to secure the wings to the sides of the bottle.
Add a band of shiny, gold metallic ribbon around the bottom edge of the bottle to simulate the firefly's glow.
Activate a glow stick and place it inside the bottle to "fire up" your firefly make it glow in the dark.
If you are lucky enough to have real fireflies in your area, you can send the kids out in the evening to catch them. Punch air holes in the lid of a clear glass or plastic jar. Give one to each child and see how many fireflies they can scoop into the jar. After they have enjoyed the glowing fireflies, gather everyone together to release them back into the night.
You can help your children to study other backyard bugs by creating a bug container from an empty NESQUIK canister (See Critter Cottage).
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