Nicole™ Crafts Bug Safari

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by Eileen Farley, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Nicole™ Crafts Bug Safari

Go on an African safari adventure with your kids without ever leaving your backyard! Get ready for the big bug hunt by stopping by your local A.C Moore for paint, glue, stickers and other basic craft supplies, find or recycle a few items from around the house -- then start crafting! Use this science-themed project as the starting point for planning your child's next birthday party for a bash that lets partygoers explore and discover new things! Want EVEN MORE fun? Add toys such as lions, tigers and other stuffed animals to the play area -- it will look even more like a safari!

Project Details

  • Level:kid & adult together
  • Time:afternoon project

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Hat: Carefully cut a hole in the bottom center of the plate a little smaller than the bowl. Place the bowl up through the plate and glue it in place so it looks like a hat. Kids: Ask adults for help with the gluing! Use the flat brush to paint the hat's top and bottom edge Antique White and let dry. Use a sponge and dab on the other three paints to make a camouflage pattern on the top of the hat. Let the paint dry. Punch a hole on each side of the hat. Thread one end of the cord up through the hole and tie several knots. Put the hat on and have an adult thread the cord through to the other hole and tie several knots. Adults: Make sure you leave a little slack around your child's neck before you cut the cord..
  • 2
    Vest: Lay paper grocery bag on your work surface with the seam side up. Kids and adults should work together to use the pencil to draw openings for the head and neck. Cut up the bag's seam around one neck opening, across the bottom of the bag on one side, across the rounded opening on the back, across the bottom of the bag on the other side, and back around to the neck opening. Then, keeping the bag stretched out, cut the arm openings by starting in the front, going across the bottom, down the back and across the side. Repeat this cutting process for the other arm opening. Tip: Use the bag's scraps to make pockets for your vest! Use a sponge and dab on the Khaki Tan and various Green paints to make a camouflage pattern just as you did for the hat (and let this paint dry) before you glue the pockets on.
  • 3
    Binoculars: Use a sponge to create a camouflage pattern on the toilet paper tubes (just as you did for the hat and vest). When the paint is dry, cut a piece of duct tape that is nine inch, then cut the piece again lengthwise so that you have a piece that is about an inch wide and nine inches long. Fold the duct tape over one of the ends and then wrap the tube with the leftover tape. Repeat this duct-tape wrapping process for the other tube then tape the two tubes together around the center. Punch a hole on the outside edge of one of the tubes, then punch another hole on the exact same place on the other tube. Cut a one yard piece of jute and thread it through these two holes and tie a knot.
  • 4
    Net: Separate the two pieces of the embroidery hoop. Cut a one yard piece of tulle. Fold the tulle around the inside hoop (the one without the screw), overlapping the ends of the tulle. If you are having difficulty picturing this, imagine the folding you do, when you wrap the sides of a box with wrapping paper. Place the second piece of the hoop over the tulle, line the two pieces of the hoop back up, and screw the hoop back together. Trim the ends of the tulle as close to the hoop as possible. Cut a foot long piece of embroidery floss and thread the needle with it. Pinch a tiny bit of the tulle together with your fingers, push the needle through the tulle at the overlap where you pinched and tie a knot. Repeat this process with the tulle a few more times in various places down the overlap. Gather the tulle that's not near the hoop and tie an overhand knot. Kids, have an adult cut an 18 inch piece of dowel with the saw. Let him or her glue one end of the dowel to the part of the hoop, closest to the screw. Let glue dry overnight. If needed you can wrap duct tape around the end of the hoop and the dowel for added security.
  • 5
    Keeper: If you haven't already done so, remove label from the plastic jug. Use pencil to trace the outline of one plastic canvas square onto the plastic jug where the label used to be. Go about 1/4 inch inside the tracing and cut the shape out. Cover the cut edges on the plastic jug and canvas with duct tape. Place the plastic canvas square onto the opening on the jug (make sure it overlaps the opening's right side). Use duct tape to secure the left side of the canvas to the jug. Create the keeper's door by cutting a few Velcro squares in half and placing them onto the right side of the plastic canvas and jug opening. (Don't use duct tape -- it'll be harder to open the door if you do.) Use the alphabet letter stickers to spell out MY BUGS, your name or anything you want on the jug. Fill the jug with leaves and sticks from outside, then set out on your adventure.

Project Details

  • Level:kid & adult together
  • Time:afternoon project

Project Supplies

  • •Sturdy Paper Plate & Paper Bowl, Paper Grocery Bag, Two Cardboard Toilet Paper Tubes, Plastic Jug, Acrylic Paints in Khaki Tan, Antique White & Two Shades of Green, Sea Sponges & Paintbrushes, Large Eye Needle, Small Saw, Leaves & Sticks, Scissors, Ruler & Pencil
  • •Nicole™ Crafts Elastic Cord in White, 1/8" x 2" Circle Paper Punch, Foam Letter Stickers, White Tulle, 36" Wood Dowel, Embroidery Hoop & Jute
  • •Chameleon Skinz Green to Yellow Color Changing Tape
  • •DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss in Blanco/White
  • •Darice Clear Plastic Canvas Shapes
  • •Velcro Sticky Back Tape 7/8 inch Squares
  • •Beacon Zip Dry Glue