But whether we think bugs are pests or not, we realize we need insects to pollinate many fruits and vegetables.
So, before you run and hide from the bugs in your garden, you can make safe garden puppet bugs using directions I found at http://www.bhg.com on the Web. Type "Puppets from the Garden" in the search box.
There were no patterns at the site, so you will have to use the photo to see the shape and placement of the parts. Also, the directions for both insects are very similar, with a few changes I've noted. I could not find garden gloves in different colors, so I left the legs of the ladybug the original, off-white color and painted the legs ( fingers of the glove) blue for the fly before.
Supplies list for both insects:
- 4 -- 1 1/2 inch plastic foam balls.
- Red and blue glitter glue.
- Craft foam in red, black, blue, green and yellow.
- Grey, blue and green nylon netting.
- Red and blue chenille stem.
- Pom poms: 2 large black, 2 medium black, 2 medium white.
- 1 pair small, cloth gardening gloves.
- Low temp hot glue gun.
- Blue fabric paint and sponge brush.
- Blue sequins.
Cut a foam ball in half. Cover the rounded sides with red glitter glue for eyes; set aside. Cut the body, wings, and mouth out of craft foam.
Cut several layers of wings out of gray netting.
For the antennae, poke two small holes in the body near where the eyes will be positioned with a pencil. Fold red chenille stem in half. From the bottom, push the stem ends up through the holes. Shape into antennae.
Very carefully, or with an adult's help, glue the flat side of foam body to the back of gray glove so that the glove's fingers/legs extend beyond the
Glue the front of the foam wings in place. Carefully glue the ends of the netting wings under the foam wings, bunching the layers together so that they lift up the foam wings.
Glue black pom-poms to the ladybug wings. Glue red eyes in place. Cut circles from black crafts foam for pupils. Top red eyes with white pom-poms and black pupils. Glue mouth in place.
Paint the fingers of the glove with blue fabric paint and set aside to dry.
Cut a foam ball in half. Cover the rounded sides with blue glitter glue. Push sequins into the wet glue for eyes. Set aside to dry.
Using appropriate colors, follow ladybug directions steps starting with step two. Finish the fly by gluing the sequin-covered foam eyes in place, gluing the mouth in place.
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