Create a Plastic Bottle Firefly

This is a fun activity that the kids can enjoy either outside when it starts to get dark or inside with the lights off!

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Glow sticks
  • Colored paper, foam, or felt (you can also color white paper)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Google-y eyes or sticker eyes
  • Tissue paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Liquid glue (or a hot glue gun – parent assistance required)
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes

How to make it:

  1. Cut a strip out of tissue paper. Cut them about 6 inches wide and long enough so it can be wrapped around the plastic bottle. It can be the same color as the glow stick they are using or any color they want!
  2. Brush on a layer of the Mod Podge around the middle of the bottle. Then, wrap the tissue paper strip around the bottle on the area that has Mod Podge. Make sure the tissue paper goes all the way around the bottle. Smooth out the tissue paper and then add another layer of Mod Podge on top. This is the body of the firefly!
  1. Once the Mod Podge is dry, wrap 3 pipe cleaners (any color) around the middle of the bottle and twist on the bottom to make the legs.
  1. Cut two wings out of colored paper and glue them to the pipe cleaner at the top.
  1. Crack the glow sticks so they are glowing and put them inside the plastic bottle.
  2. Stick the eyes on the cap of the bottle and put it back on the bottle.
  3. Wrap another pipe cleaner around the cap for the antenna.
  1. Now you’ve completed your firefly! If you can, turn off the lights and watch them glow!
Activity by Steph Finucane, Upham Site
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Posted in Activities, After School, Art, At Home, Upham.