Crystal Caterpillar

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Crystal Caterpillar
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

If being cooped up inside on a rainy day bugs you, try chasing away the blues with a collection of these little insects. The caterpillars, beetles, and dragonflies are a snap to make and great for sparking your kids' creativity.

What you'll need

  • Wire (20 gauge)
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Multifaceted plastic beads (with diameters of 12 mm, 8 mm, 6 mm, and 4 mm)
  • Needle-nose pliers

How to make it

  1. Bend an 18-inch length of wire in half. Use the pliers to curl up a 3/4-inch section near the bend to create the tip of the tail.

  2. From the other end, slide five 8 mm beads onto the doubled wire. Next, add two 12 mm beads followed by two more 8 mm beads and one last 12 mm bead.

  3. Thread a 4 mm bead onto the tip of each antenna. Then use the pliers to bend the tips (to keep the beads from sliding off) and curl the tops of the antennae.

  4. For legs, cut three 3-1/2-inch lengths of wire. Tightly wrap the center of each wire once around the body wire between beads and then shape the feet.

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