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5 Brilliant Crafts to Celebrate National Insect Week

Did you know that June 22-28 is National Insect Week? We know that not everyone will be lining up to pull out the bunting and party hats for these little critters, but there are plenty of reasons why you should! For a start, insects pollinate much of the food we eat, and they work to break down and dispose of waste, too. That’s why we’re celebrating these humble bugs with five of our favourite crafts.

5 Brilliant Crafts to Celebrate National Insect Week

1. Toilet roll critters

What could be easier than whipping up a hive of buzzing bees, ladybirds and butterflies out of toilet rolls and coloured card? This is a great craft project for little ones – you can even pre-cut wings, eyes, body shapes, and antenna for them so that they can simply stick them together and start playing straight

2. Clay butterfly life cycle

Here’s another lovely craft for kids, but this one offers an educational opportunity, too. Teach your children all about the transformational life cycle of a butterfly, from a tiny egg to a crawling caterpillar to the beautiful creatures we see flitting around our gardens. Forming these little critters with silk clay will also help to develop fine motor skills – it’s a win-win! Find the steps and a free butterfly worksheet download here.

3. Bug hotel

Help the insects in your garden find a new home by creating your very own bug hotel. All you need is a wooden box lined with coconut husk. Using a staple gun, attach a few lines of string in a zig-zag to the base. Now you can add bits from the garden, such as pine cones, sticks and leaves, as well as small pots and cardboard rolls, using the string to hold everything in place. For more outdoor play ideas, click here.

4. Amigurumi insects

You can’t deny it: these amigurumi crocheted creepy crawlies are super cute. Plus, they’re easy enough for beginners to make. The pattern includes four little critters, and each design will take about an hour to make up. Why not change up the colours for a truly unique look? To download the pattern, click here.

5. Butterfly Split Card

We love butterflies here at Create and Craft, so we couldn’t resist this amazing metallic split card design Shabneez Khan-Muztar. Shabneez used Rinea paper packs and ink with Darice butterfly and sentiment die sets to create her stand-out design. For the full steps and materials, click here.