DIY Jumping Jack Bugs

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Make a sim­ple & happy jump­ing jack bug toy with a paper roll, thread and cereal box! I love these tra­di­tional pup­pets. You don’t need any­thing but your imag­i­na­tion to draw a cute face and bring the lit­tle fel­las to life. Pull down the string to make it fly!

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Mate­ri­als

  • Print­able tem­plate (down­load here)
  • Cereal box
  • Tis­sue paper roll
  • Yarn nee­dle
  • Strong thread or string
  • Paint & brush (or markers)
  • Scis­sors
  • Glue
DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Step 1
Draw two long “L“s on the paper roll as shown in the pic­ture above. Cut with scissors.

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Step 2
Fold the “L“s you cut inside the paper roll.

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun! DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Step 3
Dec­o­rate your bug! Choose a bug and use the tem­plate to trace the wings, feel­ers, and bug-pull shapes onto the cereal box and then cut them out. Draw a smi­ley face on the paper roll and then paint & dec­o­rate every­thing (includ­ing the wings).

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Step 4
Next, we’ll cre­ate the joints by pierc­ing the paper roll and the wings on the dots marked with an “A.” Mark a dot and pin to make a hole on each of the paper roll folds (as pic­tured above). Pass a threaded nee­dle, with a knot on the end of the thread, through one of the holes. Take the back of a wing and pass the threaded nee­dle through the hole marked “A” on the tem­plate and tie off the tread. Do the same with the other wing as well.

Make sure the joints aren’t too tight so they are eas­ily moveable!

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Step 5
Con­nect the two wings by tying a thread between the holes marked “B” on the tem­plate, above the joints. Place the knot in the mid­dle of the wings, mak­ing sure it’s pretty tight when the wings are hang­ing down. Leave one end of the thread longer to pull and test the mechanism.

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Step 6
Tie the bug-pull shapes at the end of the thread and then make a loop at the top of the paper roll. To fin­ish every­thing off, glue feel­ers on the top of your new jump­ing jack’s head.

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun! DIY Jumping Jack Bugs - super fun!

Pull down the thread to make your bug fly.

DIY Jumping Jack Bugs DIY Jumping Jack Bugs DIY Jumping Jack Bugs

Happy craft­ing!

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  • melissa

    Ah i love these! I use to have a cow­boy that would hang in my room, boy did i love it.

    Melissa
    http://shakeshakee.blogspot.com

  • Michelle — Lit­tle Paper Dog

    This has got to be one of the most bril­liant (and cutest) toi­let paper roll craft I’ve seen in a while. I can’t wait to make these with my lit­tle guy.

    http://www.littlepaperdog.com/

  • https://twitter.com/daughter_earth Katy::Daughter Earth

    I LOVE THESE! so cute!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garcillaconchi Conchi Gar­cía

    You are the best con­trib­u­tor ever.
    Me encanta todo lo que propones

  • https://plus.google.com/112325921103107251261 jes­sica wilson

    super sweet and really cool! i am a sucker for hand­made bug­gie fun. thank you!

  • sil­via

    merci!

  • el hada de papel

    they are awesome!!!!!!!!

  • car­men garcía

    me encanta¡¡¡

  • Tatiana

    Love this! You are super cre­ative, love how sim­ple it is. obrigada

  • Ros­alie

    this is so sim­ple and won­der­ful!!!!
    Thanks a lot from Belgium

  • Yana

    Cute ani­ma­tions, and I adore the lack of colour=D

    http://www.chromatophobic.com