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!

14 Comments

  • January 22, 2013

    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

  • January 22, 2013

    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/

  • January 23, 2013

    Katy::Daughter Earth

    I LOVE THESE! so cute!

  • January 23, 2013

    Conchi García

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

  • January 23, 2013

    jessica wilson

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

  • January 25, 2013

    silvia

    merci!

  • February 4, 2013

    el hada de papel

    they are awesome!!!!!!!!

  • March 19, 2013

    carmen garcía

    me encanta¡¡¡

  • April 17, 2013

    Tatiana

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

  • June 18, 2013

    Rosalie

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

  • August 27, 2013

    Yana

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

    http://www.chromatophobic.com

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