Make The Coolest Wooden Spoon Bugs Ever

Make The Coolest Wooden Spoon Bugs Ever

Every­one knows that sum­mer time is pic­nic time. Why not turn those left­over spoons into a super fun col­lec­tion of wooden bugs for the kids? Add some paper cord, attach a few pep­per­corns, and you’ll have mil­li­pedes, lady­birds, and drag­on­flies for your next picnic.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Grab your sup­plies and let’s dig in to a lit­tle wooden spoon entomology!

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Mil­li­pede

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Mate­ri­als (Millipede)

  • Wooden spoon
  • Paper cord
  • Pep­per­corn for eyes (you could also use black beads or a black marker)
  • Scis­sors
  • Glue
DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Step 1 (Mil­li­pede)
Lay the spoon on a plate. Apply two drops of glue to the spoon and attach the pep­per­corns or beads. Wait until it’s dry (roughly one hour). If you don’t have time to wait, you can use a faster glue (care­ful!) or a black marker.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Step 2 (Mil­li­pede)
Cut twelve 4-inch strands of paper cord.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Step 3 (Mil­li­pede)
Tie the paper cord strands into sim­ple knots and gen­tly tighten them around the base of the spoon. If you are using beads for  eyes, cut two addi­tional strands of cord and pull through the spoon to attach the beads.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Your mil­li­pede is ready!

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Lady­bug

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Mate­ri­als (Ladybug)

  • Wooden spoons
  • Paper cord
  • Pep­per­corns (for dec­o­ra­tion, you could also use a black marker)
  • Scis­sors
  • Glue
DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Step 1 (Lady­bug)
Cut the spoon in half, just under the rounded part. You can also use the sticks for your herb gar­den. Don’t be afraid to impro­vise with what you have on hand (one spoon broke in half and I sim­ply glued it together).

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Step 2 (Lady­bug)
Cut three 3-inch strands of paper cord. Apply three lines of glue inside the spoon and attach the cord.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Step 3 (Lady­bug)
Place the spoons on a tray and set them on a shelf to let the glue dry (roughly one hour). If you don’t have time to wait, you can use a faster glue (care­fully around lit­tle fingers!).

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Step 4 (Lady­bug)
Flip the spoon over and add sev­eral glue points for the pep­per­corns. After attach­ing the pep­per­corns, cut another 3-inch strand of cord (or longer, if desired) tie around the spoon, make a knot, and attach with glue. Let dry.

Note: You may have to cut the strings to ensure all feet are the same length.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Your lady­bird is ready!

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Dam­selfly
This lit­tle guy is a per­fect project for younger children.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Mate­ri­als (Damselfly)

  • 3 Wooden craft sticks (4-inch)
  • Wooden bead (pink)
  • Kitchen string
  • Scis­sors

Steps (Dam­selfly)

  1. Cut some string. Lay two wooden craft sticks cross­wise on a third wooden craft stick and attach with string 1-inch from the top. Pull on the wooden bead.
  2. Your dam­selfly is ready!
DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Drag­on­fly #1

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Mate­ri­als (Drag­on­fly #1)

  • Wooden craft stick (4-inch)
  • Wooden beads (1 large pink bead, 8 small green beads)
  • Paper cord
  • Scis­sors

Steps (Drag­on­fly #1)

  1. Cut a 24-inch strand of string. Make knots with the string to get four wings. Tie the string to the stick with a knot, 1-inch from the top. Pull on the beads.
  2. Your drag­on­fly is ready!
DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Drag­on­fly #2

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Mate­ri­als (Drag­on­fly #2)

  • Wooden craft stick (4-inch)
  • Wooden beads (1 large green bead, 6 small yel­low, green, and brown beads)
  • Kitchen string
  • Bak­ing paper
  • Scis­sors

Steps (Drag­on­fly #2)

  1. Cut one 7-inch strand of string. Cut two long, slen­der wings from the bak­ing paper. Tie string to attach the wings to the stick, 1-inch from the top. Pull on the large bead over the string ends.
  2. Pull on the smaller beads.
  3. Your drag­on­fly is ready!

Note: If the beads are too loose, add a lit­tle glue.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Extra Fun: Funny Bugs
Make a col­lec­tion of funny bugs using but­tons and paper cord. Get cre­ative and experiment!

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Extra Fun: Bug Leaves
Make leaves for your bugs using a brown paper bag.

DIY Wooden Spoon Bugs Craft Project for Kids

Dec­o­rate your sum­mer pic­nic table or blan­ket with your new bugs!