Let nature inspire art when you upcycle plastic soda bottles to create fun and festive fireflies for display or pretend play.
- Green soda bottles
- Glow sticks
- Googly eyes
- Sparkly pipe cleaners
- Black construction paper
- Glue or glue gun and glue sticks
- Red permanent marker or paint pen
- Firefly wings printable (PDF)
- Wrap three pipe cleaners around the base of the soda bottle, about two inches apart. Cut and bend them into the shape of firefly legs.
- Wrap a piece of black construction paper around the soda bottle. Make sure it’s large enough to go all the way around the bottle.
- Wrap a pipe cleaner around the neck of the soda bottle, twisting to secure it and trimming and curling the ends to form the antennae.
- Glue two googly eyes to the cap of the soda bottle and draw a mouth with your red paint pen or marker.
- Bend the glow stick to activate it and insert inside the bottle.
- Print and cut the firefly wings. Fold the wings in half and tape to the top of the soda bottle firefly.
This craft comes to you from the creators of Wild Kratts.
Iowa PBS STEAM Activities and Crafts provided by PBS KIDS Parents.