Plastic Egg Fireflies

These little fireflies are very simple to make with very little tools involved. The best part: with some LED lights they flicker just like real fireflies in the dark!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    We decided to add a personal touch to our firefly wings. Instead of patterned paper, V colored a blank sheet of paper, then we cut out pieces of her artwork in the shape of wings.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    We started by cutting one pipe cleaner into 6 even pieces. These are the legs. Using the awl, or a sharp instrument, poke 6 holes (3 holes in a row on each side) into the top part of the egg, the pointed part.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Insert the 6 pipe cleaners into the six holes, pulling a little from the inside of the egg to secure. Bend the pipe-cleaners to make feet.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Next cut the other pipe-cleaner in half. These will be the antennae. Using the awl, or a sharp instrument, poke 2 holes across from each other into the bottom part of the egg, the wide, flat part. Insert the antennae and curl. Next glue on your wings.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Then, glue on your googly eyes right below the antennae. Insert the LED light with the faux flame pointed into the pointed egg top.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    Finally, let your little fireflies play...then switch them on at night and watch them flicker brightly!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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