Pop Bottle Craft
Your kids will love to make this pop bottle craft this summer!
A green pop bottle is transformed into a firefly using a glow stick. My
kids just love glow sticks, and this is a fun and different way to
enjoy them. Kids love to make each lightning bug unique! Once made,
they can be saved each year and then a new glow stick can be added
inside. The kids love flying these around the yard at night!
- One 20 ounce green plastic soda bottle, empty and cleaned
out (label removed)
- One glow stick
- Three 12 inch pipe cleaners in green or black, for the legs
- One 12 inch pipe cleaner in gold, silver, or black (for the
- Two yellow pony beads (for the eyes)
- Construction paper or card stock (for thorax and wings)
- Black paint
- Clear tape
1. Begin this pop bottle craft by cleaning out a green 20
ounce soda bottle. Remove the label by soaking it for awhile in warm
water. Wash well and allow it to dry completely.
2. Twist three 12 inch green or black pipe cleaners around the middle
of the bottle as shown. Give them a twist to secure, and then bend them
to look like legs.
3. Cut a rectangle of construction paper or card stock to wrap around
the pop bottle. Don't have it wrap completely. Cut the rectangle
slightly smaller so it ends where the legs show (as shown). Glue this
paper on to the body to secure.
4. Fold another piece of construction paper or card stock in half. Cut
a wing-like shape, using the fold to create mirror images of the wings.
Glue these on top of the firefly's body.
5. Paint the bottle cap black and allow it to dry. Screw the cap on the
firefly. Glue two yellow pony beads to the sides of it, to be the
lightning bug's eyes. HINT: Make sure to screw the cap on first before
you glue on the eyes, otherwise they eyes may not be in the right
position. Then, wrap a 12 inch gold pipe cleaner around the neck of the
bottle, twist to secure, and curl the ends to be the lightning bug's
6. Crack to activate a glow stick and place it inside. You can
let it be loose, but I used a bit of clear tape to secure the top end
of the glow stick near the mouth of the bottle. If you glue
the glow stick in, you won't be able to re-use the firefly again very
easily. Enjoy the pop bottle craft!
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