Kids Crafts Grasshopper
This kids crafts grasshopper will have you hopping around. This craft is more for older children as it requires a bit of patience. The the other craft is a toilet paper craft which yonger children will enjoy doing.
Pipe Cleaner Grasshopper
- Green chenille stems;
- Lt. Green chenille stems;
- 8 green paddle wheel beads 18 mm in size
Method for Kids Crafts Grasshopper:
- Take one 12 inch piece of dark green chenille and make a loop in the center that is approx. 1 inch in diameter.
- Take one of the ends of chenille and bend it toward the loop starting at the twisted joint.
- Curve it slightly to form a dome over the loop and connect it to the loop.
- Now take the other end of chenille and bend it toward the loop starting at the twisted joint, only this time, form a dome under loop
- Connect it to the loop. If the two ends that are left are longer than 1 and 1/4 inches, bend the tips to correct the length and wrap them around themselves.
- Take another 12 inch piece of chenille and attach one end of it onto the back of the head (about 1/4 inch to the right of the head dome piece)
- Take the piece of chenille that you just attached to the head and bend it to form a square that is about 1 and 1/2 inches long and wide. (This square forms the thorax-mid section of the bug)
- Attach the chenille to the back of the head again (about 1/4 inch to the left of the head dome piece)
- Create a dome, centered above the square (thorax) of the grasshopper.
- Attach the chenille on the square directly across from the head and centered. There should be a "tail" left that is approx. 2 inches or more.
- Take the three green chenille stems and twist them together in the middle to form the legs.
- Place the center of the legs on the "tail" about 1/2 inch from the thorax/square connection.
- Twist the "tail" completely around the legs once.
- Flip the Kids Crafts Grasshopper over to view the bottom.
- Bring the "tail" across the center of the thorax/square along the bottom to the head and twist the end to connect it.
- To form the abdomen, take another 12 inch piece of green chenille and attach it to the thorax/square on the right corner.
- Loop the other end of the stem around to the left corner of the thorax/square and twist to connect as shown.
- Create a gentle point at the end of the abdomen by slightly bending it.
- Slide 4 paddle wheel beads onto each of the legs closest to the abdomen.
- Bend the legs upward, at the point where they come out from under the thorax/square.
- Then bend the legs downward, 2 inches from your upward bend.
- For the other four legs; Bend each of the legs downward at a point about 1/2" away from the thorax/square.
- Then, starting at that bend, measure approx. 1 and 1/4 inches and trim extra off.
- Direct the front legs toward the head and the middle legs toward the back hopping legs.
- Take a light green 12 inch chenille stem. Bring both ends together and connect together.
- Make a point in the center of the loop by slightly bending.
- Repeat this step with another stem Connect the ends of the light green wings to the middle of the top stem of the body by twisting them on securely.
Kids Crafts Grasshopper 2 - Toilet Paper Grasshopper
- Empty tissue paper roll
- Acrylic paint
- A paint brush
- 2 small gold pompoms
- Plastic craft eyes
- A paper punch
- Craft glue
- A green chenille stem
- Two 4 1/2 inch craft sticks
- Five 2 1/2 inch craft sticks
- Small hacksaw.
Method for Kids Crafts Grasshopper:
- Begin by cutting out a smiling mouth at the bottom of an empty tissue paper tube.
- Trim the other end to form the tips of folded wings.
- Punch 2 holes approximately one inch back on the top of the head. This is where the feelers will go. Now your tissue paper roll grasshopper is ready to paint and decorate.
- With help from an adult, cut one of the 2-1/2 inch craft sticks in half. These will be the grasshopper's feet. The remaining craft sticks will be used for the legs.
- Cover your work area, and paint the cardboard body a pretty shade of green.
- Paint on any additional details if you want.
- Paint all of the craft sticks dark gold, and allow the parts plenty of time to dry before going on to the next step.
- Cut the chenille stem to form 2 1/2 inch feelers.
- Push them through the holes in the head, and bend them inside the tube so they remain secure.
- Add a couple of drops of glue to reinforce them.
- Bend the feelers at the ends to give them shape.
- Glue the plastic eyes to the pompoms.
- Allow them to dry, and glue the pompoms to the top of the cardboard tube, directly in front of the feelers. The cardboard tube should start to resemble a grasshopper.
- All it needs now are the Kids Crafts Grasshopper legs.
- Glue 2 of the 2-1/2 inch craft sticks to the underside of the front of the tube.
- Place them just behind the mouth so they appear to be outstretched.
- Glue a 2-1/2 inch craft stick to the end of a 4-1/2 inch craft stick.
- Glue it at an angle. This will be one of the grasshopper's back legs.
- Glue on one of the 1-1/4 inch craft sticks to form the foot.
- Set it aside to dry while you make the other back leg.
- Allow plenty of time for the glue to dry before attaching them to the body.
- Apply glue to the top inside of the grasshopper's legs, and hold them against the body for a few minutes so they will stick.
- Let your tissue paper roll grasshopper dry completely before handling.
- You can make various sizes of tissue paper roll grasshoppers by cutting a paper toweling or wrapping paper tube to the size you desire.
- Use larger plastic eyes, pompoms, and craft sticks for larger grasshoppers.
- Paint the body black or brown and you have a cardboard tube cricket.
- Change the colors of the legs, pompoms, and chenille stem to match the cricket's body.
- You can turn your Kids Crafts Grasshopper or cricket into a cute flowerpot pal.
- Glue a small piece of craft stick to each of the front feet so your creature will hang on the side of an indoor planter.
Enjoy making these Kids Crafts Grasshopper.
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