by Eco Kids Planet June 18, 2021

Use inspiration from nature to make these colourful button bugs. They are so easy to make, you will soon have a whole swarm.

Button Bugs


What you need:

  • Buttons in different colours and sizes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Beads for feet/antennae
  • Strong glue
  • Scissors


What to do:


Step 1: Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal lengths. These will be your bug’s legs. Twist two of the pieces together to make a cross shape.

Step 1

Step 2: Take your button and thread the third piece of pipe cleaner through the holes.

Step 2

Step 3: Turn your button upside down on the table and place the pipe-cleaner cross on to it. Twist the third pipe cleaner around the cross to fix it in place. 

Step 3

Step 4: Turn your bug over and bend its legs into position.

Step 4

Step 5: If you would like to add antennae, twist another length of pipe cleaner around the legs of the bug underneath and bend into position.

Step 5

Step 6: Glue on some googly eyes and thread beads on for feet and antennae.


Craft by Daisy Fox

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

In other Eco Kids Planet News

Monthly competition: super slime creatures

by Eco Kids Planet May 03, 2022

Thanks to everyone who took part in our Super Slime Creature competition. You created a whole new world of slime diversity, reaching well beyond planet Earth. Well done to everyone who entered the competition! 
Monthly competition: animal kitchen creations

by Eco Kids Planet March 31, 2022

Thanks to all our readers who sent us their animal creations! We hope you had lots of fun creating these in the kitchen.
Monthly Competition: Ice Decoration
Monthly competition: ice decoration

by Eco Kids Planet March 03, 2022

Thanks to all our readers who sent us their ice decorations! We hope you had lots of fun creating your frozen art pieces.