Barefoot by the Sea: Firefly Recycled Bottle Craft

Friday, July 13, 2012

Firefly Recycled Bottle Craft

A couple of weeks ago, Riley caught her first firefly, obseved the little guy and released it.  This past weekend, Sydney was mesmorized by the sight of fireflies all around us as we read stories on our lazy Summer Saturday evening.  We decided to make our own fireflies out of recyceled water bottles!  Easy, fun and a cute Summer activity.  Here's what you'll need:
1. Recycled plastic bottle
2. Eyeballs
3. Construction paper for wings
4. We used leftover streamers for it's body
5. Green paint
6. Wire
7. Pipe Cleaners
8. Glue
9. Small glowstick
The list above is what we used but I'm certain you could use whatever supplies you have in your craft drawer....beads for the eyes, paint for the body, etc.  Anything goes!

Here's what you do:
1.  Paint the outside of your bottle green or use your own green bottle if you want to skip this step.  We did this outside and left them out there to dry.
2.  Wrap two pieces of wire around the body of the bottle to make at the bottom and pull two ends of the wire to make the feet.
3. Glue your streamer or paper to the body of the firefly (we used yellow).  The streamer worked well because it is thin and translucent.
4. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the bottle opening to make antennae
5. Cut out to wings and glue them to the top - decorate them, anything goes!
6. Glue your eyes to your bottle opening
7. When it's night, crack your light stick and put it inside of your bug.  You'll see the bug will glow! 
8. Screw your bottle cap back on the bottle
I was amazed by how much the girls enjoyed this craft and enjoyed their little creatures.  It was a fun craft, using recycled supplies and perfect for Summer!


  1. What a great idea! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for following Mommy Time Out


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