How to Make Air Dry Clay Bugs

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These cute little clay bugs are easy enough for kids to make with a little help. Bear in mind that the clay will need to dry overnight, so the making and decorating can be done in two separate craft sessions. You can make any shape bug using clay, card and a little bit of imagination! Once your insects are all ready take them out into the garden and put on a little bug show in the grass.

Ladybird

Suitable for : Beginners

Time needed : 1 hour, plus drying

You Will Need Craft Essentials
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  • Round tablespoon measure (optional)
  • Blunt knife
  • Cling film
  • Sandpaper (optional)
How to Make

1. To make the rounded back of the ladybird, line the tablespoon measure with a piece of cling film, with the ends sticking out the sides. Place a lump of clay in the measure and press down. If you don’t have a measure, roll a ball of clay to about the size of a golf ball and cut in half.

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2. Use the cling film to pull out the clay, then slowly peel it away. Place the clay, flat side down, on the cling film and use the back of a blunt knife to mark a line down the middle, to create the two wings (make sure you don’t cut too deep). Place the clay a warm spot and leave for 24 hours to dry out.

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3. Once dry, sand the bug with a little sandpaper if you want a smooth finish, then paint red. Using black paint, paint the the front quarter of the bug to make a head and add matching spots onto each wing.

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4. Once the paint is dry, add some googly eyes with a little glue.

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5. Draw around the bug onto the scrap of card. Add six small leg shapes to this circle and cut out. Glue onto the base of the ladybird and she’s all ready to fly away home.

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Butterfly

Suitable for : Beginners

Time needed : 1 hour, plus drying

You Will Need Craft Essentials
  • Cling film
  • Blunt knife
  • Scrap of paper
How to Make

1. Fold a scrap of paper in half and draw half a butterfly along the fold – about 10cm high. Cut out and open up to make your template.

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2. Roll out the clay between two layers of cling film to a thickness of around 5mm. Place the template on top and cut around it with a blunt knife. Discard the excess clay and smooth with your finger and a little water.

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3. Press fingerprints into each wing of the butterfly, then set aside to dry.

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4. Paint the butterfly, you can add patterns or shapes too if you like. Once dry, glue on sequins and add a layer of varnish if you want extra shine.

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5. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the centre of the butterfly twice. Twist the ends together at the top and trim to about an inch to create 2 antennae.

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Snail

Suitable for : beginners

Time needed : 1 hour, plus drying

You Will Need
Craft Essentials
  • Craft glue »
How to Make

1. For this one you’ll need to get your wellies on and have a little explore outside to find an empty snail shell – look under bushes, by walls and in the soil. Check that it’s empty (or you’ll have a shock later!), clean and dry it. Paint the shell and leave to dry.

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2. Put some clay inside the shell and press in to add weight to the snail. Then, roll a small tapered sausage (about an inch long) and stick to the base. Roll another sausage, a bit bigger (about 2in x 0.5in). Flatten one end and attach it to the bottom. Bend the other end up to make a head.

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3. Roll two thin antennae and attach them to the back of the head.

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4. Glue on googly eyes. If you like you can paint the clay, but we think he looks quite nice natural.

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For more crafting ideas, baking goodies and toddler activities check out our blog www.littlebuttondiaries.com.

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