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butterfly and bee kids craft made from cardboard tubes

Rummage through the recycling and create these super cute cardboard tube craft garden bugs with the kids.

Cardboard tube garden bugs are a super cute and fun spring craft for pre-schoolers. They’re fun to make, simple and look fab.

What you need for our cardboard tube craft garden bugs

  • cardboard tubes
  • sheets of coloured or patterned A4 paper
  • glue
  • sticky tape
  • google eyes
  • mini pompom noses
  • pipe cleaners

How to make cardboard tube craft garden bugs

toddler making cardboard tube craft garden bugs
  • Spread the cardboard tube with glue and then wrap the cardboard tube either in stripes for the bee or plain coloured paper for the butterfly body – secure with sticky tape at the back.
  • Cut out two circles of coloured paper for the garden bug faces.
  • Stick google eyes, pompom nose and little mouth shapes onto the face.
  • Cut a pipe cleaner in half and coil the ends into a spiral.
  • Using sticky tape attach the pipe cleaners to the inside of the top of the cardboard tubes, behind the face as antenna.
  • Cut out the butterfly or bee wing shapes and using sticky tape stick them to the back of the cardboard tube body.
  • Decorate the butterfly wings either with cut out paper shapes or stickers.

Enjoy making and playing with your beautiful butterfly and bee crafts!

More garden bug activities to try

  • Pebble Painting – turn your little pebble collection into a group of super cute mini-beasts.
  • Bug Mask – have a go at making our huge bug eye mask
  • Garden Bug Hunt – grab our free printable garden bug hunt sheet and head off outside to hunt out some mini-beasts.
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Yield: 1 bug

Cardboard Tube Craft Garden Bugs

butterfly and bee kids craft made from cardboard tubes

Super cute bug craft for kids

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost £2

Materials

  • cardboard tubes
  • sheets of coloured paper
  • glue
  • sticky tape
  • goggle eyes
  • mini pompom for nose 
  • pipe cleaners 

Tools

  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Spread the cardboard tube with glue and then wrap the cardboard tube either in stripes for the bee or plain coloured paper for the butterfly body – secure with sticky tape at the back.
  2. Cut out two circles of coloured paper for the garden bug faces.
  3. Stick google eyes, pompom nose and little mouth shapes onto the face.
  4. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and coil the ends into a spiral.
  5. Using sticky tape attach the pipe cleaners to the inside of the top of the cardboard tubes, behind the face as antenna.
  6. Cut out the butterfly or bee wing shapes and using sticky tape stick them to the back of the cardboard tube body.
  7. the butterfly wings either with cut out paper shapes or stickers.

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