If you are anticipating spring’s warm sun and blue skies, then this colorful caterpillar suncatcher craft is perfect for you! Made from recycled Play-Doh lids, this easy spring craft is fun for kids of all ages.
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How to Make a Colorful Caterpillar Suncatcher
When my boys were little, we were absolutely CRAZY about homemade playdough and made fresh batches weekly. But now that my kids are 7 and 9, playdough play isn’t a daily activity staple. I still like to keep playdough on hand for rainy days, but since homemade playdough has a relatively short shelf-life, I purchased a large box of Play-Doh to keep on our craft shelf.
But you know kids…they mix colors and leave the lids off! So if you buy Play-Doh, you end up with extra yellow containers (perfect for storing paints) and lids. I can’t bear to recycle them because they are perfect for crafting!
We recently upcycled our Play-Doh lids to make a sweet caterpillar suncatcher that is perfect for spring! I just know you will like it as much as we do. Make sure to check out more insect crafts made from recyclable materials at the end of this post.
To Make This Craft You Will Need
- play dough lids (5 small and 1 large)
- Glue Dots
- 2 small wiggly eyes
- black permanent marker
- 2 black pipe cleaners
After gathering supplies, attach the Play-Doh lids to each other with Glue Dots. The large Play-Doh lid will be your caterpillar’s head.
When the caterpillar’s body is finished, stick 2 wiggly eyes to the large Play-Doh lid. Use the black permanent marker to draw a smile on the caterpillar’s face.
Next, use scissors to cut 2 antennae for the caterpillar from a black pipe cleaner. Our antennae were about 2 inches long. Stick them to the back of the large Play-Doh lid with Glue Dots.
Last, use scissors to cut 10 fuzzy legs for the caterpillar from the remaining pipe cleaners. Our legs were about 1 inch long. Bend the ends of both the legs and antennae to complete your caterpillar!
Hang the caterpillars in the window by attaching loops of transparent tape to the back of the Play-Doh lids.
More Spring Crafts for Kids
Click the images below to view more colorful spring crafts for kids!
More Insect Crafts for Kids
Click the links below to check out more creative insect crafts for kids, made from recycled materials.
Cardboard Tube Grasshopper Craft | The Craft Train
Egg Carton Bee Craft | Buggy and Buddy
Butterfly Wall Hanging | Make It Your Own
Recycled CD Ladybug | I Heart Arts N’ Crafts
Recycled Milk Jug Dragonfly | Kids Craft Room
Recycled Bee Craft | I Heart Crafty Things
Colorful Caterpillar Suncatcher | Fireflies and Mud Pies