Ladybugs! Bumblebees! Frogs! Birds!
Create these wonderful creatures from old golf balls. A simple step of curling the wire ends makes the project kid-friendly. You assemble them and the kids paint them!
Fun golf ball garden buggies for a recycled Earth Day craft project.
Step 1Bend wires to desired shapes. Curl all ends that will be exposed to make these garden buggies kid-friendly.
Step 2Drill holes approximately 3/4" deep using 3/64" drill bit. Use a vice to hold the balls steady while drilling.
Step 3Use Sharpie to mark locations for drilling holes for legs, antennae, etc.
Step 4Insert wire legs etc. into holes. If they don't fit really snugly, add a little adhesive to the ends and try again. Allow to dry. I use Goop or E6000 for this.
Step 5Use adhesive to attach nut for nose (ladybug, bee), screw for beak (bird), washers for eyes (frog).
Step 6Prime everything (spray or brush).
Step 7Paint base colours: frog (green), bird (blue), ladybug (black and red), bumblebee (black and yellow).
Step 8Do finishing touches for each buggie. Frog: use Black Sharpie to draw eyes, nose, and smiling mouth. Ladybug: Paint or draw wings and spots. Bumblebee: Draw stripes with Black Sharpie and fill in with paint. Bird: Paint eyes with white paint, add details with Black Sharpie. See images for colours for legs and antenae.
Step 9Cut wire for legs, antennae, and bird tail. Frog: (4) 4" wire legs. Ladybug: (6) 1.5" legs and (2) 1" antenae. Bird: (2) 4" wire legs and (1) 10" wire tail. Bumblebee: (6) 1.25" legs and (2) 2" antennae.
Step 10Wash and dry golf balls. Decide which buggies you want to make and get supplies ready.
Step 11Get buggie!