Yarn crafts are some of my absolute favorites. If you’ve dug around the craft section here, that would probably be easy to see. I have to say, though, I can’t remember any making me happier than our Cardboard Roll Yarn Wrapped Bugs Craft!
Inspired by my son’s large plastic bug collection, which freaks me out every time I come across one lying in the middle of the floor, the bugs made in our Cardboard Roll Yarn Wrapped Bugs Craft are the best kind of bugs. They’re colorful, they’re googly eyed, and they can’t really fly. My kind of bug.
For our Cardboard Roll Yarn Wrapped Bugs you will need cardboard rolls and a multi-color skein of yarn. The multi-color yarn just makes the whole thing easier, and more colorful. The rest of the supplies include googly eyes, pipe cleaners, felt, a single hole punch, tape, scissors, and hot glue.
Cardboard Roll Yarn Wrapped Bugs
- Toilet paper cardboard rolls
- Multi-color yarn
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes – random sizes
- Single hole punch
- Clear tape
- Hot glue
Begin with a clean toilet paper-sized cardboard roll.
Punch 2 holes on one side of the cardboard roll, as far in as the hole punch will allow. Do the same directly across at the same distance on the other side. Also cut a slit on one end of the roll, about an inch in.
Take a pipe cleaner and slide through one hole and the hole directly on the other side of it for the bug’s legs. Wrap an end of the pipe cleaner around the end of the cardboard roll and back through the hole to secure. Do the same for all 4 legs.
Now insert one end of the yarn into the slit and start wrapping around the cardboard roll until completely covered.
Once covered, finish wrapping near the slit. Cut the yarn and insert that end into the slit as well.
Tape the yarn ends to the inside of the cardboard roll to secure.
Cut a circle from the felt for the wings. Cut that circle in half.
Hot glue the wings in place along the top part of the yarn. Then hot glue the eyes in place. We used big eyes, medium eyes, smaller eyes, different-sized eyes. They all worked.
This is such a fun anytime craft! For more of our favorite yarn crafts also be sure to check out our Articulated Cardboard Sharks Craft, these Yarn Tassel Monsters, and this Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Pencil Craft for back to school! But we have so many more fun yarn craft ideas at Our Kid Things, too!