Rosalie and I have both been enjoying looking at bugs this June – she’s taken a real interest in the creatures that share her outdoor play space. We have a wonderful ceanothus right next to her sand and water table and the bees have been frequenting it. She also has play logs which we up-turned to explore what might be hiding underneath – mostly slugs and woodlice if you’re interested.
We have been spending much time outside but in true British weather style, the summer hasn’t been that great so we’ve also been finding ways to explore bugs inside. Making these minibeast suncatchers was such fun and super easy!
Initially Rosalie wanted to make a ladybird (these are her favourite bugs), but she loved it so much that we went on to make a bee, a butterfly and a dragonfly too. Here’s how we did it.
How to make minibeast suncatchers
You will need:
Sweet wrappers or tissue paper
Double-sided tape or glue
Step 1: draw the outline of a bug onto black card.
Step 2: cut out the middle or the wings, depending on the bug.
Step 3: bluetak a piece of contact paper, sticky side up, onto the table.
Step 4: stick the bug outline, pencil markings facing up, onto the contact paper.
Step 5: cut out squares of tissue paper, or use sweet wrappers, and cover the contact paper. To make the bee and the ladybird, cut out black stripes and spots and stick them to the contact paper BEFORE decorating with colour.
Step 6: cover the suncatcher with another piece of contact paper, making sure it’s smooth.
Step 7: cut around the outline, leaving a few mm of contact paper.
Step 8: using glue or double-sided tape (or self adhesive eyes) stick googly eyes onto the front of the bug.
And there you have it, beautiful minibeast suncatchers to brighten your windows.
*please ignore the dirty windows, didn’t realise how bad they were until I took these photos!*