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This is a great display for a classroom – to have the students’ names displayed as a “Welcome Back to School” bulletin board or to show progress for kids’ reading goals, spelling achievement, etc. Or, what a neat way to personalize a child’s bedroom with their name and the titles of books they’ve read! The possibilities are endless!

Materials:

  • FloraCraft® Brand Products:
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
  • Discs, White:
  • (2) 11 7/8″ x 15/16″
  • (2) 9 7/8″ x 15/16″
  • (1) 7 7/8″ x 15/16″
  • (1) 5 7/8″ x 15/16″
  • (1) 3 7/8″ x 15/16″
  • Balls, 3″, 4″ and two 2 1/2″
  • Foam Cutter
  • 7 Coordinating Scrapbook Papers from Bugs & Butterflies Collection (The Paper Company)
  • One each: Daisy Stripe, Bright Mini Dot, Flight Path, Ladybugs, Grasshopper,
  • Butterflies, Buzzing Bees
  • 2 Wiggle eyes, 35 mm
  • Yellow sunglasses
  • 48 Round colored toothpicks
  • Brads (paper fasteners) for name plates (2 per name)
  • 7 Large paper clips
  • 2 Lime green chenille stems
  • Acrylic paint: Razzle Berry and Black (DecoArt® Americana®)
  • Glue Stick (Elmer’s® Craft Bond™)
  • Tacky Glue (Elmer’s® Craft Bond™)
  • Craft knife and cutting mat (Elmer’s® X-Acto®)
  • Paint brush
  • Black, permanent fine-line marker
  • Pencil
  • Newspapers
Instructions:
  1. Plan placement of discs for bug and scrapbook papers for each disc.  Use glue stick to attach papers to discs. Use craft knife and cutting mat to trim away excess paper from discs.
  2. Paint both 2 1/2″ and 3″ ball with berry-color paint. Paint backs of both wiggle eyes black. Let dry.
  3. For eyes, the backs of the wiggle eyes are being used to make the pupils. Use Foam Cutter to cut 4” ball in half and position to top of face disc with ball halves touching. (See photo.)  Position wiggle eyes with black, back sides up on foam ball halves, hollowing out small areas for wiggle eyes. Apply tacky glue to rounded part of wiggle eyes and place into ball halves. Glue eyes to head, touching each other.
  4. Use Foam Cutter to cut 3” ball in half for nose. Glue half ball to face nearly touching eyes. Position sunglasses on nose. Mark and slit with knife where bows can be inserted into head. Cut off curved ear parts of sunglasses. Place sunglasses on nose and insert drops of tacky glue into slits before inserting bows into slits.
  5. For antennae, bend zig-zags into chenille stems. Insert berry-colored ball on each stem. Insert other ends into top edge of head disc.
  6. Draw and cut squiggly mouth shape from scrapbook paper. Attach with glue stick to face.
  7. For legs, randomly insert toothpicks into bottom edge of body discs. (Note: This is an excellent time to introduce patterning concepts by alternating colors of the legs.)
  8. Cut out 2” wide strips of paper for writing class names or book titles using markers. Attach by pushing brads through strips and down into discs.
  9. To hang, insert paper clip into top back of each disc.  Hang each disc onto a bulletin board push pin or wall nail. Then, if needed, connect discs with toothpicks. (This allows for easy disassembly and storage.)

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