The cutest caterpillar is soft and fuzzy and jingles when he moves.

Cutest Caterpillar

No bells, no whistles . . . well, okay, a few bells! Make the cutest caterpillar out of egg cups and jingle bells. Not only is this craft fun to look at, but it makes a lovely sound, too.

What You'll Need:

  • Foam or paper egg carton
  • 7 small jingle bells
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • 1 crescent-shape faux gem
  • Tiny poms
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Craft glue

Step 1: Cut 9 egg cups from the carton. Trim the edges as smoothly as you can.

Sew thread through the center of the egg cup.

Step 2: Thread a needle, and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Poke a hole in the bottom of one of the cups from the outside in. Pull the thread all the way through.

Step 3: String a second cup onto the thread, this time poking the hole from the inside out. Glue these 2 cups together.

Thread a jingle bell on the line and attach it to the cups.

Step 4: Thread a jingle bell onto the line, then begin stringing the rest of the egg cups. Place each hole off-center in the bottom of the cup, stringing from the inside out. String a jingle bell after each cup. Repeat until the final cup is in place.

Step 5: Tie a knot in the thread, and glue it to the "nose" of the last egg cup (the face of the caterpillar).

Step 6: Glue wiggle eyes and a gem on the face to create a smile that covers the end of the thread.

Glue colorful poms along the body of the caterpillar.

Step 7: Glue tiny colorful poms all over the caterpillar's body, making sure to glue one to the very end, covering the thread at the bottom.

String more than 9 egg cups -- string 20! or 30! or more! This critter can be as long or as short as you like.

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